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August 15, 2000
Re school vouchers: It is impossible for a democratic government to properly run schools. As a parent, I insist that teachers base their instruction around values that I find important. As a citizen, I insist that my government take no position on questions of values. Governmental value-neutrality is the essence of freedom of speech and of religion. The government must not tell its citizens what to think, but that is a teacher's primary function. The results of the conflict are manifest: unresolvable debates over evolution, prayer, sex education, discipline, testing, educational standards, integration of sexes, etc. Public schools cannot operate in ways that promote the values of all of the parents.
December 9, 1992
I wish we had a President who has the social agenda of a Bill Clinton, coming forth from a moral value system of a Dan Quayle. TITIA VANDER MOLEN Lakewood
May 18, 1990
The die is cast. Westlake North is considered a "done deal." I had the misfortune of going to City Hall recently to hear the City Council approval. How fitting that this choice is coming to its climax on Earth Day, when we are highlighting the values of clean air, water, and the environment. The real issue that is before us is one of values, the value of the tax revenue from Westlake North project versus the cost to the environment: traffic, pollution, water use, loss of natural beauty, the strain on schools, and so on. Unfortunately, we are not able to calculate all of the costs involved, particularly when these costs extend through the next generation.
November 23, 2012 | By Donna Gehrke-White
"Spiritual" estate planning is becoming a hot topic for baby boomers who want to make sure their values are passed down along with their money, financial planners say. Bequests to charities are up 19% in a year, according to Charity Navigator, a nonprofit that monitors charities. But it goes beyond leaving money to a favorite group, said South Florida attorney Alice Reiter Feld. "It's leaving money with a purpose," she said. That extends into deciding how to give money, or not, to family members, Feld said.
July 1, 1996
Almost every article in your paper proves that we are suffering a crisis of values. However, I believe that your articles on values ("Liberty vs. Morality," occasional series), and the responses, missed a crucial point. Our problem isn't lack of values. Actually, we have too many. We admire honesty, responsibility, tolerance, hard work, compassion and so forth. On the other hand, we also respect cutthroat competition, individualism, greed, absolute freedom and the possession of tremendous wealth.
December 11, 1995
Thanks to Jim Urbanovich for his practical, sane and splendidly straightforward "If Kids' Values Are Damaged, Don't Blame TV" (Counterpunch, Nov. 20). Teach values, teach right from wrong and decide to say "no" to television: Legions of psychologists, family counselors and social scientists could not have said it more effectively than Urbanovich. GLEN W. REDMAN Los Angeles
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