LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columnist was correct

Apr 8, 2011


To the Editor:

Guest columnist John Cherette said, “Call me dumb, but giving the state’s rising workforce a worse education is counter productive.

John is anything but dumb. In fact, he is intelligent, insightful and absolutely correct. He, and all students deserve the best possible education to prepare them for the passing of the baton. They are, after all, our future. When they are successful in their endeavors, we all will have an improved quality of life.

— Michelle Turner, Grand Haven




John's quote is correct indeed, it's his premise that is flawed. Cuttting the education budget is NOT going to reduce the quality of a child's education in our State nor should it be an indicator of commitment to education by a our Governor, whom holds 3 college degrees. If you cut your vacation budget this summer because of $5 per gallon gas prices, does this mean you're a bad parent? A fat education budget does not equal a better education for our children. However, it does solidify futher skimming and bloating of a powerful union. The MEA funnels millions of dollars away from our kid's education each year and into their political coffers used to manipulate Americans by asking citizens to vote for our kids because they're our future, continue the entitlement dependancy, protect enept teachers through tenure, line their own pockets, and bankrupt districts into unsustainable retirement packages and benifits through collective bargaining practices. So, with that being said, John offers a misguided and absolutely inncorrect opinion of what cutting the education budget will do for the quality of education in the State of Michigan. I applaud John on his efforts, not his substance. Welcome John to the arena of a true contact sport...politics.


Bravo! Great points dyankee. You know Governor Snyder is on to something when the unions start making this much noise. Fact is our schools are well funded and could do with making cuts as most of us have done in our own homes. Don't believe me? Look at how much your local school administrators are paid. It's public information, just ask - you'd be surprised.


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