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Quality public schools for all.

Roosevelt vs. Reagan was such a great piece ("Understanding the Times," July). Very nice work. DA continues to expand in content, size and quality. All of your content is excellent, and the look and feel of the magazine is very professional!

Vicki Smith Bigham, president, Bigham Technology Solutions Inc., Houston, Texas

I'm sick and tired of the U.S. being a throw away society ("Understanding the Times," July). Get tired of your marriage, you throw it away and find a new spouse. Tired of your car, you throw it away and get a new one. Computer, cell phone, clothes ... the list goes on and on. Some companies (like those that make computer printers) even encourage us to throw away old ones and purchase new ones. I think we would be better off if we tried to fix some of the things we have instead of always looking for the new. In a way society has instilled this into our worldview and it sure seems to be a part of who you are--this is exactly what you encourage in your piece. I have just one simple question: Why can't we first try to fix broken schools instead of throwing them away for new ones? It's not our job to start throwing schools away, it's our job to start fixing poor schools.

Reece Blincoe, superintendent, Stockdale (Texas) Independent School District

Editor's comment: Thank you for your comments regarding my column. I am not, however, saying to " throw away" anything. I am saying that there is a significant difference between Roosevelt's and Reagan's philosophies of the appropriate role of the federal government with regard to education and other services. I said that Reagan was right and advocated a "fresh look at how best to ensure universal access to quality education in a free society." Furthermore, my position advocates more schools, not fewer.

Dan E. Kinnaman, publisher of DA
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Bigham, Vicki Smith; Blincoe, Reece; Kinnaman, Dan E.
Publication:District Administration
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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