Guns ‘ludicrous’ in light of shooting
I was appalled to read a letter in the Leader a couple of weeks
ago stating that everyone should have guns, that state Sen. Jack
Scott’s initiatives to make guns safer and less obtainable were
Well, as the events of recent days have shown us the truly
ludicrous thing in this world is the overwhelming drive of certain
people to show that guns really can make a difference. And they do.
They’ve changed this city and the lives of everyone connected with
our slain officer.
There are no studies or reports that will come to the conclusion
that a gun in a home makes it any safer a place to dwell. Quite the
contrary. As most studies show, a good majority of handgun accidents
happen in the home, and those almost always being as a result of a
firearm purchased for protection. How many times have we turned on
the television to see another child dead by a gun lying around his or
Now we have one more kid dead. And a gun is what killed him. Let’s
be honest -- the argument here is not about the great 2nd Amendment
debate. It’s about personal safety and I think it’s suddenly become
crystal clear that guns do not equal safety. Not for mothers,
seniors, kids -- or cops.
JESSE L. BYERS
School strives to serve with excellence
After reading John A. D’Elia’s letter, which was printed in the
Oct. 29 Leader, we were moved to respond. Initially, our response was
one of deep concern since D’Elia’s thesis seemed to hinge on one
sentence that the reporter had written in her article printed Oct.
We don’t understand how working with children whose parents are
not native speakers somehow prevents them from aspiring, assimilating
Our school endeavors to serve the students who come through our
doors, with equity and excellence, as the motto of the district
states. It is our mission to meet the needs of each student. Our
emphasis is on student achievement in all areas, and we have created
an environment where all students can excel. We have set the bar
high, and as our API scores can attest, we have made great strides in
achieving our goals. Students who are struggling are assisted with
“power classes” to help them, and students who are excelling are
challenged to extend their skills.
Our particular school boasts great ethnic diversity, which has
strengthened us as a school community. Of that diverse population,
the largest group is Latino. We have more than 12 languages
represented in our school; Spanish is the most prevalent.
It also appears that you believe that we are hindering “the
education process by slowing the process of learning English.” The
district does not offer bilingual education in any of their schools.
We do not teach in any language other than English.
The printed word is often open to interpretation by the reader,
and perhaps the article has led you to an erroneous conclusion.
In every career, people bring with them skills and life
experiences that enhance how they do their jobs. Having the skill to
communicate strongly with a particular group in their own language is
a bridge, not a closing door. At Washington School, where there is a
deaf and hard-of-hearing class, accommodations are made for staff,
students and parents who are deaf. For those of us who teach,
building relationships with the parents of our students enhances the
learning that takes place. Parents need to be partners with the
students, which enhances the learning that takes place. Parents need
to be partners with the teacher in their children’s education.
Communication between partners is very important.
As a member of this community, you also are a partner in the
education of its youth. As partner, we would like to invite you to
visit our school and see the educational program that is being
offered to our students.
Walt Disney Elementary