Sad But True
from actual news reports, provided by Jeffrey Trunzer
Principle Scott Skidmore, of the James Brooks Middle School, Midland, Texas, ordered 12-year-old Stanley Diaz Jr. to shave his face or be indefinitely suspended. Stanley is being carefully taught.
Teach Them Responsibility
Sam Aurelius Milam III
When I was young, our parents didn't lock their guns away from us. They taught us how to handle them. I owned my first rifle by the time I was a high school freshman. I still own it.
In my article Teach The Children Well (see page 2) I suggested arming the students. That seems extreme by the standards of today's authoritarian propaganda. However, any government powerful enough to keep guns out of the hands of children is a lot more dangerous than guns in the hands of children. Therefore, ponder this alternative. Marksmanship could be an elective in every school. Any student could take it. When a student became competent in handling a weapon, he could carry it anywhere.1
Some of the best times that I spent with my father were the times that we spent shooting. There's no reason to hide guns from children, or teach them that guns are evil. Instead, supervise them and teach them responsibility.
Sam Aurelius Milam III
Reprint. Originally appeared in September of 1998.
There are many improvements that could be made in the American school system. However, I can suggest one that I believe would be more beneficial than most of the others.
There isn't anything so specialized about high school subject matter as to prevent a reasonably intelligent and normally educated teacher from being able to teach any subject through the high school level. A good text book and some preparation, perhaps during the summer, is all that would be necessary to teach a new subject. A teacher could always call a technical specialist into the classroom, if that became necessary. However, the real subject of importance to a teacher shouldn't be math, science, or literature. It should be the students. That being the case, I believe that teachers ought to become experts not just in particular subject matter, but in their students.
I suggest an experiment. Some schools, instead of assigning teachers to specialties, rooms, or grade levels, should assign them to groups of students. A teacher should start out with a group of students in the first grade and remain the teacher of those students throughout their entire course of study, through high school graduation. Obviously, there would be students leaving and joining the group throughout its existence, but it would be the same group. The continuity, stability, and trust provided by the arrangement might prevent many of the problems with children that occur today. The education, in my opinion, would be superior to what we have today.
Teach The Children Well
Letters to the Editor
I hope you will continue to remind people about the downside of this national ID business.
I was just required to produce my Social Security number to register my truck! By a state law that happened when I was not looking. Ditto for a driver's license.
For years, I have lived by the rules "Don't give your Social Security number to anyone who is not giving you money and don't show your driver's license unless you are driving." It has been very complicated to live by these rules. Ordinary people doing ordinary business feel you are a jerk because you are complicating their lives.
Now that the state has decided I can't drive without divulging my Social Security number, I am beginning to think the privacy cows are just too far out of the barn to get rounded up again.
— Steve; San Antonio, Texas
I'll oppose the national ID system for as long as I can. However, it's more than merely complicated to survive while defying a mandatory ID system. It's dangerous and frightening. I haven't had a Social Security number since June of 1984 or a driver's license since February of 1986. Because of my principled opposition to (among other
|things) the national ID system, I'm faced
with the possibility of starving under a bridge. So long as I'm the
only one taking such a stand, I'm probably going to lose. I need
other people doing the same thing, and invite everyone who reads this to
join me. Terminate all of your documentation, as I did, and refuse
to cooperate with tyranny. If that's too much to do, then you might
consider contributing to my support, so that I can continue the struggle
Dear Sam & Jan
... And, yes, the President IS subject to CMJ, and has been since G. Washington!!....
— Eric; Tehachapi, California
George Washington wasn't subject to the UCMJ, which wasn't enacted until May of 1950. Regarding President Clinton, see the next letter.
The Uniform Code of Military Justice is found at Chapter 47 of Title 10, United States Code. The first section is 10 U.S.C. 801. There are many URLs that contain the U.S. Code including http://law.house.gov.
The President is not subject to the UCMJ.
— Steve Epstein, Deputy Director
Standards of Conduct Office, DoD OGC
Thanks for all the expressions through the Frontiersman. Also finally got over to your web site. Nice work. Keep it up. RE: your article "Millennial Misinformation" I need to differ my opinion with you. We are not counting years. We are telling time or marking its passage. Just as the A.M. starts at 12:00:00 the new year starts 12:00:00 January 1. And the new millennium starts 12:00:00 January 1, 2000 as the one we are in started 12:00:00 January 1, 1900. When January 1, 2001 rolls around, we will have completed one year (count um! then) of the new millennium. It is a simple matter of time telling not counting in my book of rules on how to travel planet Earth — for now. The real question is "Why all the hype in the first place?" Time was before Jesus. We are really just making a big deal out of a christian thing. But then any excuse to party is not a bad thing in most people's books. Take care and keep writing — it's in your blood.
— Millie; El Granada, California
At first I to was upset that the Millennium will be starting in 2000 instead of 2001. Then I considered: 1. Jesus was actually born in 4 BC, so the 3rd Millennium has actually already started. 2. The cultured Renaissance Italians spoke of the 1400's, the 1500's, rather than the 15th century, the 16th century. 3. The sooner the 20th century/1900's end, the better.
The metric system is not better (morally superior). It is more efficient (rationally superior). You can't do modern science (e.g. space exploration) under the British system of measurement. It's true that for measuring bulk/weight in manufacturing/agricultural production, it makes no difference whatsoever. Only when a future society, as a whole, becomes interested in science — not just a scientific class — will it be practically necessary for everyone to think in meters, rather than in feet.
As I said, the US was founded by deists. They were terrified at the thought of a Christian theocracy. They knew that "modern" "Christians" completely ignore the teachings of Jesus, such as Matthew 6:5-6. There are many problems with democracy. I don't defend it. Rousseau started from a democratic concept, for the sake of individual freedom, & ended up advocating a tyrannical state religion. Democracy still needs non-democratic institutions, like the military. There's no reason why soldiers can't admit they're gay. Spartan & Roman armies thrived while accepting homosexuality. But because adult Christian soldiers are in a non-democratic situation, the government military must provide them with chaplains. No congressman has yet insisted that Congress follow Matthew 6:5-6. It would make for an amusing debate. But public education should not institute a religious practice contrary to Matthew 6:5-6. It infringes upon the freedom of those few children who might take the teachings of Jesus seriously — not to mention the agnostics. The hypocrisy of school prayer, like the hypocrisy of public prayer by the buzzards in Congress, is not just an insult to atheists, it's an insult to Christianity too.
Eric is correct: the racist fascism of Milosovic, the racist fascism of the NYC & NJ police, the racist fascism of the trench coat Mafia — kids indoctrinated by CIA-backed Nazi & KKK organizations — these are the trends of the moment. Giuliani's repeated insistence, that people not express this truth, only belabors the obvious.
— Elliot; N. Merrick, New York
Why can't you do modern science (e.g. space exploration) using the "British" system?
Buck Hunter Shoots Off His Mouth
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— Impoverished Single Mom
Dear Impoverished Single Mom
Have you tried wearing a bra?
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