Letters to the Editor 9/10/09

Real rallies, parental participation and high-speed rail

The opinion article by Jim Hightower — “Fake rallies on the rise” (Sept. 3) — was rife with inaccuracies. Hightower seems unable to comprehend that the current administration did not receive a mandate to raise taxes, increase the deficit and encourage unemployment. Citizens are attending the rallies because they want to voice their opposition to the policies being promoted by the current administration. The citizens of central Illinois don’t need a whole lot of outside corporate organization to urge them to attend.

I attended the tea party at the State Capitol. The speakers were primarily local business people concerned that policies are going to jeopardize their ability to stay in business, or to continue their current level of employment and the benefits they currently provide their employees. A young college grad also discussed concerns about future opportunities. I walked around in the crowd — which was much larger than portrayed in the local news — and met local people and a few from as far away as Peoria, Jacksonille and Decatur. This was a happy crowd, enjoying the chance to get together and be patriotic.

I also attended the Energy Citizens rally. This was organized by 23 different groups. One speaker represented a midwest oil producer serving only local producers. Other speakers represented farmers concerned about increased costs to operate their farms, a representative from a downstate coal mine worried about unemployment and a sheriff representing the Illinois sheriffs. He was concerned there will be fewer police cars on the streets with the increase in prices that “cap and trade” will bring.

Once again the event was happy. A terrific band played, including a lot of patriotic songs and salutes to our Armed Forces. All the speakers encouraged citizens to respectfully contact their senators and representatives and let them know their feelings about “cap and trade” legislation.

Wake up, Mr. Hightower. There are a sizeable number of people in our area who do not agree with the policies of the administration and our legislators and welcome the chance to get together with like-minded people.

Susan Jones

Parents will now be able to create their own personal school curriculum modifications with the recent creation of the Opt-Out-Now Program, recently launched as a result of President Obama’s pep talk to schoolchildren. Expanding on the idea, schools will create a new Web-based Contrary Curriculum Newsletter, which will be e-mailed directly to parents each week. The newsletter will contain a list of school-determined learning experiences and give parents an opportunity to select alternatives for their child. These parental options include a) sending their own “personal unit” for their child’s instruction, b) authorization for the child’s time-out, away from their schoolmates or c) sending a blindfold, earplugs and a gag to administer to the child for the duration of the regular class learning experience or until graduation — parents choice.

Learning units eligible for parental options to be distributed in the Contrary Curriculum Newsletter coming weeks:
• History (looking for new outcomes: Civil War, WWI and II, etc.)
• Current events (we’ll just ignore whatever you want)
• Science (lots of options here from alchemy to astrology)
• Arithmetic (including math options)
• English (we don’t teach much here, so don’t worry)
• Foreign languages (English, Ebonics)
• Sports (submit your own rules)
• Recess
Now isn’t that silly?

John Dale Kennedy

I thought high-speed train service had been discussed years ago and it was decided the rails were too old. Perhaps the IDOT department needs to add another I in their logo!!

Donna Mull

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