Letters to the editor for January 23, 2013

Written by Union Democrat staff January 23, 2013 10:01 am

The Constitution will never be obsolete

To the Editor:

Mr. Tim Flanagan’s Letter to the Editor printed on Dec. 28, was well-written and on target. However, the title assigned to the letter, “Make civil rights education a priority,” totally missed the mark. Civil liberties and civil rights are certainly important elements of the Constitution, but they are only part of the story. The Constitution is much more than a list of civil rights it is a document that describes a system of governance. “Make constitutional education a priority” is a more accurate title for Mr. Flanagan’s letter. 

Americans of all ages need to understand that the Constitution will never be obsolete regardless of advances in technology and human knowledge. America’s Constitution established a free republic (not a democracy) based on economic freedom and individual liberty. It has created more individual success, human progress and prosperity than any other system in the history of the world. In contrast, Socialism, Communism and Fascism, and all economic philosophies, subscribe to centralized planning which control virtually every aspect of one’s life. All of these central planning economic philosophies wherever and whenever tried have failed. 

Economic freedom and individual liberty may not be what Americans want anymore, but at least our education system needs to teach the current generation what it has before they discard it for something that is undoubtedly far worse.

David Wynne

Columbia

 

Arming teachers won’t solve the problem

To the Editor:

As a former school teacher I feel compelled to respond to the suggestion to arm teachers in the classroom. I realize that I may be stating the obvious, but since no one  else has done so, I must.  

If a mentally deranged person unexpectedly enters a classroom with a firearm of any kind, is the teacher supposed to ask him to wait so she can get her gun out of the locked cupboard so she can shoot him first? Doesn’t that sound ludicrous? 

Of course she has to have her gun locked up because she knows how curious children are and that they would be figuring out a way 

to get to it.  To me, that is not only possible, but probable. Can you imagine how much tragedy that could cause? And who would be held responsible for those injuries or loss of lives? 

Please, rethink this insane suggestion of having guns in schools. I would never allow anyone I loved to attend a school that advocated having guns on campus. We don’t need to put any more children’s or teachers’ lives in jeopardy because some people believe that we must fight fire with fire. It is not the answer to this problem. It would be a lose-lose situation for everyone.

Etty Garber

Groveland