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In the Aug. 29 editorial "Setback for vouchers," The News mentioned that the voucher program in Cleveland sent thousands of youngsters to religious schools at taxpayers' expense. Am I missing something? Aren't the parents of these students taxpayers?

If the federal government provides educational funds for children, why should some children be denied their fair share of these funds because their parents choose to send them to schools that the editorial describes as having "earned a solid reputation for academics, imparting values and emphasizing discipline?"

How many of the editorialists have been in a public high school recently and heard the continuous use of four-letter words all day long? Not so in a religious school, where respect and discipline are expected and duly received.

Don't the parents have the primary responsibility for their children's education? Shouldn't they be allowed to use their children's educational funds to send them to the schools they believe will provide the best education? Why should the government make this decision?

After World War II, hundreds of thousands of GIs attended the colleges of their choice -- public, private and religious -- with government funds, and without the ACLU or any other group raising the issue of whether it violated the constitutional separation of church and state.

What is going on in our country today? In this day and age of violence in our schools, people should be championing schools that instill moral values, not challenging them.


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