Editor's note: The following letter was received in response to the March 7, 2012 editorial, "Time to close Orleans Elementary School?"
To the Editor:
Orleans Elementary School is suffering a decline in numbers because families are finding it harder and harder to survive here. The community is aging, and instead of this author providing information for, and in support of the families that are left, (s)he is determined to eradicate one of our best resources- our Elementary School.
I attended Orleans Elementary, and the school system here is one of the reasons we chose to return to Orleans. To make it work, just like most young families here, there is a lot of sacrifice. We do this willingly, to provide our children with the unique caliber of education and quality of life found here.
The level of inflammatory, biased language used in this article is completely inappropriate to the topic and would better be served hunting witches and communists. It is the very definition of Yellow Journalism, from the false flashy headlines to the doctored images. Of all the topics to treat with such disrespect, Education is not one of them. Especially when it is one of this town's most treasured benefits.
Every parent, local business owner, and really, every taxpayer, should be offended by the content (or lack thereof) in this article. We should all be 'mad as hell' we are wasting our valuable time responding to it.
How about we call all of our teachers, parents and children and thank them for their hard work and contributions to our community instead?