Recent letters to the editor from Gazette readers.
Rebuild USA Gymnastics
It is now obvious USA Gymnastics needs to revamp its entire culture from the inside out. Given the fallout from all the abuse and resignations, the organization should start from the ground up and rebuild from coaches, medical personnel, sponsors, executives, university affiliations, headquarters and training facilities. All the abused athletes should have a say in how the corporate structure is reassembled. Gymnastics is a great sport, and everyone can learn how to build it back from the tragedies of the past few years.
School choice the best option
I was inspired to write this letter after attending the Parents Challenge (National School Choice Week) rally at Colorado Springs City Hall - seeing hundreds of students from various public, charter and private schools - an energetic throng of diverse ethnicities, religions, and tax brackets - singing, dancing and at the lectern, thanking Parents Challenge for enriching their lives.
While the educational choice nonprofit Parents Challenge, founded by Joyce and Steve Schuck, was busy in 2017 contributing $290,000 private dollars to provide parents with superior educational choices for multitudes of low-income children in the Pikes Peak region, the 1.7 million member government teachers' union, American Federation of Teachers, was busy in Douglas County dumping $300,000 of taxpayer provided union dollars to fund anti-choice school board candidates to take educational choices from students with financial challenges, special needs and other educational preferences.
Educational funds placed directly in the control of parents not only empowers parents with the ability to choose educational options that best meet their individual requirements and preferences, but also motivates schools to deliver exceptional educational experiences to students to attract greater enrollment. Unfortunately, when funding remains exclusively controlled by politics, rather than choice, and government authorities, rather than parents, the requirements and preferences of government employees and teachers unions, rather than students, become the priority.
Educational choice for parents also provides opportunity for the best performing teachers and administrators to be paid substantially more, rather than held back by the government union seniority pay scale demanded by colleagues retired-on-the-job or with lesser skills.
When all types of schools (public and private) compete for students, and parents are empowered to choose the best options to meet their needs, we all win - the kids, the parents, the teachers and the taxpayers.
In defense of fruitcakes
I like fruitcake. I have always liked fruitcake. ("Why the bad rap, fruitcake?", The Gazette, Jan. 25).
As a young 20-something with little money for Christmas gifts, l would make special fruitcakes with fresh ingredients, and lots of love, for my parents. They never complained about it. I like fruitcake way better than Christmas stollen, which is a traditional German fruit bread that is highly touted as a Christmas gift and not maligned like fruitcake. I don't know why fruitcake got such a bum rap.
I don't like brussel sprouts, but l don't fling them across a Manitou Springs park or joke about it to people who like them. I just don't eat them. If you don't like fruitcake, then don't eat fruitcake. Leave it us who do like fruitcake.