Students have always been unprepared for college
Once again we are hearing about how ill prepared so many Ohio high school students are for college. It is nothing new. The same situation has existed for decades. It seems that the font for the story could be filed away until the inevitable repeat comes around. Then change the dates and names and reuse the story.
When I graduated from a public school and entered Miami University of Ohio in 1949, I was required to travel to John Hay School in Cleveland to take a battery of placement tests on a variety of subjects: mathematics and English among them.
The purpose was to determine how much remedial instruction I would need at Miami. I believe that these tests were the precursor of the ACT, and other colleges used them for the same purpose. As it happened, I didn't need any remedial instruction, but my freshman adviser had the test results in front of him when I registered that fall. So colleges gave remedial instruction 50 years ago, and probably before.
The situation is Ohio's schools is of long standing, coming to a head when the DeRolph lawsuit burst on the scene.
As usual, there are those who say, "That doesn't apply to our school; our students are doing great on the tests, and many are entering college."
Well, good for them, but they are missing the point. Despite all the rhetoric, Ohio's schools are far down on the list of priorities of the state's political leaders. If those leaders continue in their penurious behavior towards Ohio's public schools, colleges, and libraries, they will succeed in pulling Ohio crashing to the bottom in just about everything. Then it will not matter if their students are doing well. They will be tarred with the same brush, and nobody will take them seriously because they are from Ohio.
JEROME K. STEPHENS
Police have double standard for city noise
Noise ordinance law? What a joke. What is the sense of having laws if no one enforces them? Every year July 4th brings fireworks. I see no harm in them if they are displayed in the proper place with trained professionals. However, that is not the case.
I have a wife who is ill and two little dogs. My wife gets no rest when fireworks are set off in the city. My dogs are afraid to go outside. I have to leave my wife and take my dogs in the car to Canfield so that they can do their business.
Recently I participated in the Relay for Life held at Young State University. I find it truly amazing that the Youngstown Police Department was against their having 24 hours of entertainment because of the noise ordinance law. Yet we have people setting fireworks off every night.
In calling the police department, I have been hung up on, told that they have priorities or that they are busy.
How ironic that they can create such an ordeal for the Relay for Life, that raises funds for cancer patients and research, yet it is all right to permit illegal use of fireworks where people get hurt and it disturbs the lives of others.
Fireworks are illegal in Ohio, yet they are sold here. Do our officials choose what laws they will enforce? As a taxpayer, I am tired of the attitude, treatment and disrespect from government workers.
FRANK C. GUTIERREZ
Quality of life important
My congratulations to the residents of Beachwood Village Lakeside Estates for their stance to maintain theit property values and investments.
Beachwood Village was designed for the explicit purpose of seeking to provide upscale housing within the city of Youngstown. Property values in the area must be maintained. Youngstown Schools will have a major impact on the East side of the city. A new high school, a new middle school and renovations to North and Mary Haddow schools will only enhance property values in this area.
My deepest appreciation to councilman Rufus Hudson and the residents for their desire to maintain their quality of life at the Beachwood Estates.
LOCK P. BEACHUM SR.
X The writer is a member of the Youngstown School Board.