Letters to the Editor:

Published 6:55 am Wednesday, July 26, 2006

By Staff
News not considered trash
The Wednesday, July 12 edition of The Standard had an article about two young men from Brewton that decided to join the Army. One of your readers cut this article out, enlarged it and circled it in red with a note attached that said &#8220What A Joke, the paper must be desperate for news to put trash like this in it.”
This person mailed it to my daughter, the mother of one of these young men. This person is very spiteful to want to hurt someone. This person doesn't deserve the freedom that comes from a person that chooses to serve this nation.
Freedom is not free. Men and women have to give their lives for all of us to be free. Never is news like what was in this article considered trash. We should all be more appreciative of young men and women making a decision such as these two young men.
I hope this makes all of us more aware that we need to give thanks for the freedom that others must sacrifice for us to live free.
Ellie Hammac
Teaching ‘what' to think not ‘how' is big mistake
As a graduate of the University of Alabama and as a retired teacher, I was shocked to read an article in the January 16, 2006 issue of Newsweek that the University of Alabama has joined the ranks of the most activist universities in the indoctrination of future teachers in the art of teaching students what to think instead of how to think. They arrange to do so by admitting only those future teachers who they believe will most readily accept their &#8220social engineering,” which includes such principles as hate America and military, free and open immigration policies, fewer prison terms for many crimes, and short sentences for child molesters.
If it continues at the expense of science, mathematics, traditional engineering, and other usable skills, the U.S. will continue to fall behind other countries in education. Such lack of real training will leave our people unable to compete with highly trained work forces of other countries. This decline will lead to a depression, a downward slope in our standards of living and in our ability to defend ourselves.
Gertrude Powell

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