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January 24, 2013

Letters to the Editor - Jan. 24, 2013

Watch your butts, please

Dear Editor,

I would like to remind people of the extreme fire danger out here. Someone threw their cigarette butt out in our front yard causing a grass fire. Fortunately, my dogs alerted me to the danger before the flames reached my house. Since we live out in Mountain River Estates, it’s quite a ways for the fire department to come out. With the winds picking up I was afraid it would spread to other properties before they got here.

I give thanks to my neighbor, Janet S., who stopped and called them for me and stayed with me as I watered, and to the Millsap volunteer firefighters who (finally) made it out with their super soaker hose. It was the longest 40 minutes of my life!

Please, smokers, remember to use your ashtrays and not the roads for your waste! Next time it could be your place!

Thanks again my heroes and angels of the day.

Carol May, Millsap

A response to the voucher system

Dear Editor,

Most Americans assume that we’ve always had public schools, that they came with the Constitution and are an indispensable part of our democratic system. But nothing could be farther from the truth.

Why did the American people put the education of their children in the hands of government so early in their history? It had nothing to do with economics or the lack of literacy. It was the result of a philosophical change in the minds of the academic elite.

The U.S. Constitution does not mention education anywhere. It was left up to the states, parents, religious denominations, and school proprietors to deal with. This was done to ensure that children learned to read so that they could read the Bible and go on to higher education. But there was much home schooling, private tutoring, private academies, church schools, and schools for very young children. There were no compulsory school attendance laws, and no centralized state control over the curriculum.

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