Forum: Students must come first
April 24, 2013 9:42PM
Updated: May 29, 2013 6:25AM
Phil Kadner’s recent column (“A nation that places children first,” April 17) was enlightening, and I think America needs to start comparing itself to other countries that are successful in education.
We really need to look at the root of the issues our kids are facing. The real goal should be academic excellence and the well-being of our kids.
I agree that the diversity of our nation may be a factor in our issues with our education system.
Nevertheless, that can’t be an excuse to not thoroughly investigate our system because every child needs to have the same access and opportunity.
Their success then can be determined by themselves.
The unfortunate disadvantages of social class should not determine the quality of education a student receives. We also need to make sure that there’s no disadvantage to attending a public school over a private one.
We really need to focus on reducing the gap between our social classes, especially when our middle class is shrinking.
America needs to prioritize.
How important are our children to us?
Victims more than criminals
I am writing in response to your March 25 editorial, “Prostitutes should not be felons.” I could not agree more with your opinion on this matter.
Normally, prostitutes are nonviolent offenders, and labeling them with the same title given to robbers, murderers and rapists is certainly unjust.
Your point that many prostitutes are actually victims themselves is extremely valid.
Most prostitutes were raised in dysfunctional or neglectful homes and ran away from home when they could.
It wouldn’t be outrageous to assume that many of them suffered abuse as well.
I also find it shocking that Cook County spends about $9.5 million a year on jailing prostitutes.
If being more lenient on prostitution will lower taxes as a result of saving almost $10 million a year, it would be unreasonable not to do so.
Raymond T. Hodorowicz
Where was God?
The Rev. Dan Marler of the First Church of God in Oak Lawn wrote in his April 18 Forum letter on the Boston Marathon bombings: “I found myself thanking God for those who respond with compassion, goodness and courage. There are people who do what is right, who act with valor.”
Undoubtedly, those people deserve much credit for responding to the pain and suffering of their fellow human beings.
But as far as we know, God did nothing. In fact, in his “all powerfulness,” he could have prevented the bombings. Apparently, he didn’t want to.