The author of this letter is a Brainerd High School student.
Against special treatment
Victory is defined as a success in a struggle against difficulties or an obstacle. It seems as though there is now an extension to this definition. For some unknown reason anything with the word victory too often includes a basketball, football or baseball. I'm not sure why it has to be this way. The world is biased enough as it is. Why is it, that in order to receive the respect and recognition of an athlete a person must be involved in an athletic event?
First off, I would love to know what the prized qualities are that athletes possess that are so admired. One might argue that athletes are tough, hard workers who deserve the recognition they receive. That's no reason for them to be labeled as superior to others. They don't truly obtain and practice any of the necessary skills for life such as quality leadership, and communications, the skills that will really get a person somewhere.
Ultimate victory, in my opinion, should really stand for something important, that can be benefited from in the long run. It shouldn't just be an experience that puts someone in the spotlight for awhile and draws attention. I honestly respect and support sports as a fun, competitive hobby 100 percent. On the other hand, I have zero tolerance for the special treatment athletes too often receive with little or no deservable reason.
This is regarding the article with the question, "Should Assisted Suicide be Legal?" Any Christian should have no doubt as to the answer. Thou shalt not kill!
We hear everyone saying, "What would Jesus do?" Well, did he say go ahead and kill me but do it quick without pain? No, He suffered to the extreme! We are to follow Jesus. He said anyone who wants to be my follower has to take up his cross. We are to follow and imitate Him -- even in the suffering. We can offer our suffering up for others just like Jesus did. Remember the commandment is "Thou shalt not kill;" it does not say, "Thou shalt not kill, unless..."
Let's call it by its real name -- assisted murder!
Give surplus to schools
If the state has a surplus why don't they give it to the schools?
I apologize, Madame Co-president Judy Shaubach, for my uninformed knee-jerk reaction to a Friday, Jan. 12, 2001 article in The Pioneer regarding proposed legislation to solve the state's teacher shortage. Thank you for correcting some of my inaccuracies and misconceptions that have damaged the reputations of both you and the Education Minnesota organization. Though I know that, like toothpaste out of the tube, I can't return the situation to the previous status quo, I hope that this letter will do some good both for you and Education Minnesota.
As a student member of Education Minnesota, I now understand that my minimal membership fee does not go to the PAC. Therefore, I am not eligible for refunds offered to members who do contribute to the PAC. I also understand that, contrary to my uninformed statement otherwise, "community experts" do belong to the union. They receive permission to teach from the board of education. Also, Education Minnesota acts on their behalf and on behalf of other unlicensed instructors, regardless of their membership status in the union. My inference regarding union membership was an uncalled-for, vitriolic diatribe.
I understand now that the mentorship program that you are advocating is not just another job added to the load of teachers. Personnel will be hired specifically to staff the mentorship program. Retired teachers especially are a rich source of expertise for mentoring new teachers -- like myself, hopefully, if I haven't seriously damaged my own future teaching career.
Teachers are also learners, and I have learned a very painful lesson about getting the facts before producing an opinion. What is deeply regrettable is that the lesson has been a very expensive one for you and the Education Minnesota community. Again, I apologize for my foolish actions and thank you for your patient teaching of this errant student.
One true church
As a Catholic I still found a recent letter extolling the "one true church," to quote the writer, insulting to anyone with different values than the writer.
I am happy for the writer, she obviously has gained fulfillment from her religious belief. However to imply that to believe otherwise than the views she expressed is wrong!
I happen to believe that anyone who seriously believes in their religious beliefs is in touch with God, no matter what their beliefs.
The "one true church" is the one you go to!
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