Carol Cousins transformed Washburn. Under her direction, the IB program was implemented; the neighborhood embraced the school; new turf went into the field, making it usable for more sports (kudos to Pratt); 2013 grads will attend Yale and Johns Hopkins, and a substantially larger percentage will attend college. The irony, of course, is that with these changes came more demands from a few vocal parents primarily concerned for the best outcomes for their own kids rather than the welfare of the Washburn community.
At Washburn, my sons have learned how to live in a diverse world — how to rely on relationships they build rather than the accident of their birth as white males. The way that the Washburn student body processed the doll-hanging incident (vs. the way it was portrayed in the media) was a tribute to the community that Carol built.
Now she is no longer there, and the attempts to replace her have been a bad joke. Whatever went wrong, surely there was a better solution than to punish students by removing these two leaders.
When people admit mistakes, they are far more likely to be forgiven and respected, whether they are principals, athletic directors, school board members or superintendents.
KATHRYN QUAINTANCE, Minneapolis
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Concerns about costs are not assuaged
An Aug. 8 letter to the editor concerning hip replacement surgery stated that the “average Medicare payment to a surgeon is $1,400, which includes surgery, a hospital stay and follow-up care for 90 days after surgery.”
That surprises me, because I just got a bill from a local orthopedic clinic. It charged me $824 just for an office visit to assess an elbow fracture.
My everyday doctor had referred me after an exam and X-ray (which had been forwarded to the orthopedic clinic). No surgery — nothing other than a sling for me! At more than half the cost of a hip replacement?
Yes, my insurance payment to the local orthopedic doctor covered most of the bill. Nevertheless, something seems awry.
MARLYCE HELM, Minneapolis
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U.S. AND RUSSIA
Oh, Obama, now you’ve really gone and done it
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