Letters to the Editor

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Problems bush teachers face not unique to rural parts of state

Let me start by saying thank you to Shana Loshbaugh and the Clarion for the fine series of articles on the problems faced by the bush schools of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

The second article of the series focused on problems teachers encounter while teaching in small remote schools. Unfortunately, many of these issues are not unique to professionals teaching in the bush. This article highlighted many real problems faced by teachers throughout the district and state.

Regrettably, this article also perpetuated several myths about our public schools.

When principal-teacher Wayne Young was quoted as saying that he "never uses the same lesson plan from year to year" that implied most teachers do. We don't.

We have raised the expectations and the bar of success for all of our students, and this is how it should be. Every child on the Kenai Peninsula deserves the opportunity to succeed in life. Not until we have proper funding for our schools can we ensure that all our students will have that opportunity.

Meanwhile, the hard-pressed teachers and other school employees are doing the very best we can with the inadequate resources at our disposal. This includes custom-tailoring our lesson plans to fit the new learning styles and expectations of our 21st century schools.

Bill Vedders


Lots of laws create specific privileges for some, not all

"An Outdoor View" (Peninsula Clarion, Nov. 16) warns that if Alaska amends its state constitution to comply with federal law, Alaska will be "... creating unequal classes of citizens." But "An Outdoor View" is in error.

If Alaska amends its state constitution to comply with federal law, Alaska will simply create another legally defined group of citizens

eligible for certain legally defined privilege.

When I became legally 60 years of age, I became eligible for the privilege of a permanent hunting and fishing license. When I become 65, I'll be eligible for the privilege of property tax exemption. If I shop within the legal boundaries of Anchorage, I enjoy the privilege of paying no sales tax. By being a legal resident of Alaska, I enjoy the privilege of the permanent fund dividend and am eligible to participate in personal-use fisheries.

These kinds of distinctions and hundreds of other like examples do not constitute "unequal classes of citizens."

The subsistence-rural-urban-state-federal questions require reasoned debate by men of goodwill, not inflammatory rhetoric.

John Nelson


President Bush's honorable ways earn him invitation to Kenai home

"The righteous are bold as a lion." Proverbs 28:1

I'm sure happy with that "bold Texan" and his family who now occupy that big old White House in our nation's capital. How wonderful it is to be praying for a president who does what he says, is not afraid to take a stand and is quick to admit he is just as human as the rest of us. It's so refreshing to hear the president admit to his past drinking problems and hear that no, his kids aren't perfect either, but they deal with it and keep going. This is a family I can relate to!

I've heard him quote scripture and it's actually correct -- unlike old what's his name who used to be in his place. I've watched his beautiful wife thank the American people for their prayers. And I've heard him call for whole days of prayer. I've seen him show true, good old southern hospitality by inviting Russian President Vladmir Putin to his own home in Texas.

I've laughed at his jokes and watched Putin and other prominent world leaders do the same. George Walker Bush, I am proud to call you my president and honored to pray for you and yours.

You are welcome in our old red house on Walker Lane here in li'l old Kenai, Alaska, any old time. Come on over. Bring Laura and your daughters. I'll fix you a salmon casserole you'll never forget!

In the meantime, God bless you all and keep you in his perfect peace. Keep up the good work!

Sheryl Main and family


Zephaniah 3:17

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