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Letters to the editor

Pence shows how not to educate

The picture with the Feb. 27 front-page article by Niki Kelly, Gov. Mike Pence sitting with a 4-year-old at a desk, with another child right behind him, sitting at a desk. Is this what the preschool children of Indiana can expect with the “voluntary pre-K scholarship program for disadvantaged children” – sitting in rows at their desks?

Based on years of research, high-quality preschool programs need for children to be actively engaged in their learning with creative activities that cannot be possibly done sitting at a desk. What is shown by Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis, which partners with Horizon Christian Schools, is not the high-quality preschool program that young children need.

Don’t be fooled by religious programs professing their love for children. Just because they love children does not mean they know how to educate children.


CPR can make kids lifesavers

Indiana legislators have an opportunity to give thousands of Hoosier youth the skills necessary to save a life. House Bill 1290 would require schools to provide CPR training to all high school students.

As a school nurse at Concordia Lutheran High School, I have had the privilege of seeing our students learn CPR. They understand the benefit of learning this lifesaving skill, especially when the statistics about sudden cardiac arrests are alarming:

•There are 360,000 cardiac arrests each year.

•90 percent of those victims die because they don’t receive immediate CPR.

•70 percent of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac arrest because they don’t know CPR or are afraid of hurting the patient.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S., but when ordinary people, not just doctors and EMS, know CPR, a victim’s survival rate can double or even triple. Schools are adding thousands of lifesavers to our communities by training their students, faculty and staff. In fact, laws in more than 10 states require CPR training for high school graduation, and more states are joining the movement. Let’s make Indiana next!

Today’s students don’t want to be bystanders. They want to jump in and help whenever and where they can. By training them in CPR, we give them the tools to confidently save lives. I encourage our legislators to pass HB 1290.


Knight of great entertainment

Fun, fun and funny! The current Civic Theatre production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” was one of the most enjoyable evenings I have spent, especially in this dreary winter. Voices were great, costuming terrific, orchestra wonderful. I left the theatre singing, as did many others. Thanks, Civic! The musical runs through March 9. Get your tickets!


Kubacki punishing constituents

Rep. Rebecca Kubacki apparently likes to hold us accountable for crimes that others have committed. Isn’t that nice?

Instead of looking for ways to punish those people who abuse and misuse certain over-the-counter cold medicines, Kubacki would rather hold you accountable by limiting your freedom to go to the store and purchase an over-the-counter cold medicine of your own choosing. She also seems to think it would be just fine for you to pay a whole lot more for that package of Benadryl.

Her response to the issue of illegal-alien students in our state is similar. In the past, Indiana did not uphold federal law which, even now, forbids giving in-state tuition to illegal-alien students. A 2011 state law forced Indiana to uphold federal law in this regard. Kubacki voted for that law. However, in 2013, she voted to give in-state tuition to illegal-alien students, saying we cannot hold these students accountable for their parents’ actions. That’s just mean, she said. Instead, she wants to hold everyone else accountable for the actions of the parents of the illegal alien students. That is somehow more fair and less mean?

It would be nice if Kubacki stopped voting to punish all her constituents rather than those who are breaking laws. Perhaps it’s time for her to find another line of work. Curt Nisly can help her with that.