Protect our grandkids
Because our grandkids can’t vote for their future environment on earth, we must vote for them.
Recently a new environmental impact statement from President Donald Trump’s National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration indicates that Trump is stepping back from his belief that climate change is a hoax (even though most scientists and a majority of Americans believe it’s reality).
However, the impact statement also provided an excuse for why the administration still plans to do nothing about climate change. Astonishingly, it essentially concludes that our grandchildren’s fate on earth is already doomed. Therefore, it recommends that the United States should not follow through on Obama-era fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks by 2020, even though admittedly that action would contribute to increased climate change. They offer no solutions, except to reduce regulations and accelerate business as usual. There is no mention of consideration for our grandkids’ future.
The next time we vote, we must decide if we will vote for politicians who are for protecting our grandkids’ future environment or for those arguing for more business as usual today. If candidates hide from a reality that scientists and most of our population agree with, why trust them?
22q syndrome month
The second-most common genetic disorder in children is 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (22q). The absence of a portion of the 22nd chromosome affects every system in the body and is evident in 1 out of every 2,000-4,000 births.
A diagnosis is often delayed or missed because each person presents with a unique set of more than 180 symptoms, such as feeding and breathing difficulties, congenital heart disease, cleft and craniofacial issues, kidney and skeletal anomalies and cognitive delays, as well as ADHD, autism and many anxiety-type disorders.
Early detection and interventions are key for affected individuals and their families. Our mission is to encourage health-care professionals and educators to increase their understanding of 22q, to provide them with resources through The 22q Family Foundation’s Education Station and to give help and hope to parents who journey through life dealing with different diagnoses, doctor and clinic visits and countless hours of therapy, not knowing the underlying cause for their child’s poor physical, mental, social or emotional growth.
November is 22q Awareness Month. We encourage you to learn more about this syndrome by visiting our foundation website at www.22qfamilyfoundation.org.
Karen Heilers and Lindsey Garcia
The 22q Family Foundation
Ark student tours legal
Although I am not an attorney, I want to challenge the legal opinion of a recent letter writer who claimed it is illegal for public schools to visit the Ark Encounter. Despite all his handwringing, he is wrong.
If classes tour the Ark in an objective fashion to supplement the teaching of world religions, literature, an interpretation of history, etc., the field trip is an educational experience. If, however, students were brought to the Ark and told that its religious content should be accepted as truth, then it would violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.
It is well-established in law that the Bible may be used in the classroom objectively as part of a secular program of education. As long as the teacher doesn’t express a personal opinion about the Bible, there is no issue whatsoever.
It’s not a complicated matter. But people blinded by their disdain for biblical Christianity refuse to acknowledge what is commonsense and legal, and instead seek censorship.
I wonder if the letter writer would declare that a school that took an educational field trip to a mosque was endorsing the beliefs of Islam. Of course not. It would be supplementing the students’ educational experience.