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I found two letters in the July 4th Sunday opinion page of particular interest. I believe both made salient points about today’s educational system.

The first was the letter, “Knowing where we went wrong has never promoted hatred.” The writer states, “history, like life, is made up of the good, the bad and the ugly” and it all needs to be told. I could not agree any more with the point that we need to teach the whole story and not feel uncomfortable about facing some of our ugly truths. Our Constitution states, “in order to form a more perfect Union,” not that we are perfect. We are a great democratic experiment, that can only grow stronger by understanding and learning from our entire history and thereby strive to meet the goal of becoming “more perfect.”

The second letter, “Reform School,” made a good point, however maybe missed the target. The good point being “don’t suspend disruptive, unmanageable kids from St. Paul schools. But don’t allow them to ruin things for other kids who actually want to attend and hopefully learn something.” Perpetually disruptive kids do not have the right to remain in a classroom with kids who do want to learn. They take too much of a teacher’s time by stealing it from the others. If we allow them to remain in the classroom, we are throwing away the education of generations of Americans. Those who don’t believe this only need to spend one period in a classroom where disruptive students are allowed to remain.

Joel Knoepfler, West St. Paul

 

No flags for the Fourth, St. Paul?

Upon leaving the St. Paul Farmer’s Market on July 3, I purposefully drove to the Wabasha Bridge in St. Paul, anticipating the glorious sight of the American flags adorning the bridge in observance of Independence Day, as has been the city’s tradition for years. I was dismayed to discover no flags had been placed. Oh, I thought, for sure they will be there on July 4th.

On July 4, there were no American Flags decorating the Wabasha Bridge. In fact, there was no American flag flying outside of St. Paul’s City Hall. I find no evidence of July 4th recognition on Wabasha or other main streets in St. Paul.

“Why?” I wondered.  Could this be true of our neighboring cities, too?

I decided to tour our neighbors and, thankfully, I found that they were flying the American flag in recognition of Independence Day. Robert Street in West St. Paul, Southview Street in South St. Paul, and Cahill in Inver Grove Heights were all commemorating the Fourth of July with the tradition of the American flag.  All these cities, as well as Falcon Heights, Maplewood, and Roseville, fly the American flag at their respective city halls, too.

Many thanks to Mayors Mary Lee Abrams, Tom Bartholomew, James Francis, Randy Gustafson, Dave Napier and Dan Roe for carrying forward the tradition of displaying the American flag in honor of our country and our freedom.

Can it be that St. Paul, The Capital City, is choosing otherwise?

Grace Schmitt, St. Paul

 

More middle of the road

I must disagree with the letter to the editor, “A conduit for all things right wing,” in your July 4th issue. Perhaps at one time your perspective may have been “on the left side of the spectrum.” However, I do not subscribe to the letter writer’s apparently ill-thought opinion that you have completely become “a conduit for all things right-wing.”

The metamorphosis that you have made, in my opinion from 52 years of reading the Twin City newspapers, is that you are fair to both sides of the spectrum. Perhaps more middle of the road, as it may be. If Mike Lindell, former President Donald Trump, et al, make the news and you fairly report it without judgement — well, that’s the news. If the letter writer wants to read a newspaper on the far-left side of the spectrum I advise him to read the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I’ll continue reading my Pioneer Press, thank you.

Chuck Erickson, Burnsville



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