To the editor: Re: Terry Buckley's letter "North should get in federal stimulus line" (June 13): He writes in the second paragraph, "the federal government has stepped in and is offering free money."
Need I remind you, nothing in life is free! Somebody will have to pay that money back. And at $787 billion, it probably will not be paid off in my lifetime, (and I'm only 30.) It will fall on the shoulders of our children and grandchildren.
This is not "stimulus," it is out of control spending! So, as a matter of principle, I say, stay away from the "federal stimulus line."
Future generations, (while burdened with debt and high taxes) will at least respect that stance.
Keith Jackunchuck, North Attleboro
Don't like results? Change the test
To the editor: It was with some concern we recently noted that, at five local high schools, the valedictorians and salutatorians were all girls. And in our own high school, 12 of 15 senior honors students were girls as well. That boys are not represented in proportion to their demographics is starkly exposed. Boys are not achieving on tests that girls are knocking out of the park.
No one seems to know exactly what is going on here. Various cultural and social theories of the causes are proposed. Potential solutions are suggested - encouraging the boys, providing incentives, perhaps tutoring, or remedial studies.
But in the goal of equal results, there is another approach that can be taken. Let's fiddle with the tests so that girls' achievements are leveled and the boys are then seen to be equal.
After all, that was good enough for the City of New Haven (Ricci v. DeStefano), as confirmed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (Sotomayor, Pooler, and Sack). When equality is the goal, it is only excellence that suffers - a small price to pay.
Irwin F. Kraus, Attleboro
New president keeping wrong promises
To the editor: President Obama is certainly making his mark on America. During the campaign, he said America was the greatest nation on Earth and he was going to change it. Many of us choked on that line (Change it to what? Not the greatest?). Well, he has succeeded so far. America is now $8 to $14 trillion poorer.
We are worth what we were worth five years ago. At this rate, by the time his term is over (2012, hopefully), America will be about as well off as Zimbabwe. As for promises of a more transparent government, he's made good on that, too. It is transparent that his government will be as corrupt as anything Chicago politics has ever produced. Obama has summarily fired the inspector general who investigates AmeriCorps and other national service programs for waste, fraud and abuse. This IG investigated Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, an Obama supporter, about the misuse of federal grants by a nonprofit education group that Johnson headed. The IG found that Johnson used AmeriCorps grants to pay volunteers to engage in school-board political activities, run personal errands for Johnson and even wash his car.
So let's see: The IG accuses a prominent Obama supporter of misusing AmeriCorps money. The prominent Obama supporter has to pay back more than $400,000 of that money (he settled with the prosecutor). Obama fires the IG. That's slick.
Anna DeMarinis, North Attleboro