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Sunday’s Letters to the editor

January 22, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

'No' to private vouchers

Dear editor:

The 94th General Assembly of the Arkansas Legislature is in session. The current winning education recipe in Arkansas is to bully vulnerable kids, restrict curricula, increase unfunded mandates, and create hostility toward teachers, all to create distrust to defund the public education system. Arkansas needs legislatures in love with passing public policy that betters the lives of others, not clout chasing for their next higher office or 30 seconds of fame on the news.

Converting public education to a voucher system means that poor kids don't have an equal opportunity to do better than their parents. I was one of those kids, born to a teenage mother with a GED. We could not afford private schools, and we relied on well-funded public schools to uplift me to where I am today. When you give private schools public money it takes away what public schools can provide creating education gaps. Private schools are not held to the same accountability as public schools either. It's disappointing that the Arkansas Legislature wants to limit the opportunities that public schools can provide, hand over money with no accountability, and restrict kids to their parent's successes.

The Republican Legislature and Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders are supportive of the voucher system. They are hoodwinking parents, teachers, and students into selling kids to their donors. They claim "One Size Fits All" does not fit all students learning, yet their voucher bill is an ominous bill that fits all their (vouchers, teacher raises, and student savings accounts) agenda into a "One Size Fits All" bill. The people of Arkansas deserve to hear these debated on their own merits, not slammed together in one bill to protect sold-out politicians from voters. In the end, students will receive unequal educational opportunities causing society to lose. This bill only benefits deep-pocket investors and separationists wanting their kids to go to school with kids of the same color, income, and religion.

Support public education. Say no to vouchers!

Tyler Draper

Hot Springs

Traffic enforcement

Dear editor:

I have noticed in Hot Springs, with much greater regularity, that tow trucks, car haulers, dump trucks, gravel trucks, logging trucks, cement trucks and even city owned trucks (especially those that carry trash and garbage) consistently drive above the posted speed limit, sometimes changing lanes with random abandonment. The authorities responsible for traffic enforcement should address this issue immediately.

John Grillo

Hot Springs

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