Sulynn Moore described with accuracy in her June11 letter to the editor that Common Core was insidious. Some of the dire implications of Common Core are current state adopted textbooks will not align with core-approved textbooks, and Common Core will require extensive professional development of school administrators and teaching staff . Taxpayers pick up the tab!
Teachers with mandates on exactly what and how they shall teach, assessments will insure that they do, or suffer the consequences. No governors, state school superintendents or state legislators were active in the process of creating Common Core.
... and another thing!
Pope Francis and President Obama have much in common! Both want change but the Roman Curia and the United States Congress put up roadblocks and nothing gets done. At the same time lay people in the Roman Catholic Church and United States voters continue to demand change. It's time to get rid of the aged Roman Curia and the aged United States Congress!
... that's ridiculous, stop it already!
On June 21, the $70 billion Wisconsin biennium budget passed the State Assembly and Senate. This landmark budget cut taxes by $650 million, expands private school vouchers statewide, tightens Medicaid eligibility, freezes property tax increases and UW tuition, and reduces the size of the government. Earlier, in June, the state Senate had passed a bill that required a fetal ultrasound before any abortion procedure. The biased reports about the final budget plan from the liberal mass media published 11 paragraphs of Democrat criticism and only one paragraph by Alberta Darling, Republican.
In addition, Gov. Walker has, correctly, refused federal funds for Wisconsin Medicaid and insurance exchanges under Obamacare, and, thereby, avoided further huge expenses for this state. These are clearly responsible government decisions.
Fair weather patriots
Soon it will be the Fourth of July and we'll all celebrate Independence Day with barbeques, fireworks and the other good things of a summer holiday. It would also be a good time for each of us to re-examine who we are as Americans! Are you a patriot or just the fair weather variety? Do you see yourself as an American first or does your political, religious or racial ethnicity come first? Many of us put our personal beliefs first, narrowing our view, limiting solutions. Maybe it's time we all put America first.
'A little rebellion'
As we get ready to celebrate our nation's birthday, I'd like to remind everyone that the Revolutionaries - those people whom we celebrate - damaged government property, damaged property of those loyal to the government, spoke out against government wrongdoing, and spread propaganda against the government.
I mention this because of the similarities to today and the negative comments made toward people who speak out against our government. Had those brave people 240 years ago not taken a stand, we wouldn't have this wonderful country of ours.
As Thomas Jefferson wrote, "A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing." (Thankfully, we've become more civilized in our approach!)
A just verdict
What bothers me about the Trayvon Martin murder trial is the fact that some people think it is justice only if the defendant is found guilty. Is it not true justice when - and only when - the jury announces their verdict? I will wait for the verdict and call it justice, whatever the verdict is.
Mike Van Sleet
A matter of time
Some of the things I've written about have shown almost immediate improvement. Spring cleanup piles were almost all kept out of the street. Almost every water spigot in our cemeteries is milk jug covered. (Please leave some water in the jug when finished to hinder wind havoc.)
Unfortunately some things still need a little work. Believe it or not, the speed limit on the 21st Street viaduct is still only 25 mph, going up as well as going down. The number of people running red lights is, if anything, worse than ever. Pick any light in town and observe; after the light turns yellow, how many cars that could have safely stopped continued through the intersection, some of them even on red? Oh well, the light has a built-in delay, before it goes green, to allow for those who don't have the time or inclination to stop. It's a safety factor.
Senate Bill 206, June 12, 2013, 8:35 a.m. Wisconsin women are ordered by law to have a medical procedure against their will, even against their doctor's will. Medically unnecessary forced ultrasounds, usually transvaginal. The Republican controlled House also passed the bill. Our supreme leader, Walker, is looking forward to making it a state law, with no exception for rape or incest. According to Rep. Jackie Speier, 32,000 women a year get pregnant by rape.
Welcome to Wisconsin, America's dairyland. Forced ultrasounds, and 49th of 50 states in jobs, 193,000 short of Walker's 250,000 promise.
We can still brag about our dairy industry, until Walker will force something on our cattle, like one bull, one cow. Now that's a lot of bull.