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I want to thank the Post Independent and Walter Gallacher for yet another wonderful Immigrant Story, this time about Susie Jimenez in the Dec. 13 edition. Every one of these stories is a real gem.

If you are like me – not satisfied with reading the occasional Immigrant Story in the Post Independent – remember that you can hear one, new or from the archives, five days a week on KDNK radio at 5:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, during All Things Considered.

Each immigrant’s story is even better when you hear the person’s own voice telling it.



Nancy Smith

Carbondale



For this I give thanks, no more families (hopefully) will suffer the loss, as our family did, of a loved one. More than 4,500 Americans have died in this war, other countries have lost people, Iraq has suffered immeasurable devastation in terms of death, a fractured society, economy and country.

Somehow America’s debt and the economic times we are in must be (at least in good part) attributable to the costs of this war. I don’t know how much, our political leaders, on either side, are not talking about it; it is not part or our national discourse.

Welcome home all who served, let us all join forces, hand in hand, to make this country a better place, to make this country worthy of the human cost that was paid.

Let America rise from the dust more humble, less quick to violent measures, freed from the tyranny of false politics and reclaim the beacon of Truth, Justice for All.

The war is over. Who won?

Rick Davis

Glenwood Springs

The recent letter by Ms. Schlumberger patronizing the RFSD’s board prompts me to write. Yes, patronizing, and yes, myopic in vision.

Here are some issues people fail to grasp:

1. Where is/did the money come from to undertake this “360” Evaluation. I have yet to see any mention of this in the limited publicity.

2. Where would the money come from if in fact the board has to buy out the superintendent’s contract?

3. Why aren’t people concerned about the larger issue of school funding? Who knows what the state’s budget for K-12 will be? Shouldn’t the board be focused on funding issues rather than their own personal vendettas? This mill levy will not solve the issue.

4. What organization is run by the rank and file? It is my understanding that the superintendent is in charge and gives the principals and teachers their marching orders (and not the other way around). I think, If I remember correctly, that in the armed forces the generals run things and the president and Congress supervise. I do not think the teachers are in charge … and if they are we are all in trouble.

6. I do not understand the why the state board of education has praise for the work of the school district. I believe “model” was the term used for the rest of the state, and there is this concern over the work of superintendent. Isn’t that what is important and not being popular? Where is this factor coming into play in this “360”? Work is not a popularity contest, that is why we call it work. Programs are put in place to accomplish a goal. And in the district, educate our students. It seems that the district seems to be moving in the right direction. This whole issue is very divisive and affecting the work in the classroom. Sure there needs to be an evaluation. Funding and the success of the children have not been mentioned. Shame on the board and Ms. Schlumberger. These factors need to be addressed and not ignored.

Leary O’Gorman

Carbondale


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