February 19, 2014

Speakout: Feb. 19, 2014


I think it’s horrible that no movie theater in the area offers closed captions for people who are hearing impaired. I know there are several people who live in this area who are deaf.


With another round of school budgeting ahead, administrators and board members should read the article “The Case against High School Sports” by Amanda Ripley, which appeared in the October issue of The Atlantic and can easily be found online. It examines how schools spend too much on sports programs.


No one can deny the great admiration and appreciation we have for our military veterans. If the local school districts were flush with cash, then I would have no objections to a tax break for our vets. But shifting the tax burden to already cash-strapped constituents is not the answer. It means future budgets will be put in jeopardy.


Our responsibility as a taxpayer is to educate children, not to teach Sally to play the piano or Johnny to catch a ball. If the superintendent and school board really wanted reform, they would badger our quiet legislators daily, demanding options to correct this antiquated system.


Servers, you spend about 15 minutes taking my order and serving my meal. Then you expect a large tip? Well if minimum wage were $15 an hour, your 15 minutes is worth about four and a half bucks, no matter what my bill is.


A local agency is supposed to help the poor. Come on, $4 for a pair of donated of jeans and $3 for a shirt. You get the stuff for free. Everyone else has fill a bag for $8.


Cumberland 12 Cinemas has been playing “Philomena” for the past two weeks and continues to show it. In the last six months, they have shown 16 independent films, providing a wide range of films to appeal to all moviegoers, not just “over the top” or “children’s.”

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