You suggest that kindergartners may not be ready for these lessons. But kindergartners do learn to call each other "fags" early at school.
I don't agree at all that the legislators have mandated a "poorly crafted, politically motivated mandate."
Not all lies are equal
Re "Undo the Stolen Valor Act to protect free speech," Opinion, Oct. 20
Under some circumstances lying can be a criminal offense, such as false testimony in court. A person can be fired for putting false information on an employment application.
For a person to say that he was awarded a Medal of Honor when he was never in the military, and to spread this lie for political gain, should be a criminal offense. This is not a case of someone making a story a better story.
Raiford L. Langford
As a veteran, I resent people who lie about their military record. But as long as they're not lying to obtain money or a position, we shouldn't arrest them. If we arrested everyone who lies, half the country would be in jail.
However, deliberately lying to hurt other people should be considered a crime, just as deliberately hurting them physically is. Ergo, not all lies are equal.
Re "Billions in tax dollars lost on dropouts," Oct. 20
As a retired workers' compensation judge who has taken courses for the last four years at community colleges, I disagree that billions were "lost" on full-time students who dropped out before completing their studies
"Success" in the article is narrowly defined as a student transferring to a four-year university. I think a more educated populace empowers society in immeasurable ways.
Community colleges should issue certificates of attendance that display the number of units a student has completed, which can be used on job applications. Certainly, a student with, say, 30 units of community college credit is better qualified than a high school graduate who never continued on in school.
Robert Y. Nakagawa