Do not agree to get rid of books
In your publication and in the New York Times, I have read articles which have continually referred to the book “Maus” and its sequel “Maus II”, as a novel. Neither is a novel; together they are a memory. The report concerns a father’s recounting to his son of his and his wife’s experiences before, during and after the Holocaust.
It is essential that it is not a novel. The Holocaust is a major event in history and is of such significance that in Germany it is against the law to deny that it happened.
I read them both when they were first published. When they were [removed from the curriculum] in McMinn County, I was appalled. At that time, I reread and noted the passages and the images that I think they opposed. If memory serves, the applicable adage (paraphrased) is: If we haven’t learned, we’re doomed to repeat. Most things start out simple, slow, so they are more easily acceptable.
Some things should never be accepted.
Group eyeing books bad school problem
It’s clear that the Hamilton County School Board‘s Book Review Committee is a frivolous distraction. But what’s most frustrating is the poor distribution of concerns. We just spent two years prioritizing bars and restaurants over schools, and the data confirms what we already know in our guts – our failure to keep schools open has led to significant learning losses. , especially among the poorest students.
COVID aside, there’s a lot to do in education. For years, we have seen an exodus of baby boomers from teaching, while the five-year teacher turnover rate is around 15%. According to state data, about 35 percent of third-graders in Tennessee are reading at the grade level (the goal is 75 percent). In Hamilton County, the 2021 four-year graduation rate decreased from 2020 and is below the state average. In addition, a consultant said the district has $1.3 billion in deferred facility maintenance.
It’s easy for people on either side of this argument to feel smug, like you’re standing up for the kids, but the reality is that you’re wasting valuable time, and ultimately Hamilton County students are paying the price. My question is, do you care as much about facilities or teachers or graduating students as you care about these books?
Trion Department Store forever “Big Friendly”
I felt such nostalgia when I saw the title of the March 5 Region page: “the Big Friendly”. It transported me back to the early 1950s in my hometown of Trion, Georgia, an industrial town backed by Riegel Textile Corp.
“The Big Friendly” was the Trion department store: everything anyone could need was under one roof, from groceries, meat, novelties like candies, nuts, gum, clothes for men and women, shoes for the family, a pharmacy, sodas. fountain, hardware store, furniture (including caskets), a beauty salon where my mother worked and a famous fabric department offering rolls of fabric, patterns and sewing accessories of all kinds, and even a cafe for customers of breakfast and lunch.
My favorite section offered magazines and comics. After spending my 50 cent allowance on new comics, I was allowed to crawl under the counter, sit on the floor, and peruse the ones I couldn’t afford.
While I applaud the efforts of Mr. Turner and the civic leaders of Summerville to promote friendship and make small towns more like the welcoming places they once were, for me and my Trion cohorts there is no will only have one “Big Friendly”, the Department of Trion Boutique.
Jeanne (Bankey) Ball
Appropriate reference to “Iraq’s Burning Pits”
President Biden was right to bring up the “hearths of Iraq” and his son, Rep. Boebert! I served in Iraq from August 2006 to August 2007. The first seven months I was at FOB Anaconda (Balad) where there were three four story burn piles operating 24/7.
I was in Vietnam, where they had Agent Orange. When I served in Desert Storm they had “oil fires” that made the sky look like night in broad daylight. The “hot spots” of the war in Iraq are his problem with Agent Orange.
A McGill story attacks mainstream Christians
The Sunday March 6 front-page story is an attack on mainstream Christianity. Especially with the larger type size and bold type saying “Keep the Faith” and then saying “John Thomas McGill Still Believes in the Gospel”. An attack because much of the Gospel must be ignored to agree that God approved of homosexuality.
Should the Bible be banned in public schools?
Regarding Pam Sohn’s Feb. 8 editorial letter, the author believes that “secularism can lead to mass murder and genocide.” I wonder if he considered all the massacres and genocides committed in the name of religious causes: the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Thirty Years’ War, the Ottoman wars, the French religious wars, the Croatian War, the Buddhist Uprising, the Sudanese Civil Wars, the Bosnian War, the Mormon War. This is just a short list of religious wars. Historically, religion is a bloody affair.
Its criteria for including “other worldviews” are commendable: opt-in courses, understanding non-agreed worldviews and theories, debate, respect for different worldviews (“however wrong”?), and caveats. Are they also applied to teaching the Bible in public schools? Have Bible students been taught different worldviews and to respect them regardless of their beliefs? Are students warned about the Bible’s violent scriptures, racist and misogynistic texts, and the belief in slavery and intolerance? Do they fully understand the violent history not only perpetrated against Christians but by Christians?
It appears that if “Maus” is a banned book, the Bible should also be banned in public schools.
Paying more for gas is worth it
I don’t like paying high gas prices. But I will drive less and pay more to undermine Putin’s ability to wage an unjust war. Yay, Biden, for cutting his American support! Of course, I also assume that the big oil companies are blowing up. After all, they do it without any pretext.
Katheryn A. Thompson
Unanswered questions about immigration
Why do we no longer control who and what crosses our southern border?
Why aren’t these people who break our law checked?
Why is it wrong for our Border Patrol personnel to call them illegal?
Why do we have this policy of open borders, knowing that some of these people are carrying serious drugs and weapons, have heavy criminal records or are involved in human trafficking?
Why are those we apprehend taken in the middle of the night to cities and communities in our country without notifying the host communities of their arrival?
How come these “newcomers” are dropped off in their new city and told they have to “report” to a federal office, but there is no follow-up?
Why do the egocentric, selfish and sometimes unpatriotic [lawmakers] can’t pass laws that are good for America and work for everyone?
Why doesn’t the highest ranking officer in the land see this as a problem and deal with it?
My only conclusion is that he doesn’t want to. Why?
Douglas K. Davis