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A look at letters to the editor for the Herald-Pioneer issue of 4-6-22 -- GED problems, gas price issues

Students working toward GEDs are being impacted

To the editor:

My name is Tracy Berkey and I taught public school for 20 years here in Oregon.

This letter is meant for educational purposes and covers an area graduation and earning a diploma in Oregon's education system that has been discussed in the past. And now what is going on with the Oregon Department of Education and our state governor is absolutely ridiculous and unfair to students trying to earn their GED.

The Herald-Pioneer.

Oregon Senate Bill 744 suspends essential skills as part of the requirements to earn a high school diploma.

This means that for the next five years, not one Oregon student will be required to sit for exams in the areas of mathematics, reading or writing to prove their competence to be able to graduate.

This is absolutely wrong in so many ways and on so many levels, for everyone involved.

How do we rate teachers? How do prospective universities and employers really know what they are getting?

To top this off, students trying to earn their GED in Oregon are unfairly and inequitably being held to a much higher standard than public school students.

The Oregon Department of Education and the National GED Department, have not even begun to discuss or do anything about all of this. It's a crazy world that we are living in.

Tracy Berkey, Hubbard

The Herald-Pioneer.

Biden's decisions hurting Americans at the pump

To the editor:

I was reading an article in a recent Pioneer where they talked about the Ukrainian invasion effecting our fuel prices.

Granted, but minuscule. What a shame the newspapers and local TV newscasts seem to dance around the elephant in the room — that elephant being Joe Biden and the Democrats' failed energy policies.

Joe Biden's first act was to cancel the Keystone pipeline and related energy policies and throw thousands out of work and put the United States back on a path of buying oil from countries that despise us and would like to see our demise.

The U.S. gets 60.4 percent of its energy from power plants that burn something and over 80 percent of that comes from materials we recover from the ground. In year 2020, of the eight fuels that our electricity came from, only 10.7% was from wind and solar.

Absolutely, search for alternative power sources, but just turning off the fossil fuel tap and letting Americans suffer smacks of third world practices.

A gallon of diesel and inflation in 2020 1.80/1.4%, today 5.15/7.9. Give credit where credit is due and vote accordingly in the midterms.

William Christner, Molalla

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