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Letter to the Editor: Taking issue with writers



May I take issue with two articles appearing in the Sun Advocate in the March 20 issue.

The first is a letter to the editor from Mr. Sharp of Castle Dale. The second to address issues mentioned in the column on that day called "The Wasatch Behind."

In asking people not to sign the petition for a referendum on the school voucher legislation passed by the recent legislative session, Mr. Sharp maintains the vouchers give parents a choice to remove their children from the corruption of public schools.

In serving 16 years on the Carbon School District Board of Education, including six years as a member of the board of directors of the Utah School Boards Association, never did I see any sign of any corruption in our public schools. Mr. Sharp makes some wild charges but all I ever saw in my service were truly dedicated school administrators, teachers, maintenance workers, just about anyone associated in our public schools. The public schools are the backbone of our society. All I can concur is that advocates of the school vouchers are afraid to let the public vote in a referendum on this issue.

In so far as "The Wasatch Behind" column, never have I read such silliness. The writer says we can get our gas from Caesar Chavez in Venezuela. He should be informed that Caesar Chavez is the deceased hero of the farm workers in California. The president of Venezula is Hugo Chavez.

One other thing. To compare President Bush's decision to invade Iraq with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is ludicrous. America was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. Iraq did not attack us, the present administration took us into a preempted war there on a stack of lies, distortions and half truths. It is past time we brought our service people home, a tremendous price has already been paid for this oil war, and really, oil is what it is all about.

We don't need any more "Wasatch Behind's" in an attempt to pull the wool over our eyes.

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