Summer provides learning opportunity
As a parent of three small children, I have great expectations for their future. The quality of their future will depend considerably on their educational opportunities.
Data from Don't Fail Idaho and Idaho Business for Education are showing how Idaho schools continue to graduate unprepared students who require significant remediation.
This is especially troubling to me as I experienced these deficiencies as a graduate from a local high school. I graduated with a 3.3 grade point average, yet my ACT scores on math, English, and science were less than adequate (lower than 18). These deficiencies became apparent during my first semester of college.
I am sure there is more I could have done to improve as a student; however, at the time I thought I was prepared to go on to college. I remember my teachers as hardworking, dedicated individuals who took a personal interest in my success. But the system failed.
No student should graduate unprepared for college. Summer is an opportunity for parents to learn about how our kids' schools are doing, and collaborate on how they can improve. Let's offer our children a better education.
MATTHEW FEATHERSTONE, Meridian
Gays are changing society
How much are we willing to change society to satisfy the gays? Whether marriage as a man/woman union is a law, it is at least a tradition. Apparently that doesn't count for much. Homosexuals are changing society to suit themselves. They changed the meaning of "gay" from "happy." Now they are changing the meaning of "marriage." They are adopting children. Incredible.
To accomplish all this, they hold up the Constitution and talk about their rights. Now they are re-interpreting the Constitution and changing the meaning there. The words "gay" or "homosexual" do not appear in the Constitution. Neither does the right to marry who you want to. Gays live in a fantasy world where their behavior is normal, and they are conning the rest of us into believing it. They live in a heterosexual society, not the other way around. You know the expression "majority rules?" Apparently that doesn't count either.
To me it feels like a hostage situation where gays have taken control and are making demands. I wonder if they've picked their candidate for president of the United States yet? Maybe Neal Patrick Harris. See you at the gay bar.
CAROL BACHELDER, Boise
God defines marriage
Regarding the commentary, "Same-sex rulings promote equality ..." that was printed in the Sunday, June 30 edition: God the Creator, not the U.S. Supreme Court, has decided that marriage is between a man and a woman. The Statesman has given much coverage to the recent Supreme Court decision. Could coverage also be given to the story of Fr. Francois Murad, a Catholic priest in Syria, who was beheaded last week by jihadi extremists?
JIM AND MARY ELLEN NOURSE, Boise
No religion has all truth
Although I have been a lifelong church attendee and have taught Christian education classes for years, I often wonder why there is so much controversy and even warfare over religious issues. It is conceded that people of faith have a deeply entrenched position and yet to believe that you have all truth, or that your religion is the only right one seems to deny the reality that God loves all people.
It is also conceded that the realm of God is spiritual in nature and thus inexplicable and that Scripture is the work of humans, who were not always inspired by God.
It is easy to see why atheists can well plead their case that religion is often a curse rather than a blessing. When people of deep faith fail to acknowledge that there are vast uncertainties relative to both life and death and that final answers are only known to God, it is no wonder that religion has become a problem rather than a solution for many thinking people.
Salvation may be a desired and ultimate goal for humankind, but to assume that it is gained by only those who are in the right religious denomination is to be arrogant and foolhardy.
HARRY A. DENNIS, Boise