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Updated: May 10, 2013 6:02AM



Government never succeeds in creating a perfect world

There are three hard lessons that I’ve learned during my life on this planet. #1- Life is not fair. #2- All human beings will struggle with various types of problems and tragedies. And most importantly #3- There is a God and He is not me, or you, or even Barack Obama.

That is why any political leader who promises to fundamentally change life as it plays out under #s 1 and 2 above is either basically misguided or an outright fraud.

The genius of our Republic as devised by our founders and codified under our Constitution recognizes that the rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness come from God and not any ruler or government. These rights guarantee only equality of opportunity not equality of result. They guarantee only freedom to pursue our interests and not a carefree life devoid of strife.

History tells us that attempts by Statists like Obama to impose a Utopian Paradise via government fiat always result in disaster. At best, economic chaos and a drastic societal decline occur as currently is the case in Greece and Cypress. At worst the dreams of these central planners turn into the living nightmares of Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China and Castro’s Cuba.

Gary Ziolkowski

Crown Point

Students’ behavior is what we need to fix in schools

I read an article about the Lake Station teacher in March 27th’s paper and am, once again, astonished how our judicial system wastes time and money on cases. First, I believe the teacher should be held accountable, and yes the school system could find some way to take care of that. However, for our Lake County prosecutor’s office being involved is ridiculous!

Our society has let our youth run wild, they bring drugs, guns and knives to school. Young girls do not dress properly. They disrespect adults, teachers, moms, dads, coaches, neighbors, etc. They don’t know how to behave, and rather than discipline them, today’s parents feel the need to send them to counseling, or prescribe medication, even worse, parents sue the schools systems! Several girls at Griffith High School just had a case dismissed after threatening other students lives because it was said, “they have rights,” freedom of speech, you know.

The Lake Station article stated some students feel threatened — please. Many of our students today have no fear of authority, or consequences, because there are none. It’s actually a breath of fresh air to find well-mannered youth today.

I’ve heard this was a good teacher. I also realize he made a mistake, he is supposed to be setting the example, so yes, take care of that matter. This is not something that needs to be taken care of in a court of law. This needs to be addressed in the home, so students know how to behave, and not cuss teachers out in class! I truly don’t know why an individual would want to become a teacher today, less respect, low pay.

Belinda Speer

Portage



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