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Easing up on school discipline helps no one
The Jan. 9 story “Fed: Ease discipline in schools” is another example of the social-justice crowd taking a simple issue and distorting it in an attempt to blame anyone but the people causing the problems. Disciplinary policies in our schools such as “zero tolerance” do not discriminate against race, gender or any of the other categories that our progressive civil-rights champions rush to place people in. What these policies do discriminate against are behaviors that a small percentage of students choose to engage in, such as using controlled substances or carrying a weapon into the classroom.
No matter the color of their skin, students reveal the content of their character when they choose to disrespect a teacher or assault another student. The assumption that school administrators are in the wrong because the amount of disciplinary action handed out does not mirror the demographics of the school district ignores the seemingly outdated concept that people are responsible for their own actions. Allowing disruptive students to continually break the rules others are expected to follow does no favors for the students, their peers in the classroom or the rest of our society.
AARON STARK, Kenyon, Minn.
Read the alerts without disrupting the flow
Dear drivers: You know when there’s a seven-word alert on the freeway signs in foot-high letters? You don’t need to slow down to read it. You are the same drivers who can drive 65 miles per hour with your coffee in one hand and your cellphone in the other, texting.
KRIS CHURCH, Minnetonka
I say it’s been a rotten stretch for Hollywood
Movies are truly awful this year. There’s simply no originality left in major motion pictures. It will be a pathetic display of self-congratulatory bunk if “American Hustle” or the “The Wolf of Wall Street” win anything.
“Hustle” is nothing more than a poor man’s “The Sting” (1973, for those who remember) meets “Casino” (1995). “Wolf” is no better. Martin Scorsese (who has made many excellent films) decides to make a Jay-Z-style, everything-in-your-face, way-over-the-top allegory of capitalism’s immorality, which he fails at, and along the way peppers a script with more F-bombs than prepositions.
The best writing and acting in today’s market are found in cable TV series and smaller indie films. So, the Academy should give everything to “All Is Lost” and go home.
JOE TAMBURINO, West St. Paul
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