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In the good old days we had other ways of showing rage


Published: Mon, November 29, 2004 @ 12:00 a.m.


In the good old days we had other ways of showing rage
EDITOR:
Every time I see something that was unheard of when I was growing up, I say I must be getting old. I grew up with good moral values set down by my parents. There was no bargaining with their rules and that was that.
I read in the paper almost every day how parents kill their children by one form of torture and another. The question in my mind is, were the children not wanted and instead of abortion or adoption the parents keep the children and when the children cry or otherwise "misbehave" they are killed; i.e.; drowning, squeezing until bones are broken, starving, shaking, burning, etc.?
People were up in arms about the showing of "Saving Private Ryan," gay marriages, and separation of church and state. People should be up in arms over the senseless killing of children.
I read in the paper about the fight at the basketball game and wonder why people would get so angry over a game. In our high school, Warren Harding, Massillon was our rival and if we beat Massillon, we felt the season was complete. Anyone who went to school at that time could tell you about the "clock" incident. In 1957 we were undefeated and our team had a chance of being state champs. Unfortunately we played in Massillon and there were rumors that Massillon didn't always play fair.
I was listening to the game and when it was over, we had won or so we thought. Massillon got the ball toward the end of the game. Seconds "mysteriously" appeared on the clock giving them the 20-14 win. No matter how much our coach protested nothing was changed.
We were cheated, we were angry, and then we really showed those Massillon Tigers. We wore paper clocks the next year we played them. We didn't riot, fight, burn or cause destruction. Look how far we have come from the 1950's where anger was managed not erupted, but today people get angry at the smallest things. I must be getting old.
PAT ZOCCALI
Warren
Note to president: Children are being left behind in Ohio's public schools
EDITOR:
This is in response to recent articles in The Vindicator and The Plain Dealer.
George Bush promised: "We will leave no child behind." (campaign speech, September 2000). But as president, he has left our public schools underfunded by $9 billion.
The Plain Dealer's Nov. 17 article showed that Ohio's schools will lose $376 million in public money to charter schools. This diversion of tax dollars comes as our voters rejected over half of the 286 school-tax issues in this past election -- our states most in the last 20 years.
In the Nov. 18 Vindicator article, Gov. Taft issued a warning to Ohio's public universities not to raise tuition. Our state's tuition for public universities has been raised over 60 percent in the past few years, the largest of any state in the country, thanks largely to Gov. Taft's cuts in funding to higher education.
I would like to know if Gov. Taft's next warning is to our local superintendents and school boards not to ask voters to pass levies to raise their taxes. (He has also cut funding to most Ohio school districts)
It is just amazing. Gov. Taft gives tax breaks to big businesses and corporations (money that would normally go to local school districts), but he and the Republicans want to put the burden on taxpayers. It also amazes me that we just voted Taft back in office over a year ago and in this past election Ohio voters put back the same Supreme Court justices who decided years ago that funding for public schools in Ohio is unconstitutional.
Nice sounding words and empty promises by Republicans won't improve our public schools. The only thing that will help our children is a steady commitment to better schools and the resources necessary to make a difference in every classroom.
Let's take care of the 99 percent of our students who are in our public schools.
ED FREISEN
Newton Falls


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