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November 4, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Nov. 4, 2012

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Don’t be swayed by Pence’s money

Shame on the Tribune-Star for giving Pence the nod. You have succumbed to Mike’s New York slick ads. These were started on all Indiana TV stations many times since July 4.

How did Mike get that much money? Answer: if you will get an October issue of Forbes magazine, look on page 45 and you will see many billionaires intent on buying America on every level. They wish to make more money and enjoy more pleasures. You can’t blame Mike for taking the money. But, when Mike makes the decision to pay back these billionaires all that money, it will not be in Indiana’s best interest. Especially for we little people.

No to Mike Pence.

John Gregg, a college president, speaker of the house for six years and a representative for 16 years representing all the people, knows Indiana. John knows how to work with others and get things done.

Let us all vote for John Gregg on Nov. 6 for governor.

— Nathan and Helen Bridwell

Jasonville

Get to know Glenda Ritz

Glenda Ritz, candidate for Superintendent of Public Schools is an ardent advocate for public education and the instructional needs of children. She understands the original purpose of the ISTEP test was to measure student performance, not as a mechanism to grade schools or measure teacher performance.

Ironically, the ISTEP tests are pass/fail instruments and do little to enhance a teacher’s knowledge of an individual student’s abilities and skills. Additionally, there is a significant time lag between testing and when the state releases the scores, making the results less valuable in terms of instruction planning. Glenda Ritz plans to collaborate with schools in developing assessments and programs that better address student progress and instructional needs. She advocates for local control and envisions the Department of Education as a partner of support for individual school development.

I heartily recommend you learn more about this excellent candidate for superintendent of schools by visiting her website Ritz4Education.  

— Jenny Stevens

Bloomington, Ind.

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