Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-YOU; Rants & Raves Reader Wants Special-Needs Kids Accepted

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-YOU; Rants & Raves Reader Wants Special-Needs Kids Accepted

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Kudos to the Duval County public school system. As a mother of a special-needs student who is mainstreamed, I wholeheartedly disagree with those who want to keep these children separate. They assume an erosion of educational standards in the classrooms. My child successfully meets the curriculum set forth in the classroom, without detriment to the other students or his teachers. Additionally, my child has surpassed most other children in his class by making the A-B Honor Roll this year. To assume these children cannot cope and learn beside a "standard child" is asinine. Focus on eliminating the guns, drugs, sex and bullying that are rampant in our schools.

A PROM FOR PRUDES

I'd like to comment about the fellow who was not allowed to wear his kilt to the prom. This is considered formal attire. I have worn mine to both military outfits and presidential and royalty presentations. ... Now, you talk about being bush league, that certainly puts Jacksonville where it belongs.

THANKS, JEA

I just saw on the news where the electric rates are going up again. Well, it's about seven months until Christmas. I guess City Hall is getting up enough money to pay all these big bonuses that they pay every year to the JEA and City Hall employees. It is outrageous.

GREEN MEANS GO

The person who insists on waiting when a light turns green just better be right. ... When the light turns green, you go. If there are cars coming, then you are right and that fact should also be seen by the people behind you. If not, you deserve what you get. ...

WAR-WEARY WORDS

Day in and day out, ad nauseam, Americans have to hear and read the words Sunni, Shiite, al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah and Jihad. Regardless of the sacrifices that have been made and the consequences and strategies that lie ahead, we are weary of constantly hearing and reading these words. …

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