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November 4, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 4, 2012

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We all can make a big difference

We can always count on attack ads and debates to be part of the election process. People are passionate about who they support, I get that. Campaign signs are also apart of this process. Signs represent who we support, that’s a good thing, right? Obviously, some people in the community have a different opinion.

There has been a lot of hours spent on putting out candidate signs and delivering them to residents who have requested them. However, there are some people in the community that believe that removing signs and vandalzing them is a way to shut down the other side. Really? What is accomplished by this? For me, it just motivates me to do more.

This year is an extremely important election for all people. Do not allow the sound bites and words taken out of context to be the only thing you base your vote on.

Before Nov. 6, read and educate yourself so you can be an well-informed voter. Also, be sure to check and make sure you know the name of your polling place.

Every one of us, each in our own way, can make a difference.

— Joy and Michael McCrisaken

Terre Haute

Big business will not save schools

I believe in evaluation and the use of data to improve success in schools. I do not believe that current reforms at the state level can or will make positive changes in our schools.

These tactics are punitive and undermine our schools, teachers and students. I do not believe that big business and for-profit agencies can save schools. Introducing for-profit agencies and businesses to education encourages corruption and favoritism.

Elections are right around the corner. Your vote this year is so very important for our public schools, children and our future. A vote for Glenda Ritz, Jeff Sparks, Peggy Welch, Mark Stoops and Jim Mann would be a vote to help minimize corporate profit in schools and support the efforts of educators working hard with daunting challenges. Vote for reform that matters.

— Leslie Lipman Gooldy

Ellettsville

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