To The Daily Sun,
In response to his July 21st letter, Professor Pollak should consider entering a long jump event, as he seems to make leaps well beyond what I have written. Contrary to his implication, I have not told "teachers" what to write, but I have told them it is naive for them to think that their students do not read what they write or, if they do, that they are not influenced by their teacher's words. It's called human nature . . . wanting to be looked on favorably by the one who is going to grade their papers.
Another leap by Professor Pollak, was his claim that I'm "threatening" because I prefer merit over tenure? I would like to ask why not celebrate merit? I would think that "academic freedom," if it is based on truth, can exist outside of a "fire-proof" tenure arrangement?
Just take a look at the math, reading, and science scores for our country. We spend more per pupil than just about every country in the world and only deliver mediocre results. Why should the people accept that a politician finds nothing wrong with sending his or her children to a private (non tenured) school, but denies vouchers to bright, under-privileged children who would like to go to a private school? Could it be sop to the unions that drive those decisions?
The professor also claimed that I said that the Dearborn City Council wasn't about anyone breaching the church/state barrier. My answer to him was that it wasn't about breaking the church/state barrier, the column was about the failure of immigrant populations to assimilate themselves into our country.
As a note to Mr. Pollak, you might take a few minutes and take note of how our federal government offered the Little Sisters of the Poor for the Aged an "out" on the anti-religious abortion provisions of the PPACA . . . but that "out" essentially requires the Sisters to violate the tenets of their faith. This wonderful group of nuns, who bring care and comfort to the poor, may be forced to cease doing so if they choose not to violate the tenets of their faith. If they continue to provide their charitable service and not violate the tenets of their faith, they may be subject to millions of dollars in fines. So who is working to break the church/state barrier?
Finally, I guess my acknowledging my error and thanking him for pointing it out isn't good enough for the professor, so I'll let him continue to rejoice. Older man that I am, I have the benefit of life's experience. For example, I remember as a teenager working on a farm and the owner of the farm (in more colorful language) telling me about how some people like to spend their time picking fly poop out of pepper. Have at it, professor.