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Letters to the Editor

'How a fire broke out' in Newsweek article

Newsweek's editor, Mark Whitaker, apologized for the damage done by the false report of desecration of the Quran by American military personnel. The article was false and caused a firestorm of destruction including loss of lives, property and buildings.

On page 34 of the article in the Monday issue, they wrote, "That does not explain, however, why the protest and rioting over the Quran desecration spread through out the Islamic region."

And "[T]he vehemence of feeling around this case." The liberal ignorant editorial staff and writers know nothing of how respectful the believers of Islam treat the Quran. If a single page torn from a copy is found, it is carefully picked up and delivered to the keepers of the damaged or worn copies. No copy of the Quran is ever destroyed. They are delivered for safekeeping at a designated place. The total lack of knowledge and understanding is only surpassed by the fact that Newsweek printed the article in the first place.

The apology will not breathe life into those killed by the response. It will not abate the anger in the Far East where caregivers are being hurt and aid supplies and buildings used in support of aid programs are being destroyed. Your motive is clear. You obtained some loose remark from an undisclosed source and ran with the story simply to do harm to the Bush administration. For the same reason, Newsweek supported the forged National Guard papers aimed at doing damage during the past election. The total disregard for any danger Newsweek could and did cause to our military personnel is absolutely appalling. The Newsweek article represents the reason that print media is losing subscribers. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is losing subscribers to the point where that paper is almost giving away a subscription for a token amount.

- Henry R. Stringfellow

Lawrenceville

EDITOR'S NOTE - The Daily Post received more than 30 letters to the editor regarding the firing of Dacula High School teacher Larry "Doc" Neace. Several have already published. Space does not allow publication of all remaining submissions. The following is a representative sampling of the remaining letters.

Neace didn't deserve knee-jerk reaction

If Col. Nathan Jesup, Jack Nicholson's character in the movie "A Few Good Men," were addressing the Gwinnett Schools superintendent and school board members, he might feel compelled to say:

"Please tell me you have something more. This physics teacher is on trial for his career. Please tell me you haven't pinned your case for firing him on a bad grade for a sleeping student."

The decision-making in this case is not what one would expect from a finalist for national superintendent of the year. If there is a reason the public shouldn't think this was a knee-jerk reaction by officials with anger-management issues, please tell us. Otherwise, it looks like the fired teacher is one good man who was the victim of a collective temper tantrum.

- Don Guthrie

Lawrenceville

Teacher not the problem; board is

Does Gwinnett have a great school system or not? We may not have procedures to send the correct incident reports to the state or stop some teachers from buying degrees, but we do for firing an excellent, well-respected veteran teacher who will stand up to (the administration).

I went to the open meeting that decided the fate of Larry Neace. This was an open meeting, but I got the impression that the public was not welcome. If you weren't there 15 minutes before starting time, you did not get a seat. If you didn't have a seat, you had to go down the hall to a room that could have accommodated everyone at the meeting.

Maybe if we replaced the board and superintendent, the parents and taxpayers of this county would have some input into how the schools of the county are run. A board that always votes together is not a board that invites diversity. If all members think the same. what is the purpose of having more than one member? Who actually runs the school system? Is it the board members or the superintendent? I also wonder if the students who stayed until 2 a.m. got to sleep in class the next day.

- P. T. Swanson

Dacula

What are we teaching the kids with this decision?

In an ever-changing educational system, I imagine it hard to find instructors willing to give 23 years of service to one community. How do we repay them?

What are we teaching our children when we allow less than full participation? What are we implying when grades can be changed? I applaud teachers who expect their students to participate in the classroom. And what is wrong with expecting our kids to show respect to their instructors by staying awake?

Dacula High School has set a bad precedent.

Doc Neace, thank you for being a teacher of true character. Thank you for standing for principle. Thanks for all the life lessons taught. This one is, however, a hard one to swallow.

- Dana Still Brunson

Dacula High School

Class of 1985