Put aside destructive divisions
Most parents tend to trust the curriculum in their local schools. In addition to teaching key basics like math, reading, and science, teachers work with human interaction to teach lessons about life and togetherness. Sometimes teachers go so far as to point out aspects of good character and kindness.
Most of us were unaware of the underlying theme that permeates many school subjects, which is Critical Race Theory. It is the concept that we are all permanently defined (or shaped) by our skin color, not our character. Children aged 7 or 8 who should learn positive lessons about appreciating each person’s strengths are fed words like “injustice” and “prejudice” and shown pictures of hateful acts from the annals of history that a very narrow view of whites versus blacks. By using photos of civil unrest captured in the past, children are pushed to believe that all whites are mean and indifferent to other racial groups.
Dr. Martin Luther King took a positive approach to improving racial relations during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. His “I Have A Dream” speech emphasized the need for equality and brotherhood among Americans. It spurred the peaceful demonstrations that helped move the nation to recognize the injustice of separation and the need for better education and inclusion for all.
We have to help America rise on all levels. We need to put aside destructive divisions and look for human similarities – this is how we are all the same:
• Talk about people by highlighting their positive character traits.
• Share examples of all kinds of people with our youth – enjoy parks, sporting events, church services, etc.
• Overhauling underperforming schools so that children have a chance to be happy and productive. Let’s get back to making public schools the best in the world!
People have more of the same worries, needs, joys, sorrows, and challenges than we have differences. Let’s emphasize what we share – and work together to make our country strong.
Young children shouldn’t be pawns in the struggle for social justice; we need to inspire them to understand the kindness and integrity that is possible in every human being.
I wish everyone peace and harmony.
Cherry Hills Village
House price inflation
The valuation of the house I have lived in since 1975 reflects the rapid inflation in the Denver housing market, fueled by speculators and so-called investors and corporations who can take advantage of the cheap money that is still going into the Federal Reserve from the Federal Reserve Economy is pumped.
The Denver City and County Valuation Department is promoting this runaway inflation by joining in with it. Undoubtedly, city officials are well aware that this will lead to a significant increase in property tax revenues for the city. So you’re ignoring the devastating long-term damage inflation is causing the city of Denver to property prices.
Families with children, especially those on a single income, are being pushed out of Denver because it takes two incomes to get a mortgage on one of those grossly overpriced homes. This is leading to a steady decline in school enrollment in our public schools and the disappearance of children from our parks and playgrounds. What future can a city without children have?
Even singles cannot afford the ridiculous rents the market is asking for. The working people are being replaced by money-heeled idlers drawn to Denver for its legal marijuana and luxurious lifestyles.
A major reason for the tent residents in Downtown Denver is the systematic destruction of old buildings over the past 50 years. These buildings offered affordable housing for low-wage earners that did not require government funding.
The merciless demolition of these buildings and their replacement with new buildings that only the wealthy can afford was encouraged by the short-sighted city government.
In Jane Jacobs’ book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, she shows how old buildings provide affordable space for people and personal businesses like second-hand bookstores and other quaint but not very profitable businesses that disappear from the city when they do is controlled by the real estate speculators and their allies in the city government.
The policy of the valuation department was instrumental in the downfall of the city. Your children will not be able to afford life here either.