A School's Passing Grade
An apple for the fundraiser: I am proud to know many of the teachers at Edison ["Schoolhouse Rocked," Lauren Smiley, Feature, 6/1]. I have seen them go above and beyond the call of duty, year in and year out. Fiesta Day Familia, College Campus tours, the Folkloric Dance Club, and more are all pet projects of the faculty. They receive no funding or stipend for the extra time they commit to their students and school functions. Compared to public schools that are lucky if they still have PE and art, Edison offers art, dance, music, drama, and many other afterschool programs. The school faces more opposition than most, as noted in the article, but the faculty is able to overcome that with compassion and hard work. It is now the norm at Edison for teachers to brainstorm ideas for after school dances or schoolwide yard sales to fund raise. Ideas blossom quickly at Edison, and it is a great place for kids.
Public funds could have been better spent elsewhere: As a parent, Edison sounds interesting but not realistic or relevant. I would prefer to see the money directed toward mainstream public schools. Many of the public schoolteachers go above and beyond the call of duty every day. They are spending their own money to buy their students pencils and paper. Any public money given to Edison could have been put to better use.
Sins of the Father, Continued
The Church turns a blind eye to the truth: This piece underscores the importance and value of civil lawsuits in bringing forth documentation that would otherwise remain hidden ["Let Him Prey," Peter Jamison, Feature, 5/25]. The extent of documentation of Father Donald McGuire's known and suspected child sexual abuse is stunning, particularly since Jesuit officials would have kept it under wraps if at all possible. It is understandable why victims' groups remain skeptical of pronouncements by church leaders that "there is nothing in our files" or "this is the first complaint ever about this cleric."
Pulling the wool over parishioners' eyes: This is a tragic and devastating story in the neverending chapter of the Catholic Church's complicity in aiding and abetting sexual abuse of children. Maybe this case will finally open the eyes of the vicars of Christ and real changes will be made. They've already spent billions of dollars defending or settling such cases and received the worst possible press, yet their arrogance continues. My guess is they [the clergy] won't stop until every last Catholic stops supporting them on Sunday morning. They managed to pull the wool over the eyes of those who haven't experienced their betrayal firsthand, and like it or not, those sheep have an extended hand in perpetuating the crimes.
West Chester, Pa.
Blog Comment of the Week
In response to post about Tom Jones on American Idol: As a fortysomething lifelong fan of the now Sir Tom Jones, I'm a bit ashamed to admit that as I heard him sing on the American Idol finale, his voice sounded so strong and, well, fabulous, that my initial reaction was to think that he was lip-synching ["Tom Jones Appears on American Idol Finale to Zero Fanfare. We Call BS." Rae Alexandra, All Shook Down, 5/27]. Imagine my delight upon realizing that, OMG! He really is singing live! He didn't lower the notes on his song (and neither did Steven Tyler), as so many aging singers need to do. I can't tell Alexandra how happy it made me feel to hear him sing that song in the same octaves, at 70, that he did when he was in his younger years. I'm happy to hear that Tom has taken good care of that God-given voice of his.
Last week's cover story ["Schoolhouse Rocked," Lauren Smiley, 6/1] stated that nearly 60 percent of San Franciscans are white. In fact, the 2010 Census revealed that whites now comprise 42 percent of the city's population. SF Weekly regrets the error.