Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: schools

March
28th

SCHOOLS: The old way doesn’t work just fine today

Re: “The old way worked just fine” (letter, 3-27).

I’m currently a junior at Wilson High School, and in previous years I had to walk to school. Not only did I have to wake up at the crack of dawn (which results in less sleep), I also had to be at school at a rather ridiculously early time. Fortunately, I didn’t live miles away.

But not all people are lucky enough to live a few blocks away from the school. I know people who live more than 15 minutes away. So the school bus is an excellent way for

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March
26th

SCHOOLS: Later start would help students

Re: “Give high school sleepyheads a break” (editorial, 3-24).

I am a junior at Wilson High School. I work part time at Safeway as a courtesy clerk and play varsity baseball for school as well as on an off-season team. At the end of each day, I am exhausted and find little time to do homework.

If school started later – around 8:30 a.m. – then I would be able to stay up longer to do work and still have a good night’s sleep.

I usually go to sleep around midnight and wake up at 6:30 a.m. This makes

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March
25th

SCHOOLS: Teacher-student interaction always existed

Re: “Crossing the line online” (TNT, 5-23).

Social media and use of technology in itself may make it easier to see blurring of student-teacher interaction, which school districts have tried to regulate, but it has not targeted the true reason for sexual misconduct between teachers and students.

Before there was Facebook and texting, the teacher-student interaction blurring was just as easy when teachers lived close in the same neighborhood where they worked, had their children attend the same school they teach at, and interacted with students in local businesses. Many teachers allowed school field trips to their home years

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March
24th

SCHOOLS: The old way worked just fine

Re: “Give high school sleepyheads a break” (editorial, 3-24).

A hundred years ago when I went to school, the school day was from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; be in homeroom by 8:45 a.m. That made sense; 3 p.m. dismissal still gives time for sports activities. Besides, sports should come in second in importance to education.

Back then, every child wasn’t given a taxpayer-supported, gas-guzzling chauffeur (bus ride). If a family doesn’t find housing closer to schools, why is it our responsibility to drive them across the county?

We did parent carpools, and the old shoe-leather method wasn’t unheard

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March
24th

SCHOOLS: Teens need to disengage from devices

Re: “Give high school sleepyheads a break” (editorial, 3-24).

Your editorial suggests that schools need to consider starting school later to accommodate the sleep needs of teenagers. I both work with teenagers and have raised one. The suggestion that biological clocks and hormones are preventing students from getting the sleep they need is erroneous.

I have found that the majority of teenagers I have spoken with go to bed late because they are engaged with their digital devices or televisions past midnight. Schools should not have to change schedules which, as your editorial indicates, affects sports programs and transportation

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Jan.
31st

SCHOOLS: How many districts do we need?

Today I sat down to vote. The cover of the voters’ pamphlet told me to vote “no.”

Each school district has a superintendent. Each superintendent requires a salary and benefits, office space and utilities, equipment, supplies and staff. Each staff member requires a salary and benefits, office space and supplies, etc.

There are 13 school districts listed on the cover of the voters’ pamphlet. How many tax dollars are going to staffing these districts? Why do we have so many? Do you really believe we have “local control”? How many education dollars would be available to the classroom without so

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Jan.
13th

EARTH: Keep population numbers under control

Re: “Support Sumner/Bonney Lake schools levy” (letter, 1-12).

The writer expressed concern about the continued economic viability of our community. I am concerned about the continued livability of our planet. Having already passed a population of 7 billion, we have probably already exceeded the carrying capacity of the only habitat available to us.

If the threat of global warming is real (I think it is), and the activity of mankind is the cause ( I think it is), then more people will inevitably increase the threat. We do not need more people.

The writer has already entered five children

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Nov.
21st

SCHOOLS: Parents must control children’s access to guns

Re: “How about parents’ responsibility?” (letter, 11-21).

Although as a parent I know how hard it is to raise kids and sometimes things go wrong despite your best efforts, I agree wholeheartedly with the writer that parents need to take responsibility for their children’s conduct in the classroom.

Our teachers and staff deserve a safe work environment. Other kids – yes, my kids – deserve a safe learning environment. And that goes double for access to firearms. If parents must have guns in the home, they must go above and beyond to ensure that children do not have access

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