By WILLIAM J. KELLY
Reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic:
I have no idea where that wise saying about education originated, but whoever came up with it was quite correct in its importance to learning. They are better known as the three “R’s.” There are those in education who think another “R” should be added, a “how to study R.” They are probably correct, but that is another subject altogether. To me, reading is the most important and the key to learning all other subjects. Along with reading comes vocabulary, the meaning of words. According to Sir Winston Churchill, a person needs only 600 words to be able to communicate effectively. I think he did that quite well. A good dictionary and a companion thesaurus are all you need to have good word meaning. The “Word Power” page in the Reader’s Digest is a good way to learn a new word or to check your understanding of words. If your student son or daughter tells you that they cannot do statement problems in math, it is because they cannot read the problem correctly. That is a big hint to parents that remedial reading is necessary. It is impossible to do even basic math if you cannot read. That brings us back to the three “Rs.” What do you think?
Bud Kennedy quoted a restrictionist group protesting in Murrieta, California, as follows: “Americans are not breeding while ‘the bronze master race is.’ ... We will die out and they will win.” I consider Kennedy a super liberal who takes every opportunity to change some person’s or organization’s statements into something racial. I never heard of a restrictionist group or a “protect” page, but according to Kennedy, they must exist. I also never heard of a bronze master race, as I doubt if many of you have. In the first place, there is not a bronze race just because some splinter group uses that term. The quotation in itself is ridiculous and if on some platform should be removed. The part about white Americans not breeding is born out by birth statistics. The Spanish are Caucasians, but their birth rate is not part of the white birth rate statistics. Today, a white person cannot site a statistic without being called a racist by the real racist. The majority of people who believe all illegal aliens should be deported, including this abnormal amount of children, are not now and never have been racist. It is a matter of law! And those who believe that fact are just as compassionate, if not more so than those of a different opinion. We need political debate without name calling as is used by Kennedy.