Salvation Army blues

I read in total amazement United Way’s stated decision to reduce funding to the Salvation Army by 83 percent! Its quoted reasoning for this reduction hinged upon several or many points, including its “new” vision and mission (goals). This action appears to have been developed in haste and seclusion since the United Way didn’t bother to alert its so-called “partners” that a significant (or rather drastic) reduction of funds was in the offing.

I can only imagine the shock and great disappointment of the Salvation Army staff — and now by the local citizens in need. What nonprofit organization has served a greater cause, a greater number of individuals and families, over a greater period of time, so faithfully?

As a person without much of a platform to speak, I would solicit, if not plead, for all future donors in the surrounding area to consider donating directly to the Salvation Army. In that way, perhaps this wonderful organization can avoid the impact of any such future catastrophe.

Lastly, I must say this occurrence grieves me deeply as I’m sure it does many others.

David Jones, Waco

Educating the old way

In her Jan. 7 letter, Claire Wilkinson unwittingly gives the reason schools today are failing to do a good job of educating young people in the next-to-last sentence of her long letter when she says “we can teach peace, equality and civil rights to our students.” Public schools have become indoctrination centers, reinterpreting everything within the context of race/gender/class/sexual orientation with a large dose of recycling thrown in for good measure.

If spending money guaranteed results, every student would be a Ph.D. upon graduation. A few less layers of administration and paperwork would accomplish a lot as well. My mother taught from 1924 to 1970, but her generation taught real subjects which used to be known as reading, writing and ’rithmatic. She taught in the 1920s and ’30s the youngsters who in a few years would be fighting and winning World War II — and she didn’t have discipline problems in her classroom. The students knew who was in charge.

Her generation also accessed the Bible as the greatest source of morality as well as the most beautiful literature ever produced. We had Bible verses read over the intercom followed by devotionals with no evidence of harm. It was litigation and protests which removed these valuable assets from the classroom as well as allowing hooligans and reprobates to remain in the classroom. Society has been paying the price for the past 50 years.

Edward Mitchell, Waco

Stable genius!

I for one believe our president when he says he’s a stable genius — you would have to work in a stable to learn how to shovel the amount of crap he foists on the American people every day!

William Howard, McGregor