I love the Express, but grit my teeth every time I see the My Style feature. Ive always found it rather strange and pointless, but at this time of year I find it downright offensive. The total for the individual featured in the Dec. 6-12 issue was $900. The same day I read the Express, the Record-Eagle ran a front page story about a local nonprofit thrift store, which gives away childrens winter wear, not having any gloves for an 11-year-old boy.
I went to the store and told the manager I would be happy to buy him whatever he needed, but the boy could not be located. However, the newspaper story resulted in a surge of donations. They were still short on snowpants, so I went out and bought many pairs of childrens snowpants and donated them. They cost less than what the My Style individual spent on her hair, makeup, and nails. I dont have a lot of money, so guess Ill just have to do without my $900 getup.
We all spend money on ourselves, but do we have to glorify it in the pages of the Express? Why not use the space to highlight more interesting things about local people, or to recognize some of the dedicated volunteers and staff of the many nonprofits, and their philosophy of giving. Anything would be more uplifting than how many hundreds of dollars somebody spent on their clothes, shoes, handbag, jewelry, hair, makeup, and nails. Is there anybody else out there who couldnt care less?
To all those doctors out there who pose proudly and reveal how much they spend on themselves, and to all those 11-year-old boys who have no winter gloves, I wish you Merry Christmas and Peace.
Andrea Stewart TC
Regarding the words of Matt Robb, in Express letters Oct.11 letters section:
....politics to me was a scattered mess of emptiness - rhetoric from on high, specifically designed to confuse our better senses. Then, a voice boomed through the TV set, setting off flashing memories of a better world in the making. There is not a liberal America and a Conservative America, there is the United States of America.......
This government of the people, by the people, and for the people was constituted by faith-full people who had to be persuaded to enumerate the rights they considered to be from God and were to be protected for the good of all, the common good. These people, no doubt in my mind, were hearing from God who wanted this country founded. God not only wanted this country, he still wants it and even now God himself inspires people for the common good. Although God is communicating to people, not everyone hears or listens or pays attention. It is not easy to tell who is and who is not hearing from God today. All I know is I want people holding office and employed by the government to be God-fearing and listening for Gods leading voice.
Marian Johnson Manistee
I have noticed the irony regarding TCAPS recent decisions. If you examine academic literature regarding schools size/districts, student achievement and other indicators, you notice that at a point as school size increases with respect to student population these indicators are negatively impacted. One technique being utilized in academia to combat the negative effects of larger schools is the school within a school technique. However, the technique is also being utilized in elementary schools as well. The concept is to operate several smaller schools within the same physical building (a larger school). Thus, the schools seem smaller, operate with a small school mentality and can, or attempt to, capture some of the small school advantages.
The two ironies I notice are:
1) As TCAPS accepts a grant to implement school within a school techniques, they are at the same time enlarging their schools.
2) Whether intentional or not, this technique is currently employed at Central Grade School. There are three programs housed each with their unique identity - traditional ed, Montessori and TAG. Implementing the change in student population - switching Glenn Loomis and Montessori students - actually does the reverse of the school within a school technique. The result is a larger than optimal traditional education student population.
A lot of people mention, Well, Glenn Loomis is closing, and that is a given, so where must we move Montessori? However, I think this begs the question why is Glenn Loomis closing? Unless it is part of an end result the district is visualizing as the future of TCAPS. Perhaps they should share the picture. People discuss Glenn Loomis closing as if it were in fact closed. Remember, the school is there with students, staff and faculty in existence this year and if there is no basis to close it, then dont.
Personally, I will not be directly affected by Glenn Loomis or Montessori locations, but both programs deserve consideration and support. Professionally, I do not represent any residents districted to Glenn Loomis. But, I am a parent that is interested in the district making decisions based on substantive reasoning.
Beth Friend TC
This week yet another letter on foie gras! Im a birder, love life, but really folks, why cant we get this upset about our young people dying in Iraq, or all the children living below the poverty level, or how more and more of us have no health insurance.
Then theres the enviroment, cooperate greed, the fact that our economy is going down the tubes. The list is
endless. Lets pick a better topic to vent our rage about! And lets do something about it.
Have you written or called your congressman lately?
Heather Peyton TC