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Our opinion panel's take on issues of the day

8:23 PM, Sep. 20, 2013  |  Comments
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Better grading

It's time to do away with the archaic A - D and F grading system on report cards.

Currently, students' report card grades are based on teacher-made assessments of content that's been taught. These subjective assessments may be easy or difficult, leading one to wonder just what it means to get an A, B, C or D.

There is a new grading system based specifically on standards written by Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction. It uses AD (advanced), PR (proficient/at grade level), BA (basic/getting started) and MI (minimal/significantly behind) to describe students' progress in meeting these standards, thus giving a very clear, unambiguous picture of student performance and growth.

In this age of high-stakes testing, it is imperative that report cards become a more useful tool!

Carla Halvorson

Two Rivers

Citizen, consumer?

Every day we put gas in our cars, buy coffee, groceries and on and on. Again, we consume. Every day we are citizens, too. So?

Have we as a nation met the expectations set forth in the Preamble? I think what the Preamble defines as "domestic tranquility," and "promote the general welfare" are accomplished when citizens are able to stand on their own feet, pay their way. Isn't that what we want? Each of us making a living?

We are all entitled to an opportunity! Not of success, but the chance to earn it. When you're a consumer first and a citizen second, you buy foreign goods because they're cheap. When you're an American first, you ask and demand American products, you buy local, you buy American. You give Americans the opportunity to pay their own way, to be free!

Just me?

Ed Hansen

Manitowoc

Can't fix stupid

The North Carolina general assembly is trying to pass certain laws, "Couples would have to wait two years rather than one to divorce." "...would allow N.C. to declare an official religion..." Remove the requirement that charter schools, "teachers would not have to have a college degree to teach core subjects". Source: CharlotteObserver.com:

House Bill 937 allows concealed handgun permit holders to bring their guns into bars, restaurants that serve alcohol, playgrounds, parks, and other public recreation areas.

Someone once said "you can't fix stupid".

Jerome Bolle

Whitelaw

Bad refereeing

No one can see everything, but guess what, the Badgers lost last Saturday night because the referees inadvertently let the clock run out. The Badgers should have had a field goal attempt, that would have won the game, but that's life. The referees involved will pay a fine (probably about 10 bucks), but it's still a loss for the Badgers.

The Packers had a running back leave the game with a concussion caused by a helmet-to-helmet illegal hit. No flag! No penalty! Later in the game the same defensive player lead with his helmet again, this time he left with a concussion. Again no flag! No penalty! If he would have been ejected for the first penalty, he would have saved himself a headache..

Do we want a safer game or not? Instant replay is designed to stop bad calls. If a bad call is upheld after further review, the fans should have an 800 number to call - thumbs up or thumbs down. If the reviewing referee is found to be in error, by a jury of our peers, he's fired!

Les Graebel

Manitowoc

Major contrast

For 14 centuries, the Islamic jihads (holy wars) have raged across the Middle East, North Africa, Russia, Spain, Turkey, the Balkans, Austria, and India. Other than enslavement, subjugation, population massacres, wanton destruction, and Judeo-Christian-Hindu annihilation, no appreciable benefit for the welfare of mankind has been accomplished. The reason is that the Islamic-Muslim culture abolishes liberty for the vanquished and prohibits private property ownership.

In contrast, Judeo-Christian culture has established liberty to pursue personal objectives and private ownership as a goal to be cherished. With freedom from government intrusions and justice under law, the exceptional United States, and similar great nations, has provided for their people a chance for excellence on their own initiative.

John Goswitz

Manitowoc

Bush's impotence

... and another thing!

Twelve years have passed since the first of 60 people were slaughtered by al-Qaeda terrorists in 10 of our embassies and consulates during the eight years that George W. Bush was in office. Those eight years are memorable for a cascade of lies, evasions, hidden evidence and the terse, Bush administration coup de grace administered by Colin Powell on Sept. 12, 2001 with his statement, "We can't defend against every single possibility."

Bush's impotence is notable for no leadership, no responsibility, and no justice. Bush should be indicted for murder, and conservative mass media deserve arraignment as co-conspirators. Bush owes an apology on national TV to the 60 families and the American people. This was an impeachable offense under Article 11, Section 4 of the United States Constitution.

... this was ridiculous, we should have stopped it already!

Roy Geigel

Manitowoc

NAFTA's impact

Pushing for more trade agreements, our elected officials and mainstream media have kept from the American people the devastating effect the North American Free Trade Agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico has had on our nation.

In 1993, the year before NAFTA, the US had a $1.66 billion trade surplus. From 2010 the deficits have been $60 billion-plus annually. In 1993 we imported around 225,000 cars and trucks from Mexico. In 2012, export of vehicles to the US surpassed 1.4 million.

Our annual trade deficit with Canada was $10.7 billion in 1993, by 2005 it was $78.4 billion.

Over 720,000 jobs were lost to NAFTA alone.

Vern Troullier

Manitowoc

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
575 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1017 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

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