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While Obama is fiddling around, the world is falling apart. We know Nero was crazy; not sure about this guy. — Bob Casebier, Medford

Last month, 258 Scenic Middle School students participated in the Junior Achievement Finance Park held at the Medford Armory. The Central Point students immersed themselves in a reality-based decision-making process associated with family budgeting, including housing, transportation, food, utilities, health care, investments, philanthropy and banking. The activities asked students to put into action concepts they learned in the classroom in order to better understand maintaining a realistic personal budget.

While creating a budget, students had to decide between wants and needs. They expressed that the program led to a greater appreciation about the expense of raising a family and the importance of working hard in school to achieve a career that pays a living wage.

Parents appreciated their children's new perspective and dose of reality. Parents also stated that prior to this unit of study their children had no concept of how much money their parents had spent on them.

Rogue Credit Union, with the help of Northwest Credit Union Association Foundation, made it financially possible for Scenic Middle School to participate in this program. Our students learned some valuable life skills and we are very appreciative for the support that the above organizations provided. — Brad Eaton, principal, Scenic Middle School

The opening of the Ground Zero Museum sanctifies the government's version of September 11th. The tourist attraction joins two other institutions presenting mythical views of history based more on beliefs than facts.

In Kentucky, a museum celebrates God's creation of the world about 6,000 years ago, when humans and dinosaurs supposedly co-existed. In contrast, scientists place Earth's origin billions of years ago and the dinosaurs' disappearance millions of years before humans.

Equally factually challenged, a Dallas museum presents the lone-assassin view of JFK's murder. The museum offers nothing about Oswald's CIA or FBI connections, nothing on the implausibility of the "magic bullet," nothing on how Kennedy's death led directly to the vast escalation of war.

Similarly, the new Ground Zero Museum teaches a sanitized view of September 11th — comforting, but not congruent with the facts. Like the 9/11 Commission, the museum conveniently ignores the implosion of 47-story WTC 7, untouched by any jet. This demolishes the government contention that 19 Muslims attacked us with no inside help.

These three museums remind us how crucial it is to develop critical thinking skills. If we don't, we'll continue to be manipulated into needless wars and remain confused about climate change. — Ron Hertz, Ashland