Dear Mr. Hammer, I'm responding to your request to the United Way of Oak Park and River Forest to reverse their decision to not fund the Boy Scouts of America. I have this mental picture of you, incarcerated by your own bigotry, marking the days off on your calendar, one by one, for three years.
My children and I attended the Carroll Park redesign meeting, and we were not pleased with the design on many levels. As a mother of two children who attend Lincoln School and have spent many hours playing in the park, we know it well.
Let the spinning begin! Scooter Libby is the fall guy and what a good soldier he is. The Bush White House led us to war under false and morally-corrupt pretenses and then attempted to smear anyone who disagreed with them.
Dear Mr. Crowe, I have been fortunate to teach music in the public schools for 19 years. One of the downsides to my subject area is that at times I feel the need to defend my "soft" subject. I'm so relieved that this time someone is attacking other "soft" subjects as the reason for the demise of education.
I have rarely read such drivel as I did when I read Jack Crowe's column of Nov. 16 [Dist. 97 vs. Dist. 90, The difference between Homer's Odyssey and Homer Simpson, Viewpoints]. Judging the reading curriculum of Julian and Roosevelt middle schools on his son's and his nephew's recitation of titles is a poor place to begin a dialogue on the "reading deficits" at Julian.
Proponents of Intelligent Design (ID) believe the universe and living things seem so complex that an intelligent agent must have conceived and fashioned them. When these proponents (IDers) say "agent," they do not mean an FBI agent or a secret agent like 007. They mean a deity or an industrious false God or maybe just a boogerman with a knack for puttering around with creation.
Thank you, Prof. Pergams for your letter [Mind the Gap, Viewpoints, Nov. 9]. For those who missed it, he compared reading and math scores of the eight elementary schools, showing the minority achievement gap. Highly significant were scores at Beye which "need to be especially and immediately considered."
The annual Holiday Food and Gift Basket program is well underway, and we need your help! We realize that people have been very generous already this year to our friends and neighbors overseas and in our own nation.