Monday, March 13, 2006

All the news that was fit to print 2 weeks ago

Back on Feb. 21, John Tierney had an article entitled "Let Your People Stay" in which he extols the virtues of Milwaukee's school voucher program. He seems to harbor quite a bit of antipathy towards Wisconsin Democrats, as he expresses in quotes such as
"... Milwaukee's voucher program has been so successful over the past 15 years that it's won a wide array of converts -- except among the Democrats terrified of teachers' unions."
Well, this had me so angry that I dashed off a letter to the editor of the New York Times which I wrote probably in about 10 minutes and emailed in at 2:49 a.m. the next day. I got the usual "Thank you for your letter; We regret that because of the volume of letters received, we are not able to respond to all submissions, other than by this automated reply."

But then two days later, I was a bit surprised to see another email come through, and was astonished when it included an edited version of my letter for my review before publication. So it was published the next day, Saturday, Feb. 25.

So yay! Here it is.
To the Editor:
John Tierney does note that Gov. James E. Doyle of Wisconsin has a philosophical basis for opposing vouchers, but he characterizes most opponents of vouchers as Democrats beholden to the teachers' unions.
I and many others oppose vouchers not because of our concern for the 15 percent of the Milwaukee students who are lucky enough to get them, but because of our concern for the 85 percent who don't.
When money is siphoned off into the private schools, what happens to the children whose parents don't know or care enough to take advantage of the voucher system?
The only real option is to make all schools better, not stopgap measures like vouchers. Ian Everhart
Houston, Feb. 22, 2006



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