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Vouchers and Liberty

September 03, 2000

The debate over school vouchers is wrong at its very core. The argument seems to be whether or not they improve test scores. That is entirely irrelevant.

The real issue is whether or not liberty is a basic right or something that must be granted by an authority. I think vouchers are good simply because they put more choice and more liberty into the hands of citizens. And in doing so they support the idea that parents, not the government, are responsible for their families. School vouchers are pro-choice and pro-family.

Any politician who respects the concept of liberty and the citizens who want to practice it will support school vouchers. Any politician who doesn't has been bought by bureaucrats who would sacrifice your children in order to keep their jobs.

BILL KONERSMAN

Pasadena

* We paid to educate each of our seven children for 12 years in parochial and private schools.

Under the proposed voucher system the government would have paid us $336,000.

Sounds good to me.

PAT GREUTERT

Pasadena

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