To the editor:

I read Mark Hounsell’s first two epistles on education. I refrained from responding to the first Aug. 30 column as I didn’t wish to cause him embarrassment. Both were struggles, but I was determined to read them in their entirety, and I read them several times. 

There were several paragraphs I simply couldn’t comprehend. The first two paragraphs of the second Sept. 6 column was simply a mess of gobbledygook. I spent 30 years of my life as an educator and a professor, but these columns are beyond me. 

I think he was saying the Judeo-Christian faith should be taught in our schools? Fine, as long as you teach other religions, such as Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, deism, humanism and, yes, atheism, and only what they are, keeping in mind the founding fathers’ proclamation of separation of church and state. Why doesn’t he present a curricula, taking us from the freshman year through the senior year? 

I sense that he was frustrated by not having been elected to any public office, the last being the school board. Try and accept these defeats with grace and dignity.

William Murray


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completely agree. Unfortunately, whenever someone wants religion taught in schools they usually only mean "their" religion. Same thing with "In god we trust" which one?

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