Readers Write 11/30

Workers should know they are appreciated

I’m grateful to the professionals who responded quickly on Thanksgiving Day to help my neighbor who had fallen off his roof.

After putting in a call to 911, it took only a few moments for the crew to arrive from Atlanta’s Fire Department (Station 19), and one of Grady’s ambulances was right behind them.

These skillful men and women worked smoothly to stabilize a seriously injured man and move him safely to a trauma center.

My tax dollars are well spent for public services like this. I want the workers to know they’re appreciated.

Dr. Henry S. Kahn, Atlanta

We need two parents, both working together

Regarding “For better students, encourage parents” (Opinion, Nov. 25), yes, there is no substitute for good teachers.

And, yes, we also need better parents. But first, we need parents — two of them, working together. To bring this state of affairs about, we also need to address the problem of teenage pregnancy.

Dennis Ballou, Atlanta

If God calls on you, keep it to yourself

From the recent article concerning God’s backing of various candidates (“Divine calling reverberates,” News, Nov. 22), we can assume that God is either fickle or has a good sense of humor. I go for the humor.

Playing the God card is a fool’s act. God does not like blabbermouths. I’m sure some reference to that can be found in the Bible. For heaven’s sake, if God really calls on you to run the country, keep it to yourself — then you’ve got a lock on it (or not.)

Bob Eberwein, Atlanta

Advances in education won’t narrow the gap

Experts tell us that the key to long-term economic prosperity centers on advances in education. Societies that have strong education systems do better than those that do not.

I find it strange that we compare our education system with China’s, but it seems that China’s economy is booming because it is taking over the manufacturing jobs that America is losing. The question is: If our education was better than or equal to China, would that bring jobs back to the U.S. from China?

If you believe that jobs went to China because of its education system, you might believe that the jobs would come back.

If you believe, as I do, that they more likely went to China because of cheaper labor and less regulation or taxes, how will pushing college educations bring those jobs back?

If the average American wants to earn a wage that is 100 times that of their counterpart in China to produce the same thing, advances in education aren’t going to narrow that gap.

Richard Dierker, Johns Creek