Island School: Don’t sell out! [“One Schoolhouse No Longer
Fits All,” March 6].
The majority of the population pays a high price to simulate
your small school amenities . . . either in private school
costs or extracurricular activities. If you can see yourselves
through your financial woes, the entire community will benefit
in the long run. Your commitment to seeking a solution rather
than simply “tuitioning” students out to a nearby district
is a noble effort. One that shows your children you care.
It’s clear you care.
Take it from me:
Sixth grade public school graduating class: 5.
Twelfth grade public school graduating class: 24.
Now, I am a parent of two seeking the comforts and attention
I received as a child. At an annual rate of $12,000, my children
attend a private school with larger class sizes than I experienced.
What I’m missing is the genuine community a small town such
as yours provides. Good luck with your decisions. I’ll be
watching your process and quietly supporting your efforts
to do the right thing for your kids.
I would agree with Jeff Keller that the American press has
not said much about the Congo and its ongoing struggles with
Rwanda and Uganda [Letters, March 20], I want to say that
any attention given to that part of Africa, hopefully increases
So many Americans are seemingly unconcerned about what their
fellow human beings endure in sub-Saharan African, it is truly
amazing. I would hope that in the near future that Mr. Keller
does write more about the Congo. Drawing attention to the
Rwandan genocide is not an endorsement of the present government,
and while perhaps receiving more press now, the genocide is
still largely unknown to many Americans. Finally, I feel that
any genocide, and the choice by individuals to do such evil
to a stranger, one’s neighbor, family member or fellow parishioner,
no matter how old or young, and enthusiastically, moves beyond
the realm of political manipulation or affiliation.
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