Every small child needs an opportunity
The article on Sunday’s front page about Barry Downing and the Opportunity Project (TOP) early learning centers was excellent (“Early education schools’ aim: Give impoverished opportunity,” Dec. 29 Eagle). I am grateful to those who see a need, study it and make it happen. How fortunate that our community has three TOP schools for our low-income children.
Early education matters. Every small child has a dream, and now more of them have an opportunity.
The International Convention on the Rights of the Child is a treaty put out by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. It consists of 54 articles with three optional protocols and defines the basic fundamental rights of the child. The Clinton administration signed the treaty in 1995, but it has never been submitted to the Senate for ratification.
I was told that children don’t come with instructions. But for the younger parents, I feel this precious document is a needful thing. It spells out the rights of a child to play and relaxation, good-quality health care, nutritious food, safe drinking water, and a clean and safe environment.
Don’t let another year go by without ratification of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. Call 202-456-1111 and ask President Obama to submit this treaty to our U.S. Senate.
In the county
A letter writer explained how welfare used to be administered (“Food alternative,” Dec. 14 Letters to the Editor). The county would buy food and other family necessities in bulk, and people would come to get the items at the courthouse.
It must have been Christmas 1945. I was 8. My Sunday school class drew names for a gift exchange. The boy who had my name was in a family that was on welfare, and I didn’t get a gift. I heard the words “they’re in the county.” I didn’t know if that only referred to those living in the country who were on welfare. Now I understand.
GORDON KENT MICHEL
Regarding “No right to show” (Dec. 30 Letters to the Editor): The writer disagreed with Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” expressing the truth in a magazine interview. Robertson’s interpretation of the Bible in the interview is shared by a huge majority of Christians who regularly watch his program. He does not hate anyone but refuses to accept political correctness over biblical correctness.
A very loud minority has tried to hide and protest true Christian beliefs. Many predicted Robertson would apologize to the A&E network for his actions. He did not. It was the network that had to reconsider because of the outstanding revenue the program produces. The network executives heard the voices of advertisers and an abundance of Christian viewers. The Robertson family would not compromise its Christian values and cave in to distorted values of the world.
Christians should come out of the closet they have been put in by those in a vocal minority who protest the freedom to express truthful views. Robertson would say that we love but disagree with them.
I don’t find the crusades against gays by religious fanatics nearly as disturbing as the many good Christians I encounter who genuinely like homosexuals but still make judgments of them because of religious texts.
People need to question ideas, including those in the Bible. I don’t necessarily believe the Bible lacks merit, but I certainly don’t believe it is infallible either. And keep in mind that other prejudices have their roots in religion (African-Americans and women have been targets).
I don’t need a book to tell me whom I should or shouldn’t accept, and neither do you.
Can’t catch a break
There has been an injustice done. My son and his girlfriend recently moved to Wichita to start their new jobs and their life together. On Sunday morning, he put his new tool belt (a Christmas gift from his girlfriend) in his work van, locked it, then proceeded to the gun show. While he was gone, the van was broken into.
He called the Wichita Police Department, but no officer showed up to take a police report or do any investigating. I guess that is one way to keep the crime rate down.
He is still paying for his schooling and has worked hard to buy the tools that he had in the van. We found out that the insurance company would only pay for the stolen tools belonging to his boss, not his. Now he has to replace all of his tools.
It seems like every time my son gets a chance to improve his life and things start going well for him, there is always someone or something to knock him down again. He can’t catch a break.