Letter to the Pilot

Tuesday, July 9, 2002

Talk is cheap when it comes to education


It is becoming obvious to me that Senator Steve King and Senator Mary Lou Freeman, among others, lied to the people when they were wheeling and dealing on the English language bill.

If my memory serves me correctly, they made a deal that if the Democrats would help get the bill passed, then the Republicans would provide more funding to schools for English language education. Where is the money? Iowa Central Community College wants to drastically cut GED and ESL programs because the funding from the state for these programs has been cut. Of course, it is unlikely that any of the sports programs will be cut to provide money to make up this deficit.

The government insists through the English language law that people learn to speak English. They will not provide signs and information in other languages (although the law has so many exceptions that it does basically nothing). Then they remove one of the methods of learning English as efficiently and as quickly as possible.

These programs are very important to this community. It is time to get our priorities in order. There is a lot of talk about the value of education, but when push comes to shove, talk becomes very cheap.

Lowell Fields,

Storm Lake