Letter to the editor: Education is a survival issue

Education is a survival issue

Received May 17

We need to teach America’s founding philosophy.

American exceptionalism describes the world’s most important experiment in durable constitutional government. This topic is too often neglected in America’s high schools and colleges, leaving behind graduates with a critical zone of ignorance. Even the wealthiest of parents, like Fred and Elisabeth Trump, can pay for an education that fails to fill that zone of ignorance. Here is candidate Trump being asked about American exceptionalism in 2015:

“…if I’m a Russian, or I’m a German, or I’m a person we do business with, why, you know, I don’t think it’s a very nice term. We’re exceptional; you’re not. First of all, Germany is eating our lunch. So they say, ‘Why are you exceptional? We’re doing a lot better than you.’ I never liked the term.” … before a Tea Party PAC.

We are fortunate to have Dr. David Adler among us, giving talks and lessons on the constitution and our country’s formative history.

Thankfully Eastern Idaho Technical College will now become a community college. Getting an education in core subjects should not break a family’s bank. Next, we need a strong curriculum dedicated to shrinking the zone of ignorance about America’s core values. If America’s founding principles are to survive and spread, a technical education is not enough. The philosophy and history of America’s founders should not be optional subjects.

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JAY B. GASKILL

Idaho Falls

Appalled at the disrespect

Received May 18

When I relocated to Idaho Falls 24 years ago, one of the things that impressed me most was the feeling of safety in this community. I felt very safe walking the greenbelt by myself and really going pretty much anywhere alone. That sense of security was due to the efforts of the Idaho Falls Police Department. I was fortunate enough to work as an administrative assistant in the police department for 17 years and learned to appreciate and value our officers. During meetings I attended, it was obvious that the mayor and council shared my appreciation.

I am appalled at the level of disrespect and dishonor that the current mayor and council are showing our officers. The mayor and council’s collective attitude is wrong on so many levels. Disrespect is not acceptable to anyone and it is magnified ten-fold when directed at the very men and women who put their lives on the line daily to protect all of us.

Mayor and council, I sincerely hope that you do some serious reflecting and find a way to respect and value our officers as they serve you.

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KATE SICA