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Breaking the rules for us
I am always angered when I read the negative publicity about our Mesa police officers as I did in the Vent section of the Tribune recently. Someone made the statement: “Don’t you know once they put on that uniform, they think they think they are above all rules and regulations? I’ve rarely seen any police officer obey the rules of the road.” Are you not aware that when they put on that uniform they are upholding their promise “to serve and protect”? When they are breaking the rules of the road, they are doing it in response to an emergency call and know how to exercise all caution when so doing. They have not been given the keys to a cruiser just to get on the streets to show people how fast they can go or blatantly break the law which they are sworn to uphold.
Think about it — if you had an emergency which required their help would you not expect to see a uniformed officer as soon as possible, even if he had to use excessive, but prudent, speed to respond to your call? Sometimes their cruisers don’t get them to a call quickly enough to save a life, and can you imagine getting there and finding a baby dead from being shaken or having drowned, or a family member having committed suicide.
So next time you see one speeding past you, don’t think they are having fun and trying out the cruiser to see how fast it will go, or breaking all the rules of the road just because they are police officers. Instead, maybe say a prayer for the person they are responding to. For one day, God forbid, it may be you.
Where’s the money?
It has been reported in the “media” that there are 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants working in the U.S. How many of these individuals have acquired jobs using forged credentials such as drivers’ licenses and Social Security numbers? Once an account is determined as “fraudulent,” what is done with the money? Are they returned to the employers? If not, then where does the money go? And, if the money is deemed unreturnable, then what happens to it?
The benefits are obvious
In his Nov. 19 column, Tom Patterson asked: Are there lasting benefits to preschool? Funny you should ask. Multiple longitudinal studies — some extending back 40 years — find lasting effects from quality preschool programs including the Chicago Child-Parent Center Program, the Early Childhood Intervention project in Abecedarian, N.C., as well as newer programs stemming from the late 1990s and early 2000s in Oklahoma, New Jersey, Michigan, South Carolina, West Virginia and other states.
Studies show improved school readiness in addition to significant decreases in delinquency, antisocial behavior, lifetime arrests, high school dropouts and teenage pregnancy for children who participate in pre-kindergarten programs. There are also increases in academic achievement, school commitment (including postsecondary education), employment, and lifetime earnings. Further, a study of five states by the National Institute for Early Education Research finds that children attending state-funded pre-K programs realize improvements regardless of ethnic background or economic circumstances.
Quality child care should be within the reach of all Arizona children. Expanding our investment in preschool and assuring access through subsidies for low-income families is a sound, science-based approach to improving outcomes for children.
Director of Early Childhood Policy
Children’s Action Alliance
Different resumés, equal worth
This is in response to Don Preston’s argument that high school teachers should be paid more than elementary teachers.
“...high school teachers are expected to be 'highly qualified’ in any subject that they teach”.
Elementary teachers are also required to be highly qualified by the same federal law. They must have a college degree as well, but have to be expert in all subjects. Middle school teachers, which I’m assuming that Preston is lumping in with elementary, must pass a subject area test given by the state to be considered highly qualified. I had to take this test last year when I jumped to middle school science.
“Many high school teachers have degrees that give them employment options in the private sector.” Not all elementary teachers majored in education. I, along with several colleagues, majored in a different area and then went back to earn my teacher certificate. I began my career in the private sector before I decided to teach children.
“It is much easier to find a good third-grade teacher than it is to find a good physics teacher.” Does Don Preston have children? As a former third-grade teacher, I spent hours at home working on at least six lessons each day. Parents in the younger grades are especially concerned with reading and writing skills and it takes a good elementary school teacher to actually reach the children on these skills, as well as many others.
Teachers in general should be paid more. Teaching the basics is no less important than the higher-level learning.
This neighbor disapproves
This is the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard of. We live in the desert! There is not enough water to be wasting it on such a ridiculous project; with the only purpose of making some already rich developer richer. What is wrong with you, Mesa citizens? Why would you vote yes on this? This will be such a drain on the water supply. This makes me ashamed to live in Arizona.