Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

April 26, 2011

Propaganda by Rusk ISD

JACKSONVILLE — The power of propaganda depends on technique, message, means of communication and the receptivity of an audience.   Propaganda uses half-truths and false information, omits information selectively, simplifies complex issues, plays on emotions, targets specific audiences and attacks opponents to accomplish a desired purpose.

It is very disturbing when one considers the actions of the Rusk ISD regarding their blatant use of propaganda at every turn.  Each communication from Rusk ISD about the aftermath of the February Ag trip to San Antonio includes various elements of propaganda.  The school officials have consistently misrepresented the facts of this story.  

RISD claims that parents had many choices available other than the judicial system.  This is simply not true.  Parents did use the ISD appeals process to no avail.  Dr. Largent upheld the principal’s decision to punish students academically.  Parents were forced to seek justice for their children through the judicial system because the school is so outrageously dictatorial with its relentless abuse of authority.

The information given to students and parents about the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program was that all 17 students would, without exception, serve 2 six weeks periods in DAEP.  Now after much attention, through the judicial system and the media, the students have been reassigned to their regular classes after only one six weeks term.  The school now claims to have considered the “mitigating factors”, which should have been considered in February.  

As far as cost to the taxpayer, I wonder who the school officials think we are, if not taxpayers.  I also wonder what price they would put on their child’s education.  The expense to the taxpayers could certainly have been avoided if the school officials were following the law when handling our children.  

The school should also be focused on the competency of its employees.  Prevention is always better than a cure.  We all know how much the students have paid for their indiscretions in San Antonio but I have not heard a word yet about accountability for either of the several guilty school employees.

 

Archie Nickle,

Rusk

1
Text Only
Letters to the Editor
  • Commending ag exemption views

    I have read the recent JDP letters regarding the Ag/Timber Exemptions with great interest and concern. This issue concerns a plan by our county Appraisal District to reevaluate our actual timber or agricultural usage of a property to increase revenue.

    April 19, 2014

  • H.O.P.E event offers chance to help locals in need

    A social worker once said to me “it is not easy to be poor in a small town.” Her reasoning varied but attributed it to a lack of public transportation, accessible healthcare, and employment opportunities. Other reasons were unavailable social service resources, employment training and higher education opportunities.

    April 10, 2014

  • April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Child Protective Services investigated more than 160,000 allegations of child abuse or neglect in Texas last year.

    April 9, 2014

  • Ag, timer exemptions a ‘money grab’

    I recently wrote a letter that was critical of the Appraisal District for forcing landowners to jump through hoops and spend money to maintain timber and ag exemptions on rural property.

    April 8, 2014

  • Local veteran: ‘Is that what we fought for?’

    The other night I was sitting at the house feeling alone and feeling down in the dumps. Wishing I was back in Vietnam, wishing I was anywhere but here in Cherokee County

    April 5, 2014

  • A few more words on ag exemptions

    People who claim an ag exemption and really do not tend to it are not benefitting the economy; all they are doing is forcing the rest of us to pay higher taxes to make up for their dishonesty.

    April 4, 2014

  • Crying foul

    What an amazing bit of gerrymandering in the opening lines of an article posted by Fox News this morning. The article: “Critics cry foul as feds place lesser prairie chicken on threatened species list” began with the first line with: “The Obama administration on Thursday announced plans to place the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species...” and was quickly followed with: The Fish and Wildlife Service's decision, set to take effect around May 1 ... ”

    April 3, 2014

  • Appraisal District ‘doing its job’

    The letter to the Editor criticizing the steps being taken by the Appraisal District to verify whether or not owners of 11 acres or less are making legitimate use of their ag exemption exudes naïvete, disingenuousness, ignorance and a failure to understand economics.

    April 2, 2014

  • Clearing up decision to audit property

    It’s rarely advised to engage in a ‘letter to the editor’ debate.  However, in view of our current activities and the recently posted letter to the editor in a local newspaper regarding such, I am writing this response to set the record straight.

    March 29, 2014

  • A plea for politicians to pick up signs

    Just wondering who should pick up the political signs after the elections are over?

    March 28, 2014