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Letters to the Editor

Unpatriotic celebs do disservice to country

Seems we have another has-been Hollywood fading star trying to stir the political pudding in a foreign country.

The latest ex-celeb shooting off an unpatriotic mouth and making a fool of himself in front of the whole world is none other than Harry Bellefonte.

For those who don't remember, he's the guy who made famous the very old hit song that includes the line, "Daylight come and I want to go home." If that doesn't ring a bell, it's the "Day-O, Day-O" jingle played at musical interludes during Braves games.

On his traitorous trip to Venezuela, Bellefonte was quick to praise their crazed dictator as a hero while bashing our president as the world's biggest tyrant.

This is the same guy who called black members of the Bush administration house slaves. Celebrities like Bellefonte, Alec Baldwin and Jane Fonda are quick to visit anti-American countries and praise their leaders, but when "daylight come, they want to go home."

- Deryl Duncan

Lawrenceville

Vouchers help public schools by giving them competition

In response to Ralph Greene's letter ("Fla. court made right decision on vouchers," To the Editor, Jan. 11) praising the Florida Supreme Court for overturning Jeb Bush's school voucher program.

The final point that was made was that this was a victory of the separation of church and state. First of all, no part of the Constitution requires or charges the government with the task of education. Government education is funded by taxpayer dollars, which is to say, money that was once ours paid to the government.

Vouchers give the money, which was once ours, paid in taxes, back to us (and not all of it either). So, with vouchers, anyone who pays into the government schools through taxes still has the choice to spend their money on private education. Where the money comes from for education, whether public or private, is from the individual. Having the right to spend that money on private education, religious or otherwise, has absolutely nothing to do with separation of church and state.

Let's talk about results. It is hard for me to understand why anyone from Georgia would throw stones at anything Florida does in education. Their public school system doesn't rank second from the bottom like Georgia's. Could this be because of competition created by programs like vouchers? The fact is, Georgia will never compete with the rest of the nation or the world, until its administrators get the guts to allow themselves to compete with private education.

Your premise is taking money away from government schools hurts them, when the voucher programs have served to improve the schools. If you praise the elimination of educational competition, I can only guess that you must be one of our government educators.

- Douglas Koskey

Bethlehem