Picnics and watching fireworks are a few activities people enjoy in summer and when celebrating America’s independence. But America’s freedom does not allow people to drive drunk. Ironically, driving drunk is one our country’s deadliest problems.
A drunken driver hit me head-on in April of 1992 when I was 16. My active life ended. This collision put me in a coma, paralyzed, and I had multiple broken and dislocated bones.
I spent a month at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton and then six months at a rehabilitation hospital in San Ramon. Therapy followed at San Jose and at the Tracy hospital for 17 months.
I have injuries that challenge me daily. My hearing capability is damaged. I do not walk as gracefully as a Hollywood star or talk like a news reporter. Even with these injuries, I can get my point across.
As a proud partner with the CHP, I am determined to keep drunken drivers off the road. My constant work teaching people to drive sober will not end.
Choose a designated driver before drinking starts at any gathering. This person avoids drinking alcoholic beverages and drives those who do. Saving lives and preventing injuries and penalties, along with embarrassment, is what this driver does.
I firmly demand all drinking people to find a sober driver. If you drive drunk, it will bring a future you and others will regret.
Lori Martin, Tracy
Program to educate poor a waste of taxpayer money
Coming to a school near you, free preschool and day care for Tracy’s poor children. Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing $264 million in his latest budget for this purpose. Surely the overwhelming Democratic legislature will pass it. Who could be against such benevolence? Don’t you care about the poor? It will provide immediate jobs for teachers and day care providers. It will provide an additional year or two of free baby-sitting for poor mothers. Statistics also show that these students enter regular school with a first-year advantage. The federal government during the Great Society around 45 years ago created a program called Head Start for the same purpose and got the same results. However, by third grade, whatever benefit was derived from early preschool for the poor was completely gone. Even after 45 years of results showing that preschool had no long-term advantage for the poor, the program continues, because it sounds good and makes us feel good. Apparently, the quality of parenthood and teaching counteracted any benefit derived from this “head start.” The definition of stupidity is continuing to do the same thing and expecting different results. Spending $264 million on day care and preschool for the poor falls into this category.
Scott Hurban, Tracy
Broken homes real problem with society, schools
Regarding Scott Hurban’s letter published June 13, “Ending teacher tenure good for schools,” I couldn’t agree more, Mr. Hurban, with your last sentence: “there is a long ways to go to ensure our public schools get better.”
But do you really think that changing pencils will cause this story to have a better ending? Some of your conclusions make you sound so young and immature in your perspective of how or why education — to use your word — is a catastrophe. From my perspective, from being involved in public education for over 53 years, the reason it will be a long way is because broken homes are so hard to fix. Are you aware of the attempts that have been made throughout the decades, and that are still being made, to fix poverty? How is that working for you? Which is to say that solving monumental human problems caused by personal choices has the lasting effect of becoming more complex and monumental.
A home in which two involved parents, Dad and Mom, provide and nurture psychological and emotional support is much more likely to produce a child who wants to learn. Have you checked the statistics on how kids are doing when they have these kinds of homes? I believe there are men and women out there who know this. When they bring a child into the world, they plan to be involved in providing that child with real parents. I know “life happens” and “the best-laid plans” etc., but that isn’t what made education the disaster it is today. The federal government taking an ever-increasing role in parenting the population has no promise of fixing schools, hospitals, the economy or broken homes.
It’s personal dignity, integrity and self-worth and a sense of responsibility that only dedicated parents can build into a child in a caring home that will slow the downward spiral of all of our cherished institutions that once made America great.
So, Mr. Hurban, go ahead and fire some more teachers. Let’s see what happens while another generation of children from broken homes go down the tubes.
Bea Culton, Tracy