February 25, 2013

Letters to the editor: Early education doesn't bear fruit

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Marisol Garcia, Bethlehem Zerabruck
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Children play together at a Head Start program in Hillsboro, Ore., in 2007. Supporters of Head Start and other pre-K programs mean well but don’t acknowledge that such programs can’t make up for poor parenting and a neglectful home environment, a reader says.

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This need is met by the public high schools, which provide vocational training and charter schools with special programs.

I believe that recruiting the intellectually gifted and the athletically gifted, at the expense of the less intellectually gifted and the less athletically gifted, is neither Christian nor democratic.

There is no correlation between religious learning and virtue.

Jesus has said: "Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it unto me." (Matthew 25:40)

Coleman P. Gorham

Portland

Criticism of rifle ban shows NRA knows where money is

I have been watching the National Rifle Association's spokesman apparently making a fool of himself reacting to the push for anti-gun regulations until I said to myself, "Wait a minute. This guy is much too smart to be that stupid, and his organization is much too smart as well."

As I thought about it, I realized I was being conned. The NRA had already come out in favor of universal background checks in the past. Then the light went on.

By pushing against the most popular gun restrictions (universal background checks, smaller gun clips and bans on assault-type weapons), the NRA has allowed its obligated friends in Congress to vote in favor of the background checks and the reduced size of ammunition clips but against making assault-style guns illegal.

And just where do you think the big bucks are for the gun manufacturers who help finance the NRA? Surprise! Why, in the sale of guns, of course.

It would have been a perfect cover. Our people in Washington could have passed what citizens wanted, but there were just too many questions about the assault weapons proposal to get that through.

Al Burk

Bridgton

City employees stepped up during blizzard, aftermath

Congratulations go out to Portland Public Services Director Mike Bobinsky and his team of supervisors, snowplow drivers, sanders, salters, dispatch personnel and cleanup crews for keeping the city and island roads open during the blizzard, and to city spokeswoman Nicole Clegg for keeping us well-informed during Nemo and his aftermath.  

Their efforts and results were outstanding.

Bravo Zulu.

William E. Mulkern

U.S. Coast Guard, retired

Portland

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