Playground put-downs

As a retired teacher, lately I have been having a recurring nightmare.

It goes like this: I’m doing small group work when all of a sudden Jimmy starts yelling that Jordan is a sleazeball. I explain to Jimmy how inappropriate that is, but all he says is his father said that President Trump called ex-FBI director James Comey a sleaze on national television so it must be OK.

Next, I’m presenting a new math concept when Andrea is screaming ‘‘crazy Carla, crazy Carla.’’ When I tell Andrea that we don’t call people crazy, she tells me that she heard the president call Sen. Bernie Sanders crazy Bernie.

After I catch my breath, I realize that I am now out in the courtyard supervising recess when I hear Sydney bellow ‘‘stupid, stupid, you are so stupid.’’ I patiently tell Sydney that stupid is an unacceptable word and often provokes fights; however, she replies that she overheard her mother on the phone repeating the president calling the Democrats stupid this and stupid that.

All of a sudden I wake up and realize I was having a bad dream.

Unfortunately, for the millions of other teachers who have no option of waking up to end the nightmare, I wish them the best of luck.

Robert Janicek, New Franklin

 

Poor decisions result

Regarding Michael Douglas' commentary (‘‘Why James Mattis chose ‘immersion,’” Jan. 13), four decades of immersion-based decision-making gave us the Iraq War. And a few decades before that, Vietnam.

The process led the adults in those rooms to the wrong decision. Shepherding any decision-making process is the insurance that the chief shepherd shall have his way, but not necessarily the correct decision.

Since the first American instructors arrived in Vietnam until now, the immersion experience has proved to be a poor substitute for logic and common sense. Vietnam: 58,220 dead; Ohio’s share, 3,094. Iraq War: 4,497 dead, 32,021 wounded. Afghanistan? Syria? All victims of the immersion-based decision-making process.

John Heinl, Mantua

 

Bright future for child

It was both fascinating and heartening to read the Jan. 22 “Make the Grade — Kids with Character,” and the write-up about local student Ellen Dejarnett: fascinating because Ellen embodies what defines character and reassuring in that, given all the poorly informed opinions doubting the wherewithal of the current generation of youth, one individual can help educate the doubtful.

I look forward to reading anything and everything Ellen publishes in the bright future that awaits her.

Brett W. Wilkinson, Tallmadge

 

Wall fundraising idea

I was coming out of the JCC the other day and happened to look down, and there was the solution on how to get Mexico to pay for the border wall: commemorative bricks!

My solution is that all the embassies and consulates in Mexico immediately set up kiosks called “Border Security” (aka BS) to start selling commemorative bricks.

For only 750 pesos per line — maximum of four lines — Mexican citizens, especially the rapists, gang members and criminals, could help to leave an everlasting legacy and at the same time help to continue Donald Trump’s policy of BS.

Stephen Dolin, Fairlawn

 

Tell it to the council

Want to express your opinion about the plowing of your Akron street? Express your at the public comment section of the Akron City Council meeting, Monday, 7 p.m., Akron Municipal Building.

Mike Needs, Akron