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Tile T, ra- February 29, 2012 COMMUNITY OPINION Page 5 i Letters From page 4 Fault often not easy targets' Editor: When I read The New Era ar- ticle relating how the School Board decided to advocate for a four-day school week, I expected to read and hear a lot of negative response. I ap- preciate The New Era opinion piece trying to put a positive spin on a very controversial decision. I also agree with the opinions of those who wrote letters to the editor with a more negative bent. Though I have a very low opinion of how "our" school system is being run in this country, 1 constantly try to remind myself it's the system I despise, not the people running it. It's this distinc- tion that keeps the discussion civil. I can disagree with someone without hating them or getting angry. Yes, there are those who use a system to profit themselves through greed and selfishness and some who are willing to use children, the el- derly, the sick and poor of society to line their pockets and keep their jobs. But when you really look closely at an institution such as "The School System" or "The Government," what you see is people• Our new school superintendent, good:or bad, has been handed a great big box of responsibility. When you • judge his decisions, please remember he is at the bottom of a food chain. Most Of the financial decisions he is left with have been dictated at a much higher level than the local district. A wise man I know once told me something that keeps me on task when dealing with corporate or gov= eminent budget decisions: "When- ever an official tells you there is no money in a budget, it just means it's been allocated somewhere else." If poor or self-motivated deci- sions are made at the top level, it's those at the bo(tom who suffer. Our local superintendent and volunteer School Board members are not at the top of the decision-making process. Tim Riley Sweet Home Civil right, s in general under fire Editor: Diane (Daiute, Feb. 15) force- fully said in a way it will be heard; every American with a conscience must hear it. 1 was outraged as Nancy Pelosi was when I saw five male members on the board to evaluate and make recommendations concern- ing women's laealth and women's rights. There is no lesser of two evils in this story. Citizens like you give confi- dence that I am not as crazy as I thought. A five-minute clip from a trustworthy news source should alarm everyone to what is going on. As I stated previously in a letter, it is not just an attack on women's rights, it is an attack on civil rights, and Republican Gov. Christie of New Jersey wants the people to vote on the right of gay marriage. The public cannot vote on civil rights. Imagine the KKK backed by a Super Pac. He is afraid to commit either way, it may affect his future in a negative way if he sides wrong, however, I think he has done that to himself by demonstrating his inept knowledge of law. It is not just women, and it is not just gays, but if they allow birth control, they cannot control the supply of workers and they are against immigration. The COP has a problem. I learned 20 percent of people in the highest- income countries consume 86 percent of the world's resources• The poorest 20 percent account for a minuscule 1.3 percent• It seems the wealthy would have the power to end malnutri- tion throughout the world. After reading this article, maybe climate change does not have as much to do with the prob- lem as does the climate of the mind and the GOP. This needs to concern everyone. Jeff Daniels • Sweet Home llQiIru 3/07/2012 ANYCARTON OFCIGARETTES m Gatorade 32. oz. 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