The door to the fu­ture

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Seems the Arkansas DemocratGazette ed­i­to­rial writ­ers can’t do what is good and de­cent when it comes to ed­u­cat­ing our chil­dren. They con­tinue mak­ing their smarmy pro­nounce­ments while pour­ing their “we’re oh so much bet­ter than they are” at­ti­tude into the de­bate. Can’t stop grip­ing about the sins of pub­lic schools and shout­ing hal­lelu­jahs about the glo­ri­ous won­ders of char­ter schools.

Give us a break. I think your year-in, year-out di­a­tribes have been the toxic, high-oc­tane fuel that has been feed­ing this con­tro­versy and prob­lem for years. You’ve be­come like Joe McCarthy — find­ing evil and spout­ing your over­sold brand of pro­pa­ganda — and fi­nally the pub­lic is waking up to the fact that you “have no de­cency.”

So, why don’t you shut down your hate-mill and give schools a fight­ing chance to work to­gether for the ben­e­fit of all chil­dren and all schools? It’s the right thing to do, and it’s time you got on the right side and off your bro­ken-down pa­rade wagon.

Fi­nally, you tell us that fail­ure can be closed down. I be­lieve the con­tin­ual re­newal of the fail­ing char­ter Covenant Keep­ers proves you wrong. And your con­tin­ual drum­beat of an­i­mos­ity to­ward pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion also proves you wrong. Your fail­ure to close down the ha­tred is the worst sin of all.

The door to the fu­ture is open. Please stop spit­ting through it. JAKE TIDMORE

Lit­tle Rock

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