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Education should be priority of politicians


Dear Editor,

Down we go! I hear we are short of nurses and medical care people. Also we need to educate more engineers, school teachers, mathematicians, etc. and on and on. Yet our children cannot afford to get into colleges, but all the foreign students go for almost free. What happened to 'No Child Left Behind?' We are behind many other countries. No money from the Feds! How about the governor's plan for higher graduation standards and at the same time threatening to cut school aid by $125 per student unless she gets a raise in taxes?

Then I see money allotted for sidewalks to nowhere. Who wants to walk next to Van Dyke and get hit by flying debris? And how about grant money for new storefronts and new sports complexes? Oh, I know they're 'Grant Monies.'

In this day and time, please, this should be used for education in which we are short-changing our young people sorrily. Shame on us. Where are our priorities?

I've been called an old curmudgeon before, so I'm not looking for love. I'm just asking for some common sense. I'll debate you dissenters any time. Let's get this education thing right or further down we go.

Paul N. Smith
May 08, 2007

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