In the wake of the very tragic Florida school shooting, the pros and cons of teachers arming themselves in schools is coming up in a big way on social media. I am very curious as to your thoughts on this. Please take the poll and feel free to leave your thoughts. I would just ask that you be respectful to both sides in your comments.
Karen Brooks, a former Smyrna Middle School Special Education Diagnostician, pled guilty to raping two underage students. Her sentence? Probation! They could have set a crystal-clear example with her and given her jail time, but no, they give her probation.
I have tried to stay on the sidelines in the Syrian refugee crisis. It is a deep concern of mine in many aspects. My reasons for not publicly commenting on this are very simple. I don’t want my readers to get sidetracked from education issues I write about. The extremes on this issue among Delaware citizens is very apparent. I have seen people de-friend others on Facebook because they don’t agree with their point of view. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground on these issues. I see very Liberal citizens completely blasting Democrat politicians because they don’t agree with Governor Markell or President Obama. I see those on the far right continue to trash those who seek equity in our society.
The plain and simple fact is this: there is a very huge population of people in this world who have no choice but to leave their country for fear of their very lives. This is the reality. Unfortunately, there are those who take advantage of that and come to other countries to perpetuate terror. We saw it in Boston and Paris in recent years. When do the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many? When does the safety and concern for a country’s current citizens become more paramount than those who are not even having their basic needs met? This is the crux of these issues. Both sides have valid points that warrant further discussion. What drives me crazy is the polarizing effect this has on social media. I see this with gay marriage and abortion as well. I cringe when I see very blatant and racist comments when the News Journal posts anything directly related to race on Facebook.
In matters of education, I fully understand I am extremely polarizing on certain issues. I have never de-friended someone on Facebook though if they don’t agree with my opinion. I will argue it until the cows come home, but I won’t shut them out. As a society, we have become very quick to draw that line in the sand.
With that being said, I am taking a stand on the refugee crisis. I do not think Americans should be put in harms way for the sake of individuals from another country. While I realize there is more chance of a plane crash happening than a terrorist attack on US soil, the implications and consequences of another event would be long-term and damaging. I don’t believe the US Government can say with 100% certainty that the vetting process is reliable. While there is a chance, I can’t support accepting refugees from Syria. This will tick off many who believe I am a Progressive Liberal. If anything I am a Progressive Conservative Independent Republican Democrat. It really depends on the issues. In a nutshell, I am in the middle. On this issue, I don’t think the risk of American lives being lost and disrupted is worth it. 9/11 haunted me for many years. To this day, I always cry on the anniversary. I didn’t lose anyone that day, but it felt like America was ripped apart and we lost something that day. It was our sense of safety and security.
Today I received an email as I do every day from various groups and organizations on both sides of the fence on numerous issues. Upon reading the below letter, I felt it best exemplified my thoughts and concerns with the refugee crisis. I am posting it here because it is an important issue and a well written letter that best shows where I stand on this issue. This does not mean I agree with every single aspect of the groups who signed onto this letter. But on this issue, I stand with their opinions. I do not think it is a racism or discrimination issue but rather a safety issue. There is a very clear distinction between the two.
Faith and Freedom Coalition Delaware
Central Delaware NAACP
Rev. Dr. Shawn Greener
Frederick Douglass Foundation of Delaware – Sussex County
Institute on the Constitution