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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, October 28, 2017 1:00 am


Teachers best to assess

As we all know from experience and research, testing will not reveal the true knowledge of children. “States don't have to administer a major summative test each spring (reads the Oct. 12 editorial 'Testing, testing'); they can use smaller interim assessments and also evaluate students through portfolios or projects.” Let's give educators the responsibility since they are with the students daily and are really doing the job of assessing children through observation, projects and portfolios.

So don't duplicate, don't throw millions of taxpayer dollars to companies that do not care about the individual students, only the bottom line.

Mary Musson

Fort Wayne

Hearing anthem should prompt quiet reflection

I take offense with President Donald Trump and Gene Biberstein (Letters, Oct. 4) as they proclaim “firing them on the spot” or “shipping them out of the country.” They are talking about their feelings regarding NFL players who chose to kneel during the national anthem.

I agree with Candace Schuler (Letters, Oct. 6) that kneeling has always been used to show respect.

I am 87, and kneeling has been in my life as long as I can remember. We kneel at church; receivers of honors do it. Kneeling can be and should be done whenever the individual feels the need to show respect or humility.

Leave these players alone and let them kneel and lock arms to show solidarity. They feel the need to do this, so let them do so.

I would like to hear the second verse of our anthem sung along with the first. The words tell a story:

“So thus be it ever, when free men shall stand between their loved homes and the war's desolation.

“Then conquer we must when our cause it is just and this be our motto, in God is our trust.

“Then the star spangled banner in triumph shall wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

If you want to complain, how about the fans who do not cover their hearts with their hands, or keep talking through the anthem. Or how about the  singers who use their own tune or forget the words. Should we ruin their careers or ban them from singing our national song at any more games? Stupid, isn't it? Let's drop all the hoopla over these athletes and look to ourselves when we are hearing our national anthem.

Joan Klenke

Fort Wayne

Players need to become part of the solution

I'm not usually one to air my feelings in public, but I feel compelled on this issue.

If the goal of NFL players “taking a knee” was to draw attention to perceived social injustice, mission accomplished. The whole country, media and politicians are talking about it. But what next? Will those players do something positive? Will they meet with law enforcement and community leaders in their towns? Will they try to right the wrongs of the injustice they see? Or, will they puff out their chests and talk about the “good” they have done? The attention they have brought?

Anybody who has traveled overseas knows how great this country is. Anybody who has served this country, or knows someone who has served, knows. And anybody who has enjoyed the freedom to protest knows. I thank those who have brought these important issues to the fore. But, I also suggest that those who have tried to bring these social injustices to light take the next step and get involved in their communities to try to make things better. This is not something for the federal government to solve; it is a local, grassroots issue.

The protesters have made their point. We've seen them. We've heard them. Let's see them become part of the solution instead of just pointing out a problem.

Richard Rifkin


CHEERS to The Journal Gazette for adding “Dilbert” to the comics section. Now I can read my favorite comic strip when I sit down to enjoy reading the newspaper.