In a saturated urban area of 10-plus-million souls, we and future generations, as well as wildlife, will benefit from every bit of park land/open space that can possibly be acquired. Yes, I know it's tough budget times, but does this mean there is nowhere to turn to provide for the acquisition of more protected open space? Certainly there are funds tucked away in various places that could be used for this long-term investment.
And how about nice tax-deductible gifts from those corporate execs who in one year make many, many times what the vast majority of us earn in our entire lifetime?
President's speeches aren't new to classrooms
Presidential addresses are living history and, therefore, belong in the classroom no matter what party or president ("Keep Obama speech out of the classroom," Sept. 14).
Indoctrinating? Really, Debi Devens? President Obama talking to schoolchildren, as many presidents before him have done, is indoctrination? How insulting is that comment? "Faux News" and Rush "the drug addict" Limbaugh are at it again, I see. Talk about indoctrination!
I would suggest the real reason some conservative parents do not want their children to watch President Obama's speech is that this articulate, elegant American-born man (yes, Hawaii is part of the U.S.) defies right-wing stereotypes.
When George W. Bush was in office, I welcomed my then-elementary-school-aged child watching his speeches and participating in discussions with her classmates and even me! She knows my political views, but I am never afraid for her to learn about other views. I am secure enough in my arguments in that regard.
Challenging assumptions is how we become better citizens and a better country. If we had not, we would be speaking with a British accent now. If we had not challenged assumptions there would have been no Supreme Court decision guaranteeing one man/one vote.
Devens' diatribe is filled with fear. Of what, I wonder? I know I am my child's parent, and so does she! I also know and honor the office of the presidency and have taught my girl to do the same, even when we disagree with the person holding that office.
Has Devens done the same with her children?
Claudette A. Moody