Colleges should prep
students for tech jobs
Rather than spend billions on a new stadium that is used a few times a year and benefits only a few people, Atlanta metro leaders should spend that money on making the Atlanta area a true engine of growth for the future. By investing that same money in two-year colleges specializing in technical skills (as outlined in “State needs more skilled workers,” Business, Oct. 20), Atlanta would be producing the skilled workers needed to fill the programming, technical and entry-level jobs that remain unfilled by area employers.
Our education leaders too often over-emphasize a four-year degree, when a two-year degree with immediate, hands-on skills and training is what is best suited for many people leaving high school or changing careers. The four-year degree puts many students in poor financial condition — with no true job skills, in many cases. These technical employees would greatly compliment the engineers and entrepreneurs coming out of our area colleges.
JAY KNIER, ROSWELL
Let children express
themselves in hairdos
Regarding “Schools persist with hairdo bans” (Living, Oct. 22), I am a 60-year-old mother. I find it ludicrous that children are getting negative reactions regarding the styling of their hair.
It is hard enough in our society with bullying and negative images placed on these children. We are more than the sum of size, our sexuality and our color. We are all human beings. These children should be able to express their individuality and culture reflected by their hair with no repercussions.
MARGRET KENDALL, MARIETTA
Statue of hate monger
deserves to be moved
It’s agreed, “‘You can’t pick and choose’ state history” (Metro, Oct. 23), but you can, and should, prioritize it.
Thomas Watson’s role in Georgia history is not one that Georgians can be proud of, any more than the KKK’s role is. He was a populist hate-monger whose speeches and newspaper articles promoted violent crimes.
Like many other Georgians, I have been offended by the prominence of his statue at our state Capitol since I first noticed it over 50 years ago. The fact that state officials plan to relocate Watson’s statue should indicate that Georgia’s history is not being rewritten — just prioritized. This time, I say “kudos” to state officials.
BENJAMIN HIRSCH, ATLANTA