Tuesday, March 06, 2018 1:00 am
No disrespect to all the wonderful teachers out there, many of whom are in my family. I think teaching is the most important and one of the hardest professions there is and does not even come close to receiving the respect it deserves.
Now I have a question about guns. What will the legislators who want all teachers to have guns, most likely because they are in the pocket of the National Rifle Association, do when teachers refuse to carry guns? Will we lose wonderful, experienced teachers and make room for “cowboys” who love the idea of carrying a gun? And it is not beyond the scope of possibility that one day a teacher gets to the end of her/his abilities to cope and he/she uses that gun in the worst possible way? What then?
Do we also arm all the children to protect themselves from the teachers?
'Everyday life' still unequal for Palestinians
We just read the Feb. 11 article by Mark Lavie about the Arab-Jewish situation in Israel/Palestine. He said that life there is “just everyday life.”
We visited the West Bank last summer and spent time with Palestinians who are working nonviolently to have a better life. But what we saw there was not better. It was certainly not ordinary life. It was horrific life.
Following World War II, the newly formed United Nations was mandated to identify Israel as a state. More than half the land once known as Palestine was identified as the state of Israel. Palestine has never been identified as a state. Since then, Palestinians have lost much of the land they occupied to Israeli occupation. Israeli settlements, communities of 45,000 to 50,000 people, have been built on land confiscated from Palestinians. These settlements have been constructed in violation of international law, and Arabs are not allowed to enter. Each settlement is protected by three to six armed guards stationed at checkpoints on the roads leading to the settlements.
Palestinians have limited water because the land that contained water was taken by the Israelis and is being sold back to the Palestinians. Palestinians do not have the freedom to drive where they wish in their own country. Sometimes farmers must drive miles to get to sections of their farms because the Israeli government put huge boulders on the road making driving on that road impossible, or they have constructed portions of the wall between a farmer's home and his fields.
In Hebron, stores are welded shut so that Palestinians can no longer run their businesses from them.
We suppose one could say that “it's just everyday life.” It appears that the conditions we saw firsthand have been accepted as normal by many in the region. We are concerned, however, that we do great harm to all people when we begin to normalize injustice.
CAROLE BAKER and AL HOHL
What's the difference?
I was struck by the Feb. 3 story about a local man receiving the death penalty. According to the first line, “Lawyers for a Fort Wayne man facing the death penalty for allegedly killing four people including his unborn child told a judge it will take more than a year to prepare his trial.” So, the woman he killed was pregnant with an “unborn child.” And that child was one of the four “people” killed? So confusing.
What then does abortion do? Does it take the life of an unborn child? Is it the killing of a person? Or does our identity depend entirely on what others think of us?
No wonder people have self-esteem issues.
Peter J. Scaer