Off-site religious education will interrupt school day

Continuous learning necessary

As a retired educator, I am depressed by the ongoing attacks on public education.

We have a shortage of teachers and qualified professionals, and schools lack adequate funding. We want educators to address the many issues that children bring into their classrooms. However, the public wants to determine which books they can read or how they are discussed.

Our school day is already too short and now we will interrupt it to transport children off-site for religion classes. The interruption may seem minor to some readers; For an educator, however, this requires another shift in planning and coordination to the detriment of continuous learning.

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Children are not widgets that you can move from point A to point B without consequences. I took religious education classes as a young child, but it was held at my church on a weekday evening. My parents also took care of my religious upbringing in our home every day.

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Once again, we educators will criticize when our students don’t meet our expectations. But the focus must be on teaching and learning without politics, without interests.

Ann Heffernan, Columbus

Food prices will go up

Without taking sides with the possible Kroger strike (September 20 article, “Kroger Reveals Details of Offer”), there’s one sure fact: if you think food industry inflation is particularly bad right now, just wait until you see them afterwards situation is settled.

Jack E. Willer, Columbus

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Bill would support the farmers

Regarding the 22 September article “OSU, Nationwide unveil ag tech hub amid climate change”: Climate change continues to negatively impact our agribusiness. We need to take different approaches to mitigate this.

Ohio State University is doing just that with its recent announcement of its Innovation Center. They will encourage more research and collaboration between growers and scientists to create a more robust and stronger food supply. Another step farmers are taking is the practice of regenerative agriculture,

More:Ohio State, Nationwide, unveil Technology Innovation Center for Climate Change Adaptation

Switching from traditional manure farming takes a few years to produce bountiful harvests, but is a more sustainable approach. It uses cover crops to protect the soil. The soil absorbs more water during heavy rain, but also withstands dry periods better. Microorganisms in the dirt make this a living soil as they feed on carbon and feed the plants.

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One great result is that this organic approach removes carbon from the atmosphere while improving our food supply per acre.

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Our Congress is also on the verge of financially supporting such agricultural approaches as this one with the Growing Climate Solutions Act. It passed the Senate last year, but it’s still in the House and needs more support.

I urge our House of Representatives to pass this and give our farmers additional support.

Jonathan Light, Laguna Niguel, CA

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