Comments by reader1
Posted on March 2 at 7:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The inmates should pay for the education just like everyone else has to. It could be done through a student loan (with interest). Why should an inmate receive preferable treatment over a student who has done nothing wrong? If the writer wants them to attend college for free then start a foundation make that happen. I have no problem with inmates using their time in prison to better themselves. I do have a problem with government making me and other taxpayers foot the bill.
Posted on February 20 at 5:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)
For inmates who earn the right to attend such a program, it makes sense. It is better for the inmates, staff, and society that the inmates use their time in prison productively. However, in no way should it be free, funded by taxpayers. The inmates who take the course should be billed, upon release, for the courses and then be given a specific amount of time to pay for the course. It would be unfair for inmates to be given a benefit that regular students and their parents are denied.
The recidivism argument is offensive in one sense - "if they do not get a college education they will commit crimes upon release" is analogous to "Educate me or I will victimize society upon release" - That's an enlightened policy? Seems more like extortion.
But again, I support the idea - but the inmates must pay for it.
Posted on February 18 at 5:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The ideal situation would be no need for overtime. Second, best option would be the ability to use the OT towards your 401k, 457k plan.
Posted on February 12 at 9:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)
T. Farmer - While no one could argue that students have different levels of ability, due to the fact those abilities are related to things besides basic intelligence - absent some mechanism to ensure all students receive a specific baseline of education I could envision students from the rich elite schools, and all those factors correlated with that, having a permanent advantage.
Nonetheless, your comments are both informative and troubling.
Posted on February 11 at 7:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)
One representative per neighborhood would alleviate this problem.
Posted on February 9 at 8:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)
So is Will arguing that Obama initiate a 3rd armed conflict. Sometimes, pausing and deliberating before proceeding is a judicious move. What would Will suggest to end the civil war and eliminate Assad's weapons of mass destruction?
And, what's Will's answer for Iran's development of nuclear arms? Iran and Syria and challenging problems for which there is possibly no solution.
Posted on February 9 at 8:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)
If the standards are flawed, I would think one would look to change them - not withdraw from the common core model completely. There needs to be some common standard because all the students will eventually participate in a common economic system. Leaving it entirely up the schools has been one of the factors related to the uneven performance of students.
The writer's concerns about lack of transparency and funding issues are troubling.
Posted on February 5 at 8:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)
RE: Manning - It's a team sport. Montana comparisons aside - the 49ers brought great defenses to those playoffs. And, Bill Belichek's defenses are a big reason why Manning was less successful. To just write Manning off as a guy who couldn't get it done in the playoffs is overly simplistic and inaccurate. Personally, I probably would take Montana over Manning but not for the reasons stated in the above letter.
Posted on February 4 at 11:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Swing and a miss. I vote at every opportunity. And, people receiving social service benefits are notorious for low voter turnout. Maybe Schenectady is the exception, but I'd need to see some hard evidence for that.
Posted on February 4 at 5:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Control your vote with welfare? I suspect the voting rates of people receiving these benefits is extremely low.