School board battles, essay on education, recycling and more
Hateful behavior prompts affirmative action
Regarding recent efforts by extremists to intimidate local school boards, I have observed with concern the increase in this hateful behavior. [” ‘Unruly’ crowds disrupting some school meetings,” News, Oct. 3].
First it was aimed at the supposed teaching of critical race theory, then the mask mandates, and again the efforts to teach our children about diversity, equity and inclusion. When we ask children to wear masks or teach them DCI, we are teaching them the importance of empathy. Fortunately, most parents and community members understand and support both mask mandates and DCI instruction.
The hateful behavior described in the article prompted many of us to take action. We created the Parents of Long Island group for DCI, which already has over 1,000 members, united by our belief in the importance of fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in our schools.
We want our children to be successful and to contribute positively to society. It means teaching them the value and skill of empathy. We will ensure that school boards and administrators hear this positive message and act in the best interests of our children.
– Amanda Cohen-Stein, Miller Place
The writer is president of Parents of Long Island for DCI.
The essay on education is misleading
If one is in the least concerned about the content and quality of education on Long Island, there is no need to look any further than Roger Tilles’ essay. [“The pursuit of equity in education,” Opinion, Sept. 19]. Tilles seems to believe that members of the educational community do not treat all students equally. If so, then they are not “all of our children”. While it is true that school districts have different needs that need to be recognized and met, I don’t understand how “diversity” comes into play.
It is true that students should have an equal chance to succeed. Tilles speaks as if there has been little progress in meeting the needs of our children and the demands of an ever-changing population.
He talks as if the conditions our children live in were the same as in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He has been on the state board for 17 years, but he does not talk about his successes or his contributions to quality education. Instead, he absolves us of our guilt and urges us to take responsibility.
I found his essay insulting, misleading, and hackneyed. If that’s the best he can produce, maybe it’s time for him to step back.
– Michael Berman, Wantagh
The writer is a retired teacher.
In the world of recycling, it is a model at 9 years old
Loved reading the 9-year-old Payton Lewis story [“The prince of recycling,” Our Towns, Oct. 4]. At the age of 6, he first recognized a need, planned how he might make a change, and then did it. It’s amazing. This says a lot about his parents, who taught him to be a thoughtful person who cares about the world and the people who live in it, and then supported him in his endeavors.
This is such a refreshing change from all of the negative lessons of hatred that our children are learning from adult behavior these days.
– Rose Munch, Fort Salonga
The roads will be maintained by taxes for everyone
Reader asks how roads will be built and maintained as they transition to more hybrid and electric vehicles [“Hybrid cars aren’t paying for our roads,” Letters, Sept. 26].
His concern is motivated by the loss of revenue from gasoline taxes because these vehicles consume less or no gasoline.
The answer is that since roads benefit everyone, even those who don’t drive, support for road maintenance and construction should, and inevitably will, come from a general tax such as tax. on income, not gasoline taxes.
Everyone eats whether they drive or not, and transporting food requires well-maintained roads. If you travel by bus or taxi, you depend on the roads. These are just a few examples of how roads benefit everyone, including those who don’t drive.
– Yale Rosen, North Bellmore
Electrifying highways, a frightening idea
I am horrified by the plan to make our highways toxic [“Governor says Mich. to have nation’s first electrified road,” LI Business, Sept. 24]. Electro-hypersensitivity syndrome, sensitivity to electromagnetic fields, has been of concern to the World Health Organization.
Instead of finding ways to protect the increasingly affected population from this harmful radiation, government and industry are only creating other ways to make us sick.
All of these “breakthroughs” full of electromagnetic radiation are touted as wonderful for the environment and wonderful for communication, but little concern is shown for their proven negative effect on human health.
– Barbara Novack, Laurelton