FYI Guy Gene Balk thinks it may surprise us that nuclear families are on the rise in Seattle because we tend to be liberals [“End of the nuclear family? Not in Seattle,” FYI Guy, Dec. 28]. The Times juxtaposed his column with one about a blogger who, likewise, has difficulty grasping why liberals…More
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Parental poverty Michael Lundin briefly referred to the great obstacles that keep education in the U.S. dead centered: race and poverty. [“Guest column: How to train great teachers,” Opinion, Sept. 5.] They are really the same problem. We use race to justify the poverty we see in the inner cities. The question that rushes to mind is,…More
Living in fear I work in a clinic, and frequently answer phone calls from frightened and panicked mothers. [“Editorial: The heavy cost of vaccination free-riders,” Opinion, Sept. 1.] These mothers are beside themselves, because their unvaccinated child just was cut deeply while on vacation yet they never got a tetanus shot, or they’ve been exposed to…More
Irreplaceable depth A second to Sara Mosle’s guest column, from a retired public schoolteacher. [“Why parents make better teachers,” Opinion, Sept. 1.] My success derived from two sources. I had been a lousy student in high school, after my dad died when I was 14. My wife and I raised five children together. Both of these…More
Parents play a part In her guest column, Liv Finne concludes by saying that “reforms that give most Washington parents a greater voice in their children’s education will have to wait for another day.” [“WEA blocked education reforms,” Opinion, July 16.] Do parents realize the great voice they already have in their children’s education … at…More
Bad manners abound To answer Lynne Varner’s question “Are we teaching kids manners these days?,” the answer in many cases is, sadly, no. [“Blog: Wanted: kids with manners,” Opinion, June 20.] A recent McDonald’s commercial shows a boy bonding with his dad by blowing bubbles in his drink in public, much to the toothy-grinned delight of…More