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Letter: Black lives matter

One further piece of horrific information.

The following information came from the web site titled: blackgenocide.org

"Several years ago, when 17,000 aborted babies were found in a dumpster outside a pathology laboratory in Los, Angeles, California, some 12-15,000 were observed to be black."
--Erma Clardy Craven (deceased)
Social Worker and Civil Rights Leaderhttp://www.blackgenocide.org/black.html
http://www.blackgenocide.org/black.html

This also points out the gruesome way aborted babies are handled, further amplifying the horror of PP selling of baby body parts.

How can a civilized society tolerate this awful process? When we lose our conscience we lose our society.

August 14, 2015 at 4:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Black lives matter

Some Statistics for perspective.

"In 2012, there were more black babies killed in abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758) and the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in the Big Apple, according to a report by the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene", Dec 1, 2014.

Further "very tragic" nformation regarding NYC is available below.
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/12/01/bl...

Do you know what the leading cause of death in the African American Community since 1973 is? Think about it for a minute. Is it heart disease-2,266,789 deaths since 1973, cancer-1,638,350, or accidents-370,723? Is it AIDS-203,695, or violent crimes-306, 313? There is one possibility that is often overlooked. It happens 1452 times a day in our community. It has taken over 13 million Black lives within the last 30 years. It has taken 1/3 of our present population. What is it? ABORTION!

Don't believe it? Well, you don't have to, but you would be a fool not to because the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the tragic statistics. According to the CDC, since 1973, the year of the Supreme Court Decision Roe vs. Wade, 13 million (13,000,000) African American lives have been lost to abortion. The CDC reports that of the approximately 4000 abortions that are performed daily in the United States, 1452 of them are performed on African American women and their pre-born children. This means that although African Americans represent only 12% of the population of the United States, they account for 35% of the abortions performed in this country.
http://nbccongress.org/features/abort...

Think about the 1/3 of the black population statistic for a moment. Where is every advocacy group that is against the killing of animals? Not saying blacks are animals, just saying we advocate more for the spotted owls & whales, than we do for human beings? How tragic & hypocritical!

August 14, 2015 at 3:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Stop abortion

To ensure abortions are not funded with taxpayer money, all abortion clinics should be freestanding independent businesses & not associated with the parent organizations, which provide normal health services. Their funding should be independent of the parent organization. This is the only way we, the taxpayers, can be assured that monies are not being mixed within the corporate structure of the parent organization. Thus no “fuzzy math”.

Secondly if Planned Parenthood was really this in depth provider of women’s health services, why doesn’t Planned Parenthood provide the “most important” health exam for women…namely mammograms? While PP provides ancillary services in this area, they are not comprehensive.
http://www.factcheck.org/2012/10/plan...

Additionally abortion supporters justify abortion based on “rape & incest”. Interesting argument, but does not justify the approximately 56 million abortions performed since Roe V Wade.
http://www.mccl.org/us-abortion-stats...
According to the above site less than 2% of women having an abortion say it is required due to rape or incest.
Why do women have abortions?
• 74% say having a baby would interfere with work, school, or other responsibilities.
• 73% say they cannot afford to have a child.
• 48% say they do not want to be a single parent, or have relationship problems with husband or partner.
• Less than 2% say they became pregnant as a result of rape or incest.

Source: The Alan Guttmacher Institute, Perspective on Sexual & Reproductive Health, Sept. 2005
http://www.webmd.com/women/tc/abortio...

Many other reasons are also given for having an abortion, some are stronger than others.
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_ind...

At 56 million abortions that is almost the combined populations of California, 39,005,118, & New York, 19,889,625. http://worldpopulationreview.com/states/
Just imagine the infinite potential of all of those babies.

What a difference politics makes. If that many people had been killed via a gun the very people supporting abortion would be protesting in the streets demanding gun control. Hard to understand how we justify the termination of life on the one hand, and rail against it on another.

August 14, 2015 at 2:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer submits resignation to city

Please let Jeremy go in peace. There is nothing to be gained by rehashing history.

He has enough to deal with in his life without the public lashings. He is no longer in a position to influence our lives. I am sure he will be held accountable for whatever is required.

Jeremy has a lot of work to do to put his life back together. He doesn't need to be kicked while he is down.

August 12, 2015 at 5:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School collapse

Barb there are no straw men here, there are the facts regardless of what you think of the source.

You say: "Our disadvantaged students start school behind and get further behind as they go." You admit we are failing even with "Head Start" & all the other preschool programs.

As a nation & here in Kansas our public school system is underperforming & cheating our children. Our schools have been failing our children since the 70's at least.

If the solutions are found in the parsing & rationalizing you are doing then why aren't our schools correcting the problems you claim?

It is not a matter of "selling vouchers", parents want vouchers & any means possible to "get out" of the public schools because parents do not see the Public Schools fixing the problems. Being out of the PSS children may or may not be better off, but parents believe their children get a better education & thus have better opportunities for success in life. Their children are definitely not worse off.

Just a thought: If you can parse & rationalize the problem & it's that simple, then why can't the PSS? Something to ponder. You can continue with the analysis, but the problem remains.

Thanks for the dialogue, but I believe this dialogue has run its course.

August 1, 2015 at 3:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School collapse

Barb You don't believe our educational achievement numbers aren't alarming? After you parsed & justified you say "That makes us not quite as bad." Really!

That is the problem we have, we "Justify, Rationalize, and otherwise Condone" why we are "Under Achieving".

The bottom line is the USA Public School System is failing our children! Unless we stop the parsing & rationalizing, etc. and admit we have a problem we will never make progress.

The following site tells the very sobering tale of how poorly our public school system is performing, in general. They offer the following comments:

"Our children are not reading at grade level.

The literacy rates among fourth grade students in America are sobering. Sixty six percent of all U.S. fourth graders scored "below proficient" on the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) reading test, meaning that they are not reading at grade level.1 Even more alarming is the fact that among students from low-income backgrounds, 80 percent score below grade level in reading.2

Reading proficiency among middle school students isn't much better. On the 2013 NAEP reading test, about 22 percent of eighth graders scored below the "basic" level, and only 36 percent of eighth graders were at or above grade level.3

Compared to other countries, we fail in math and science.

In the growing global marketplace, students will need to excel in both math and science to compete internationally as engineers, scientists, physicians, and creative entrepreneurs. Yet, in a 2012 analysis of student performance on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the U.S. placed 27th out of 34 countries in math performance and 20th in science performance.4

Despite decades of effort, our test scores are not improving significantly.

According to the 2012 Nation’s Report Card, average math and reading scores for 17-year-olds have remained relatively stagnant since the 1970s.5

The site where the above info came from follows.

https://www.studentsfirst.org/pages/t...

The NAEP Testing results for 2013 are in. For Kansas they show progress relative to national comparisons and we are out performing many states. Thus Kansas is doing well relatively speaking. But the problem is we are either slipping or maintaining status quo relative to the national average, no significant improvement over time. And I would say if our only goal is to be at or slightly above the national average then our goals are way to low. This is true especially when we are scoring in the mid to lower 20"s out of 35 foreign countries. In other words why should we are happy with mediocrity?
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/...

You can argue & justify the details all you won't but to no avail. That approach will not improve our educational system, that is a formula for continued failure. The fact is, by every measure, our schools & students are under performing. This has to stop.

August 1, 2015 at 11:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School collapse

WELL Randolf our family is also very familiar with the educational process having 7 teachers & several school administrators over the years.

All the imposed requirements for testing are a direct result of poor performance by the schools. The public school system is not fixing the problem of poor performance, thus Washington is trying to do so. I agree Washington is not the answer. The public education system is the solution.

Thus all I have been saying the Public schools system needs to seriously & objectively ask why we are failing our kids & how can we fix it.

We can parse the spending all we want. But bottom line other countries are doing better and spending less. Maybe there are some lessons there.

We are providing more money for public education than any other country in the world by large multiples. Clearly money in absolute terms is not the answer. The public school system must solve this problem itself.

July 30, 2015 at 3:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School collapse

You totally miss the point about competition. It’s all about stressing achievement and letting students know where they stand.

The real issue is, the USA educational system has to seriously admit it is failing & it must reassess what, why & how, we teach & this includes teacher performance.

Even the Huffington Post admits we are not fairing well:
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5066568

Some complain we are not devoting enough money to education in Kansas & nationally, yet the following CBS story admits that "Spending, of course, only tells part of the story and does not guarantee students' success. The United States routinely trails its rival countries in performances on international exams despite being among the heaviest spenders on education."
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-educat...

The USC Rossier School of Education "put together this infographic that compares the United States’ education spending and performance versus eleven countries. The U.S. is the clear leader in total annual spending, but ranks 9th in Science performance and 10th in Math."
http://rossieronline.usc.edu/u-s-educ...

The following site shows Kansas spending on education, per student, overtime. We have done very well in spite of the rhetoric.
http://www.kansasopengov.org/SchoolDi...

The following news letter is from Mary Pilcher Cook, a Kansas State Senator 10th District, which explains spending on education in Kansas…very insightful.
http://www.imwithmary.com/truthaboute...

You see as much as we complain about the level of education spending, Kansas is doing everything it can to maintain as high a level as practical. As noted above, the level of education spending, does not necessarily lead to higher/better student achievement & performance. Throwing money at the problem isn't the answer.

So we need to re-think what we are doing in education to improve performance, then flow money to the things that increase student performance.

July 30, 2015 at 2:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School collapse

Randolf with regard to your comments about families not wanting to send there children to public schools because of standardized tests & stupid funding models, etc...

I believe that is not the issue at all. The issue is the lack of stress on achievement, there are no number scores, no red pencils & no incentives for excellence. Too much concern with little Johnny's self-esteem, forgetting that self-esteem & self-confidence are primarily gained through personal achievement.

Several years ago we were invited to attend our grandsons recognition for honors recognition in a Lawrence school. My wife & I were shocked to see that nearly 1/2 his class was an honor student. This leads to the problem that today we are afraid to have our children compete with each other. Based on the achievement standards we had when I was in grade school there would only have been a handful of students honored, and they would be ranked 1, 2, 3... USA students used to rank among the very best in the world on achievement tests, now we are way down the list. That is a primary reason students clamor to get into Charter schools & non-public schools. One can talk about test scores all they want, and how they are the problem in public school education, this is just the NEA speaking. None of it means anything, it is just noise. Until public education decides to have students compete with each other & the world stage & begin to have our students rate the best in the world in those achievement tests, families will continue to seek options for their children to be their very best.

There is another reason families choose to not have their children receive a public education. There is, in society, a dislike of some of the subject matter, like sex education, political agendas, etc. I must say I am not an authority on this topic as I do not have children in public schools. But one thing is for sure, public education has a serious image problem. Traditionalists are not willing to support this kind of education at K-12 level. And until that is solved support will ebb & the exodus will continue. If classes are so sensitive that students have to get excused because of content then we have exceeded a social threshold of acceptability.

There is an old saying my step-father used to tell me: "It's not the tools that make the carpenter, it's the carpenter that makes the tools". I believe public education should stop thinking so parochially, recognize the national funding problems we have & work with the tools & resources we have to achieve the excellence America used to enjoy. I also believe the public education system needs to respect the wishes of the public regarding some of the social classes they teach.

July 29, 2015 at 9:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School collapse

Randolf you could be right, but there are tired responses also. Why pay for roads, because everyone uses them if they want to move about, even if they don't drive. Regarding the emergency services, everyone has the potential to use them. it is not the same with schools. If a family chooses not to educate there children in public schools then they do not need them. Thus why should those families pay for them?

All of this mention of the wealthy is derogatory for the families who send there children to non-public schools. Many of these families sacrifice & do without something else to support there children in school & then pay for someone else's child in public school. I believe these families deserve a great big thank you. Don't you?

Maybe those complaining about the Kansas school budget should ask themselves what cuts in services you would recommend to increase funding. Especially as there is no mood in this state to support increasing taxes on individuals.

By the way, one way to raise revenue would be for bicycles to pay a license tag fee for the use of public roads. Right now they take a free ride...no pun intended.

July 29, 2015 at 7:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )