Lee A. Casper, Gladwyne
Waste, no fraud
Although an awaited court ruling on Pennsylvania's voter ID law is sure to be appealed, Gov. Corbett's administration is running TV ads advising us to "Show It" - meaning identification when we go to vote next week. The ad states clearly that it is not necessary to show it. So how much money is being wasted? How many teachers could have been rehired, or school nurses? This shows Corbett's main concern for Pennsylvanians: making voting more difficult, despite no evidence of fraud.
Donna Gaynor, Philadelphia
Ease up on gauges
The controversy over standards and test evaluations that have Pennsylvania educators frantic misses an important point ("Core Standards, lack of aid strain Pa. schools," Oct. 16). Most children are learning machines. Difficulty arises when testing, along with the shame of failure, is used improperly. Teaching to a test is a recourse that has little or nothing to do with education. Learning to read is important; some basic arithmetic may come naturally; but apart from these skills, the wide world of knowledge is an open field best cultivated by creative teachers who are not laboring in the crosshairs of the evaluation gun.
John Brodsky, Swarthmore, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shot an arrow
With the return of bow-hunting season, it's worth noting that half the animals hit with arrows wind up getting away and bleeding to death. Numerous published scientific surveys and studies indicate that the average wounding rate for bow hunting is more than 50 percent. That's just a tremendous amount of suffering being caused in the name of recreation.
Silvie Pomicter, Chinchilla, Pa., email@example.com
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane should be applauded for bringing charges against XTO Energy for dumping more than 50,000 gallons of wastewater into the Susquehanna River watershed. Too often, gas-drilling companies have gotten away with these types of violations with a slap on the wrist. The XTO case is an encouraging example of the environmental enforcement that Pennsylvania needs.
Jon Gewirtzman, Ambler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Right move on right
Thank you for returning Charles Krauthammer to the opinion page. I know his intellectual and logical columns give angst to liberal Inquirer readers, but publishing his work lends a degree of objectivity to your newspaper.
James J. O'Donnell, Ocean City, email@example.com
Doing it right
Thanks to The Inquirer for continuing to give readers an excellent paper to start our day, even while the newspaper's owners iron out their differences. As a subscriber for the past 40-some years, I find The Inquirer a perfect accompaniment to my morning coffee. From Page 1 through to the comics and puzzles, it's a great way to keep in touch.
Rosemary T. Salmon, Deptford, firstname.lastname@example.org