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Small Is Community

To the Editor:

Green 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.

Ardie Pierce
Saratoga Springs

It’s All Bad

To the Editor:

While 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 awareness.

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.

Catherine Wagner Minnery
Saratoga Springs

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