Thursday, August 18, 2005

Letters to the Editor

Uniform letter response:
Dear Editor,

I am writing in regards to the letter written by the parent in last week’s issue, regarding school uniform policy. As a parent and former student of Henry, I agree with the other parent completely. My son is in the sixth grade at Henry and cannot bring home his science book, due to the fact there are not enough textbooks to be issued to the children. When I was in attendance at Henry, we always had enough textbooks. Also another thing that concerns me is that we are asked also as parents to provide copy paper, paper towels, soap, disinfectant spray and such items along with the tools that my child needs such as notebook paper, pencil, etc. When I attended the school system provided paper towels and copy paper for the school. As a taxpayer I would like to know where our tax money is being spent, after all, this is a public school is it not? If I were on the school board would be much more concerned with the children having books than concerned with what color uniform the kids should be wearing. I as a parent would rather contribute to buying school books than have to pay $35 to $40 for school uniforms that will not last through the year. The other parent is correct in her assessment of the uniforms not lasting. When the trial of uniforms a few years back was attempted, I had to purchase several more pants and shirts by January of the school year, and they do not come cheap. I also agree that it would be harder for children to have to wear hand me down faded uniforms than it would be hand me down blue jeans. I agree that a policy should be enforced on the appearance and type of clothing that these children are wearing. But khaki pants and polo shirts are not the answer. I am not totally against uniforms, but as a working parent, I feel that textbooks and supplies should be a top priority for the school system. If those items were provided to my child buying uniforms would not be so hard on us as a parent. I am not blaming the teachers or principals for this problem, they too are the victim of the system. I know that they need these supplies to make their difficult and trying jobs a little bit easier. But as a parent and taxpayer, I would like to know where our tax money is being spent.

Sincerely,
Deborah Osborne
Byhalia

Underage drinking:
Dear Editor:

Contrary to public perception, most underage students do not drink. The 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates 71 percent of adolescents, 12-20 years old, do not drink.

The percentage of college freshmen who reported drinking beer frequently or occasionally is 6 percent lower than in 2000, down 38 percent percent since 1982, according to the 2004 American Freshmen Survey. This is good news, but there’s more work to be done.

When the Roper polling organization asked youth, ages 13-17, what is the greatest influence on their decision to drink alcohol or not, 75 percent cited their parents as the No. 1 influence.

That’s why Anheuser-Busch and A&B Distributing Company offer Family Talk about Drinking, a free parent guide designed to encourage open, honest communication on this subject.

For parents of college–bound freshmen, the College Talk guide can help continue this discussion as their children move to the next level of independence.

To download these free guides, visit familytalkonline.com, collegetalkonline.com, or call 1-800-359-TALK. When it comes to the fight against underage drinking, “Responsibility Matters.”

Sincerely,
Joan Lunsford
Consumer Awareness & Education
A&B Distributing Company


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