LETTERS: Stand up to HOPE

First let us just look at the word and meaning of scholarship, and then put it with our state use as in "HOPE scholarship."

Then look at the awful track record of the number of new students each year wasting millions of dollars on remedial courses as they start college. This is an absolute indicator of grade inflation by our school systems and they are pushing off their lack of success to the financial back of the HOPE program.

We taxpayers say no to further aid to those students and parents who abused their time and our tax dollars before their child was so-called promoted to college.

This incredible gift to this group is disgusting when you look back at the tremendous sacrifices made by those before HOPE to get their higher education.

Once again the attitude of the "give them what they need" group has corrupted a tradition deep in our nation's history.

The answer simply lies in requiring those that need remedial courses to pay for them without any taxpayer or HOPE funds in any manner.

Next put it on billboards all over our state because the ones who need to know do not read papers or watch the news.

Try my idea for just two years and watch the parents begin demanding better results from their local schools systems once they find out they have to actually pay for something and not take the money from others. Maybe we can even track those school systems and individual schools who are the non-performers. No, the teacher unions do not want you to have any real information that can put pressure on them. Without hard data so easy to collect they can keep selling their old lies and new schemes to fool you on and on.

I for one know where the problem resides and will not accept the teachers unions lies any longer. And just maybe those qualified teachers may just rise up and regain their respectful positions once again in our society, rather than standing by while their union bosses plunder the taxpayers treasury in the "name of the children."

-- Don Meyer