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Unreasoned Arguments

Dear Source:

I am amused at the arguments presented to your paper by Carol Lotz-Felix and Paul Devine as rebuttals to my piece on Dr. Spampinato. Both positions are so unreasoned and true to form that they are tired and simplistic. This is 2007 not 1907. Since Carol Lutz-Felix sees the culture here as comparable to filth, why does she remain and wallow in it? Maybe she should move to a place like Jena, Louisiana, where they continue to think nooses in trees is funny, and get pleasure from tossing black boys in jail for life. If Mrs. Lutz-Felix wants to continue talking about filth we can go further back in history, or look at the debacle in Iraq. Such things this society must be committed to change – not to cuddle, placate or foster.
Until Mr. Devine can produce the job performance record for Dr. Spampinato he is blowing in the wind. He does not have to work with her. Neither does he have children in the public schools. Despite Devine's games with words the truth stands. Dr. Spampinato does have a ragged job performance record, which speaks loudly to those who dare to listen. All who want to cocoon themselves with myopism can do that too!
Apparently, there are those who think public education in the U. S. Virgin Islands is the worse anywhere, and it cannot survive without Dr. Spampinato. Such persons ought to read the book: Tough Choices or Tough Times. It is the report of the new commission on the skills of the American workforce, published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. It's a shocking look at education in the U. S., but it is worth the read.
Whitman T. Browne
St. Thomas

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Dear Source:

I am amused at the arguments presented to your paper by Carol Lotz-Felix and Paul Devine as rebuttals to my piece on Dr. Spampinato. Both positions are so unreasoned and true to form that they are tired and simplistic. This is 2007 not 1907. Since Carol Lutz-Felix sees the culture here as comparable to filth, why does she remain and wallow in it? Maybe she should move to a place like Jena, Louisiana, where they continue to think nooses in trees is funny, and get pleasure from tossing black boys in jail for life. If Mrs. Lutz-Felix wants to continue talking about filth we can go further back in history, or look at the debacle in Iraq. Such things this society must be committed to change - not to cuddle, placate or foster.
Until Mr. Devine can produce the job performance record for Dr. Spampinato he is blowing in the wind. He does not have to work with her. Neither does he have children in the public schools. Despite Devine's games with words the truth stands. Dr. Spampinato does have a ragged job performance record, which speaks loudly to those who dare to listen. All who want to cocoon themselves with myopism can do that too!
Apparently, there are those who think public education in the U. S. Virgin Islands is the worse anywhere, and it cannot survive without Dr. Spampinato. Such persons ought to read the book: Tough Choices or Tough Times. It is the report of the new commission on the skills of the American workforce, published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. It's a shocking look at education in the U. S., but it is worth the read.
Whitman T. Browne
St. Thomas

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to source@viaccess.net.