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Letters: Ky. education chief is anti-public schools

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Lewis anti-public schools

Wayne Lewis, interim Kentucky education commissioner, recently stated that he has “no agenda” with respect to the takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools by his office. However, I have read his doctoral thesis and it is clear he intends to see the takeover happen.

His paper reveals his hostility toward public school systems such as JCPS, including teachers, administrators and the teachers’ union. He obviously favors charter schools and writes of the difficulties they will face, such as getting uncertified teachers into the state retirement system, using “alternate” tests instead of standardized testing, converting existing private schools into charter schools and using money from the state lottery to fund building maintenance and expansion.

He explores eliminating racial quotas for students and getting rid of the “cap” on the number of charter schools allowed within the state. Imagine what he will do once he is no longer “temporary.”

Bill Michael

Elizabethtown

Fix city sidewalks

The city road crews are out “improving” and creating new crosswalks by tearing up the grass and laying cement in the Glendover neighborhood near existing corners which already have the handicapped yellow grids. This doesn’t mean citizens will get out and walk more; it only means that the city can pat itself on the back for its attempt to make this car-obsessed place more livable.

In the meantime, the sidewalks in this area continue to have not only cracks but eroded areas and uneven panels, all of which are more important to walkers than adding unnecessary cement pads on which to cross. Hopefully the mayoral candidates can explain why expensive road crews are worthy of expenditures, but hiring a full-time sidewalk engineer cannot be done.

I have never bought into “government is bad,” but I am going to reluctantly agree that it is illogical.

Sally Wasielewski

Lexington

Drowning instills caution

After reading the recent update about the court case involving the death of Michael Stewart, the 6-year-old boy who drowned in August 2017 at a neighborhood pool, I felt sad that the focus is on who to blame.

A similar accident occurred when I was in third grade. No foul play was involved; a 7-year-old boy drowned in a neighborhood pond. Although I had never met Jimmy, a tree was planted in his honor and everyone watched it grow big and strong. Looking back over 50 years, I realize this adventurous little boy’s death helped me numerous times to exercise caution and awareness in potentially unsafe situations.

I hope that Michael’s friends and schoolmates also learn to be alert, cautious and safe.

Sunny Churchill

Lexington

Who’s in charge here?

It was recently reported that National Security Adviser John Bolton and other top aides to President Donald Trump came up with a secret plan to keep Trump from destroying NATO.

I’m somewhat comforted that there are those close to the president who are actively engaged in keeping him from wreaking havoc. On the other hand, I have to ask, “Who’s running the country?” If top aides are circumventing the commander-in-chief for his own good, how do we know when those same aides are going behind his back for their own purposes?

Ross DeAeth

Lexington

Walls are not security

Rep. Andy Barr says he supports the building of President Donald Trump’s border wall. Neither he nor his ignorant leader in the White House has any knowledge of history and walls.

The Bible says a wall didn’t stop Joshua. The Great Wall of China didn’t stop the Mongolian hordes. Hadrian’s Wall didn’t stop the marauders from across the border. The Maginot Line (wall) between France and Germany didn’t stop the German invaders.

Given this history, why would anyone except an ignoramus think Trump’s wall would stop determined Latinos? What a great waste of ideas and dollars. Those who have no knowledge of history are destined to repeat it.

Jack Blanton

Lexington

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