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Merilee Dannemann: Protecting our schools

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By Merilee Dannemann

The Sunday talk shows last week focused on two topics: the fiscal cliff and the issues arising from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, including putting security people in the public schools and increasing services for the mentally ill.

You’d think the two subjects existed on two different planets. Nobody mentioned that one topic was about reducing the cost of government and the other was about potentially expensive new programs. 

Wayne La Pierre, of the National Rifle Association, was quoted as saying, “With all the money in the federal budget can’t we afford to put a police officer in every single school?”  

Where’s he been?

How much would armed security officers in every elementary school cost? If we entrust the lives of children to these officers, we have to pay them adequately.

What salary should they get — more than teachers, perhaps? Let’s have a nice calm chat about that, shall we?

New mental health services are being called for – or replacements for mental health services that used to exist (however imperfect the service or unscientific the knowledge base) that were closed partly for budget reasons.


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