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March 30, 2013

Letters to the Editor: March 30, 2013

Right to arms

TO THE EDITOR: A brief history summary: Queen Ann’s War, Seven Year’s War, Revolutionary War, Concord Bridge, Fort St. Frederic, Fort Crown Point, Valley Forge, Saratoga, Plattsburgh, Monitor-Merrimac, Antietam, Gettysburg, Appamattox, Flanders Field.

Also, Pearl Harbor, North Africa, Anzio Beach, Omaha Beach, Iwo Jima, Tarawa, Okinawa, Nagasaki.

Also, DMZ, Inchon, Chosin Reservoir, Pork Chop Hill, Mekong River, Hue Citadel, Hanoi Hilton, Saigon, Desert Storm, 9/11 attacks, Baghdad, Afghanistan, Osama Bin Ladin.

Think about it. All of our millions of casualties and tens of thousands KIAs. Is it any wonder why our country’s founders included the “right to bear arms” way back almost 237 years ago? Do not let a few deranged cretins abrogate this freedom.

God bless, America.

BOB SPRING

Crown Point

 

Standardized curriculum

TO THE EDITOR: There is one definite advantage in getting older — having viewed the evolution of events over many years, the elderly can rightly say: “I have been there and seen or done that.”

Two recollections popped into my head as I read the recent account of the Model U.N. experience of North Country students. In 1948, I traveled with a group of students to the County Courthouse in Elizabethtown, from Saranac Lake, to debate current issues with representatives from other North Country schools. We each selected a topic and prepared our arguments, pro or con, in preparation for this public forum.

I chose the abolition of Regents exams, arguing a position very similar to those being made today against standardized tests.

Those arguments took place 65 years ago, and we are still debating these issues. As you can see, my arguments didn’t have much impact.

In 1953, as a third-grade teacher at the beginning of my teaching career, I was expected to conform to the Cardin System of Reading. This system wasn’t just about reading; it was an attempt to change the core curriculum of schools to conform to the wishes of Mae Carden.

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