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New Haven High School conditions intolerable

I am concerned for the children at New Haven High School. They have a broken air conditioning unit. The offices are nice and cool.

The school principal, Greg Mohler, called me and explained (in words that implied I’m an idiot) that the unit is 35 years old and you should expect no less. My daughter has asthma. It is controlled for the most part, but in these severe temperatures becomes unstable. What has set me over the edge is my daughter telling me there was an announcement by the principal that he is tired of the complaints.

Why would you threaten a child like that?

One last issue: Students are not permitted to bring in and use water bottles that you can place ice in; they may only use a clear water bottle that is labeled. The teachers claim, “We do not know what is in your bottle.”

I have read all over America schools closing temporarily after temperatures in the school became unsafe. This is not too much to ask

B.J. BIGGS New Haven

Bombing Syria just makes a bad situation worse

I’ve never seen a president so adamant about bombing buildings where weapons used to be. “Hey, we are going to bomb you four weeks from now; make sure you move everything.”

It’s bad for Syria no matter which side wins the civil war because the winning side is going to make life horrible for the opposition. A compromise and peace talks are the only way to ensure a more humane way of life for the greatest number of people living there.

Lobbing bombs is for power-tripping warmongers, not to mention it just makes the problem worse.

“Change?” Yeah, right. Different president, same old same old.


Maybe U.S. not best judge of others’ happiness

In the early 1970s we found ourselves in a war we could not win. We were told the citizens of South Vietnam would be condemned to a lifetime of hardship and misery under the rule of North Vietnam. A look back over the past 40 years has seen a surprisingly different scenario unfold.

The New Economics Foundation, a British independent think tank, recently published its latest study of the happiest countries on the planet.

Vietnam ranked second out of 151 countries studied, up from fifth place in 2009. The U.S. by comparison ranked 105. The study ranked the countries relative to their citizens’ health, life expectancy, and an overall measure of the likelihood of living long, happy, sustainable lives, with contentment and well-being.

It appears we spent billions of dollars, sacrificed the lives of 58,000 Americans and an additional 2 million Vietnamese in an effort to deny them the life of happiness and contentment they experience today. Could it be our government is inept in deciding how others should live their lives? What constitutes a life of happiness and well-being obviously has nothing to do with wealth and varies greatly from one culture to the next.

Winston Churchill once said: “A nation who forgets its past is condemned to relive it.” With our nation once again contemplating the bombing of another country, I certainly hope our leaders remember our past and the hard lessons we learned in that bygone era.