Letter to the Editor: Educators are denying there is a problem


There is one significant point that has not been addressed in the ongoing discussions about the Shenandoah County schools budget issues. It is the lack of spelling capability by members of the School Board and the school administrative officers and all of their supporters. The demonstrated spelling weakness is glaring in its simplicity to spot, but nobody has picked up on it. Until now.

One would think that any highly educated role model should be able to spell a simple two-letter word, but repeatedly, over and over again a three-letter word is substituted at critical times.

The two-letter word is “or” and the three-letter word is “and.”

An infinite number of ordinary examples from practical daily life come to mind, but one that is quite familiar to everyone is that “a person can have a cake ‘or’ they can eat it.”  Note that the statement is false when “and” is substituted for “or.”  But, our educators deny that there is a problem. We have a word for that inability to grasp the true facts. It is called “denial” of physical reality.

What I am leading up to is a cruel fact of life that is guaranteed to take us down if some other calamity doesn’t happen before then.

Our federal debt is increasing at the rate of $1 million a minute. You can check my figures by looking at the U.S. National Debt Clock in real time on the Internet. Do the math and see where that takes our economy. Only a play on words and continuous denial keep the syndrome from being recognized for what it is: hyper inflation.

We in Shenandoah County or any other local community in the United States have no way to create our own money system. What happens at the federal level forces us to be an unwilling partner in everything that happens inside the beltway. You already know what goes on there, so don’t blame those few local government officials who can see the “handwriting on the wall.”  They don’t like it any more than you do, but at least they are prudent within the limited scope of their authority.

John Horne, Woodstock

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