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Readers' letters: Imagination won't make our schools better

In Rudy Crew’s opinion piece (Think Big to Help Our Children Succeed, March 7), when he says, “While funding is important, human spirit and drive are invaluable, and the only limit is our imagination,” he is dodging his responsibility to advocate for adequate, equitable and stable funding for all public schools.

He makes it sound as if we have only to click our heels together and believe, and our schools won’t need actual dollars for teachers and books and science labs.

This is called magical thinking and it will not get us anywhere. What if we addressed the issue of starvation in this way? “While food is important, human spirit and drive are invaluable, and the only limit is our imagination.”

You will stay pretty hungry if your meals are imaginary.

Wendy Swanson

Southwest Portland

TAG program is not a ‘failure

I take issue with Margaret DeLacy’s opinion piece (TAG Failures Squander Students’ Potential, March 7). I beg to differ with Ms. DeLacy’s dismal assessment of Portland Public Schools’ TAG program as a failure.

My eldest child attended the ACCESS school at Sabin, and his potential was certainly not squandered. With only the most meager resources, the ACCESS teachers did their level best, helping foster the development of students at a level up to three years above their nominal age/grade level. I would describe the teachers as “inspired.”

Jan Chciuk-Celt

Northeast Portland

More money into all classroom programs

The “TAG crisis” (TAG tries to find a way out of ‘crisis,’ Feb. 21) reminds me that no matter how many students we cram into our classrooms to save money, people still want their child to get an individualized educational experience.

Differentiated instruction, IEPs, TAG pull-out programs: they all cost money. The more students we put in each class, the more we need programs that remedy the negative effects of that overcrowding

Edward Sage

Southeast Portland

Weapons are ‘unintended consequences

Gun owners and NRA members are always quick to cite their rights under the Second Amendment any time a gun controversy erupts.

Few would dispute that the Second Amendment gives people the right to own firearms. It doesn’t specify what kind of firearms. At the time our Constitution was written and approved, the only firearms were muzzle-loaders and single-shot pistols. The Founding Fathers could not possibly have imagined the weapons available today.

The only way to describe the situations and problems with firearms in our society today and their relationship to the Second Amendment is that they are “unintended consequences” of the Second Amendment.

Judging by their other actions in the formation of our country, there is no way that the Founding Fathers would have ever intended, or approved of, the gun violence occurring in our country today.

Bruce Hamilton

Milwaukie