Welcome turkeys to New Jersey
I really don't see a problem with the wild turkeys in parts of New Jersey ("Hainesport fights a wild-turkey invasion," Monday). I see it as a win-win situation: You can provide good recreational sport bow hunting for qualified residents, while at the same time providing a nutritious way of filling area food banks. Where's the downside?
Misleading charter-school report
There are some worthy recommendations in the report by Auditor General Jack Wagner on charter schools, but the headline finding — that Pennsylvania charter schools spend more than the national average — is grossly misleading ("Studying the funding of charters," June 15).
First, the report fails to mention that Pennsylvania public-school funding in general exceeds the national average by 16 percent. That's true for charters and all other types of public schools. Second, depending on the data sources used, the difference between charter-school and traditional public-school funding in Pennsylvania is not nearly as significant as the auditor general implies. Third, Pennsylvania is one of only six states in the nation where charter schools enroll a higher percentage of special-education students than is found in other types of public schools, according to a recent U.S. General Accounting Office report. Because the cost of educating the average special-education student is around double the cost for a regular-education student, it makes sense that average charter-school spending in the commonwealth outpaces other states'.
Pennsylvania needs to reconsider how all public-school funding is determined, rather than isolate on how much flows to one type of school.
Is immigration ruling reasonable?
The U.S. Supreme Court, in its latest ruling on immigration, has upheld a provision of the Arizona law that requires police to ask an individual for his papers if there is a suspicion that the person might be an illegal immigrant ("The immigration mess abides," Wednesday).
This sounds reasonable enough, but I wonder how many individuals with a fair complexion and light eyes or hair would be thought of by the police as having sneaked in across the Rio Grande?
Sad state of evolution
Thanks to Signe Wilkinson for the sad but true cartoon "Supreme Court Guide to Evolution" (Tuesday). It is truly a bad omen when we see that the evolution of man has produced unfeeling, uncaring, unemotional groups of corporations. Once upon a time, people who worked in big groups had a dedication to those companies. But, in today's world, there is no dedication to the companies, because industry in general does not care about its employees.
When court rulings come down in favor of big business at the expense of the "little man," we are in trouble.