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Please respect the Remembrance Tree

Dear Editor, On or about Dec. 31-Jan. 3, our Remembrance Tree in Heinze Park on Railroad Avenue in Rifle was vandalized and destroyed. Everything on the tree – homemade ornaments, tree skirt, lights, garland and the extension cord – was either shattered on the ground or taken. The Remembrance Tree is decorated by people of the Garfield County community who choose to remember their lost loved ones in a special way. Considering the cold, hard facts of losing a loved one, decorating this tree is not much consolation; however, driving by the park and seeing the tree lit up gives us a ray of hope and a feeling of warmth of the ones we have lost.We will be decorating the tree next year for the fifth year. Please have respect and compassion for your fellow community members. Thank you.Peggy McCune and Bonnie StrongRifleStandards-based grading scale is impossibleDear Editor,I am an 11th-grade student at Glenwood Springs High School and would like to bring to attention our new grading scale. It’s called standards-based grading. This new system is making school life next to impossible not only for the students but for the teachers. With this new system every single thing students learned must be assessed and then entered into a confusing grade book. But if a student wants a better grade on anything they can reassess an assignment, sound goods right? Well, it’s anything but good. This means the student can take much more time and procrastinate turning in assignments and add more to the teachers’ enormous workload. I was recently talking to a staff member of the school and found that it takes teachers about four times the usual amount of time to enter grades. I also found that many students are doing worse in subjects and I’m not just talking about students who “slack” but good students who try hard. It’s just too much to handle reassessing every assignment to get a sufficient grade. This new system is not preparing students for college and the real world. In college there is no “reassessment” and you can’t just reassess something like a job interview. This new system simply is putting students and teachers on edge. Sarah LewisGlenwood Springs

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