Letters: Superintendent should see to it students train for real life

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4:44 p.m Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 Opinion

Education should

train for real life

I know nothing about any individuals who have held or currently hold the job of schools superintendent, but I do know that until every graduating high school senior is skilled in some productive field such as carpentry, masonry, bookkeeping, food service, electricity, auto mechanics, welding, plumbing, air-conditioning, etc., that person is not doing their job.

If a graduating senior aspires to a profession, that’s what college is for. But currently, we even have Ph.D.s graduating with ridiculous majors that have no practical wage-earning capability. The chief object of education should be to make every pupil a self-supporting citizen.


Why tax people who

have no kids in system?

Once again the Palm Beach County School Board is contemplating another tax that will affect all seniors who have no children in school here. They just got us to pay millions in additional sales tax for schools, and now again they want to really stick it to us with a tax raise on our real estate. Why don’t they just assess the parents of all the schoolchildren? We already pay most of our county taxes for children that many of us don’t have in the system.


Mandate time to read

mammoth legislation

That old saw: “Laws are like sausages. It’s better not to see them being made,” applies in spades to what we saw last week with Senate passage of the tax reform package.

The 479-page bill was being amended on the fly into the early morning hours with handwritten notes in the margin. By the time of the “final vote” on the package, it’s doubtful anyone had the slightest clue what it contained. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell’s message urging passage was quite simple: vote for the bill now… you can read it later.

This criticism is not unique to the Republicans’ push for massive tax reform. The same embarrassing questions were raised when the Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which came in at over 2,700 pages and which no one had read.

Congress should establish a mandatory waiting period before any vote can be taken on the final language of a bill, e.g. two days for a bill over 200 pages, three days if the bill is over 500.

In legislation, the devil is in the details. And, it’s those devilish details about which lawmakers had absolutely no clue under the recent rush to vote.


Trump himself the

master of fake news

Our president, the highest public official in our country, is weighing in on inappropriate behavior and insisting that NBC stop reporting fake news. He then implies that “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough is guilty of murder? How unpresidential. How demoralizing to have a president with no scruples.

You’d think he’d have really important things to be concerned about like North Korea, the Middle East, the constant war in Syria, health care, jobs or a cure for cancer.

But, this is where he’s taken us. Down low. He’s again re-litigating the Obama birther question, and even questioning whether his salacious “Access Hollywood” tape is real? This is not a serious president. He only wants anyone to offer up accolades to him. But none is forthcoming. I can’t imagine why. Sad.