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All can participate

While supervising student teachers in physical education in the valley, I noticed that (so-called) handicapped students just sat on the sidelines. I knew they could participate and with the start of Special Olympics nationally, I began the Jackson County Special Olympics many years ago.

It is still going strong. ' Bev Bennett, Medford

Question about airline rates

I read with great interest all the changes and money being poured into the remaking of the Medford airport. My question would be, does this mean they will lower their already outrageous, obscene airline rates?

They still are one of the highest charging airports in the whole USA. But then again we all know they will get more outrageous and obscene. ' Richard L. Taylor, Grants Pass

Reform 'no child' law

Dr. Juli Di Chiro is correct in expressing concern about the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law (MMT 8/16/04). Although the stated goals are laudable, the law fails in two major areas.

The first failure is financial. The NCLB program is sadly under-funded and shifts the costs of implementation to an over-burdened state system. Unfunded mandates create financial pressure on other desirable programs like music, sports and foreign language. Using scores with questionable statistical value to determine funding levels of schools is not a good method to advance student educational levels.

— The second major difficulty with NCLB is that it fails to recognize differences in students and how those differences affect testing scores. Every student that enters into school has a different experience and understanding of the surrounding world. There is not one set of criteria that determine the educational progress of students. Accurate assessment needs to be much more global than simple biannual testing.

In February of this year the Community College UniServ Council passed a resolution identifying a number of weaknesses in NCLB. The weaknesses of the law have not yet been addressed and further reform is needed. ' Paul Fisher, treasurer, Community College UniServ Council, Ashland

Witness to cruelty

Last Thursday (9/2) as I was driving out on Highway 99 toward the Exit 19 from Ashland about 6:30 p.m., I witnessed a scene that made me literally ill. Two young men were walking on the side of the road with a small black (maybe black Lab) puppy on a leash. The puppy was dawdling as puppies will do when not trained or tired. Instead of picking up the puppy, the young man holding the leash gave the puppy the most vicious kick with his heavy shoe. I'm sure the puppy was injured because of the blow, but, I couldn't turn around to go back to help as I had an older woman with me who had a deadline in Medford. This made me so angry to think anyone could be so cruel to an innocent little animal.

How does he treat people, especially children, if he does this?

I've wished I could have gone back and retrieved that little darling critter. It made me weep for his sake, as well as all those others who are mistreated. Why do people have to be so evil? I only hope the puppy can find a better owner. ' M.A.Thorpe, Ashland

Remarks problematic

It is problematic whether to describe Joe Frodsham as simply an ignorant man or as a reminder that neo-McCarthyites exist. In either case, I am thankful that our daughter is no longer a student in the Medford school system if School Board member Frodsham is casting any votes about the type of education to which she might be exposed.

Whether he confessed to uttering his disparaging opinion about any person, place, or thing in jest, he displayed his stupidity (and even if in jest, we must remember that there is belief/truth in the mind of the alleged jester).

How the voters of Medford could vote to maintain Mr. Frodsham on such an important body as the School Board is a mystery; if they don't demand his swift removal, voluntarily or otherwise, they are condemning their children. ' Roberta S. Greene, Medford