April 12, 2013

Letters to the editor: NRA gets an F on guns-in-schools plan

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Wayne LaPierre
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The National Rifle Association, led by Wayne LaPierre, above, recently reacted to the Newtown massacre by calling for school staffers to be trained as armed security officers. “The same people who profited from the guns and bullets that killed those children” have no place giving advice, a reader says.

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DeWitt Kimball

Complete Home Evaluation Services LLC

Brunswick

'Asinine' statement fails to capture sub tragedy's impact

"This ship (Thresher) helped save the world." How asinine, how exaggerated this statement ("Thresher crew 'helped save the world,' " April 6).

Notwithstanding the circumstances under which it was made, a commemorative ceremony, its issuer, an admiral in the U.S. Navy, should forever be characterized as someone who is both foolish and pompous.

The Thresher's loss was grim news, appalling and shocking. Kennedy, himself lost that very year, was president; I, 31 years old, was living in New York.

In the 50 years since its destruction, attributable most likely to slipshod manufacturing, nothing has occurred leading one to believe the world has been saved.

Let the Navy's reputation be restored; retire this admiral.

Paul E. McArdle

Boothbay

Parents urged to speak up to save Biddeford schools

Do you care about your children's education?

If you do, speak up, please; otherwise, just repeat the word "goodbye."

Say goodbye to teachers, nurses, administrators' aides, bus drivers, support and more. We have already lost a great deal, stripped from our hallways, leaving empty rooms and school administrators juggling more than they should.

Principals are in charge of more than one position without an assistant principal to fill in when they are gone. Why? No budget for it. Two hats must be worn.

Personally, I would love to have the principals in our schools full time, supported by an assistant principal, but these are the decisions being made. Why? Because the administration's hands are tied trying to cut the budget, and the parents aren't speaking up.

We have to call and talk to our school board now before the changes are finalized. Not after. If we don't speak up now, then there is no right to complain when everything is gone. Which leads us to that word again: "Goodbye."

Goodbye to the librarians: Children who have been able to learn about books in the library will find themselves in a repository, left with choices but no guidance.

Goodbye to the registered nurses, replaced with licensed practical nurses and hopes that no medical emergency will make a difference.

Goodbye to bus aides and special educators. Goodbye to assistant coaches and money for sports programs, music and foreign languages. Just goodbye.

If we as parents do not speak up and call now, then there is only one word you need to know: "Goodbye."

Please call a school board member now.

Goodbye.

Beth Goodrich

parent of twin Biddeford Primary School students

Biddeford

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