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Burnet Bulletin Wednesday, August 10, 2005 The San Bernadino, Calif. high school district is now discussing the implementation of Ebonics - the street lan- guage of young African Americans - to be taught as if it were a foreign lan- guage. This is sheer idiocy, and anybody who would even consider such an outra- geous idea has certainly never been to Africa. This Ebonics nonsense will do nothing but hold back black youngsters, keeping : them behind such immi- grants as the Vietnamese, , who are struggling to make their way in a nation whose language they know they must learn to get ahead. the chil- dren don't go to the govern- ment schools they are obliged to go to pri- v a t e schools, and their tuition must be paid by Michael Reagan their parents. As a result of this, Kenyans have lift- ed their literacy rate to almost 79 percent because they understand that edu- cation is the most impor- tant means to lift them and their land out of well. poverty and into a pros- When I visited a Masai pedophiles out there would kidnap and rape them. School children in Kenya are safer than our kids here in the United States because they don't put up with pedophiles over there. The children are more polite, they understand the importance of educa- tion and the importance of learning the English lang- uage for business purpos: es in the future. Moreover, every child is multilingual. They speak Swahili, their native lan- guage, they speak their tribal language, and they speak English and some- times a foreign tongue as When I read this perous future, village in a remote area I Ebonics story I recalled The two things that learned that these pas- driving around in Nairobi, most amazed me during toral people who raise Kenya, just a week or so my African safari were cows have a keen under- ago. first, seeing the many standing of the impor- I saw a billboard adver- children walking to school tance of education, so tisement for Sony that in the uniforms all stu- much so that in their tiny read "Da Man and da dents must wear, and thatvillages where the build- Music." I asked a young all the way up through ings are all made from cow Kenyan what he thought high school they would dung they are happy of that condescending ad and he said, "Oh, we speak the King's English here. We never speak that way." As I traveled around Kenya I learned that in Kenya English is the offi- cial language, and certain- ly not Ebonics - a gutter language Kenyans never heard of. Education is mandatory for all children and is paid for by the government. If have to walk two or three miles to get to their class- rooms carrying back packs and books, all with big smiles on their faces. Second, if you stop to give them a little gift such as a pen, they come up to you and smile and say "thank you." That would not happen in this country. To begin with you'd be afraid to let them walk to school for fear that all those about it because Jesse Jackson isn't there to tell them they shouldn't live in houses made of cow dung - they all have one- room schoolhouses. They have built them just outside their villages and the kids go to school every day. I visited one of these schools where the students were between four and eight, and was amazed to see that just as in my school days they had the ABCs posted on the wall along with a 1-to- 100 chart. Every one of those children could count to 100, they knew the English alphabet, and they were learning English and arithmetic. I could not help but think that there is not a single public school in America where children that age would know the English alphabet or count to 100. Why would San ca~lecartoons.com ~1 Bernardino consider doing such a great disservice to the black community? It is sure to hurt their black students by not teaching them how to speak the proper English they need to get by. It's interesting that if real Africans get it, why can't African Americans get it? I think the answer is that the American educrat establishment doesn't want them to. Mike Reagan, the eldest son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America Network. Look for Mike's new book "Twice Adopted". Order auto- graphed books at www.reagan.com. Email Comments to mereagan@hotmail.com. e e nominees Whenever I have visited rule of law, so the state can- racy to succeed, it must har,courts,with.a great deal of The importance of the expec d, emerging .democracy, I not easily confiscate private nes the C vo, om eeptsq i id li- powe vh ome' peeple courts explains why we must ceml l rthor ave no me conms ency on proimr y, ims was extremely vidual rights and majovit beli B has been abused, take the rel l'acement of re pe 'for ' .:rule of two points: first, everybody easily understands the need for democratic voting and free speech; second, they have a much harder time understanding the rule of law, which is just as essen- tial for a democracy to func- tion. I once met with members of the Russian Duma and emphasized how eager Americans were for Russia's fledgling democracy to suc- ceed. One member replied, "No you don't. Americans are not investing here." I replied that for American companies to invest, there has to be an independent judiciary and respect for the difficult for the Russian parlia- mentari- ans to under- stand. W e have grown up Senator in the United Kay Bailey States in Hutchison a society of laws, not of men. We take that concept for granted. In most emerging democracies, the rule of law is an alien idea, almost incomprehensi- ble. But if you want democ- rule - and it can do this only through respect for the rule of law. The rule of law involves four basic requirements: Equality under the law; a respect for individual rights; an independent and honest judiciary; and transparent court proceedings. This concept was built into our Constitution which established the judiciary as a co-equal branch with the leg- islative and the executive. Because of this, the Supreme Court can strike down laws through "judicial review" if it decides the law violates our supreme law, the Constitution. Judicial review provides Some believe the courts have taken judicial review so far that some judges are legis- lating from the bench rather than interpreting and imple- menting the laws passed by elected representatives. If the public begins to view the courts simply as a different avenue for partisan political contests, instead of a fair arbitrator of legal questions, their faith in the impartial rule of law will erode. This would be an unhealthy development. Many times in our history, court rulings have been unpopular, but the general respect accorded to the law allowed the public to accept its decisions. retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor very seriously. The Senate has a responsibility to examine the president's nominees closely to deter- mine whether they are qual- iiied by experience, knowl- edge and temperament to sit on the high court. The Constitution says Congress should ascertain whether the nominee is qualified and fair, not fight to make sure he or she has a certain set of approved views on a laundry list of hot-but- ten political issues. If this process is perceived by peo- ple as a partisan contest, it will only serve to diminish the respect the people have for the justice the court is which buttresses our govern- ment and legal system. This concept is so impor- tant to the stable functioning of representative govern- ment that I joined with the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law to establish a Rule of Law program to bring jurists and officials from developing countries to the United States. The hope of all who participate in this program is that our foreign guests will build their understanding of the rule of law, and help this vital principle take root in their countries and foster the growth of strong and stable democracies around the world. e Staff Reporter Sports Reporters Contributing Writers Advertising Composition Editor General Manager Mark Atwood Wayne and Monica Craig Marcie Masterson, Dee Cowan Lonnie Brown Cindy Hepner, Tim Malant, Barbara McBride Chris Crews StanWoody USPS 080-000 Combined with the Marble Falls Messenger and Bertram Enterprise. BURNET BUIJ TIN is published weekly by Highland Lakes Newspapers, Inc 1001 Buchanan Drive, Suite 2, Burnet, Texas 78611. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Burnet Bulletin, P.O. Box 160, Burnet, Texas 78611. The Burnet Bulletin is pub- lished weekly in Burnet, Texas at 1001 Buchanan Drive, Suite 2. Periodical postage paid at the Post Office in Burnet. 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We now have a program that will pay up to $600 for repairs to your car if you can't pay for them yourself. We also now have a pro- gram that will buy you a replacement vehicle in the event yours isn't worth fix- ing. How many of these do you think will have to be replaced? Is this a car dealers dream or what? My heart leaps at the thought of this fine gesture. Now, can you imagine what we're going to see around the state? How many vehicles that don't need repairs are going to get repaired now that the great state of Texas has agreed to pay to fix them so they meet inspections? Kind of like going to the doc- tor or hospital and saying your insurance is only good for 28 days or $100,000. What do you think your bill is going to be and what is the maximum number of days you'll be in the hospi- tal? If you guessed $100,000 and 28 days, you're good. I walk into a drug store over the weekend and find that most of the over the counter sinus medicines are now under lock and key since the bad guys started them to convert the ingredients into something called crystal methamphetamine. Seems this is the new drug of the day. The news- papers this past week are all about this current epi- demic and how we need to build more rehab units to handle these poor hopeless addicts. Our hospitals, rehab cen- ters and prisons are over- crowded now with our citi- zens who have given up on being a positive contribution to our society and are now relaxing in the luxury of the generosity of the taxpayers. The social programs we have instituted to provide for those who could care less about themselves much less the rest of us who are foot- ing the bill are threatening to bankrupt us. Talk to a teacher in this state or any other state and they'll tell you they are struggling to keep up and make it on what they are paid. Here we have the basic foundation of our society who are being paid less than it costs to house and feed one person a year in our prisons. We could send all of our prisoners to Harvard for a higher education on what it costs to lock them up. The reality is that we have a 50% or higher illiter- acy rate among the prison- ers who are released aider they serve their terms. If they couldn't read when they went into prison, how do we expect them to com- pete in a global economy when they get released? It's a tragedy in my mind to lock someone up for 25 or 30 years and release them without teaching them to read and write. If the schools failed them the first time, why not make them learn before they can be released? It seems to me that our society is built upside down. Instead of reward- ing good behavior and helping those who are helping themselves, we are going out of our way to provide an environment for those who are self- destructive and not trying to be a productive part of our society. I arrive at work this morning and find a notice from my elec- tric company explaining how many millions they give out to those who can't pay their utility bills. I bet if I asked for any of this largesse I'd be turned down flat. It's ok if you don't work and want to do drugs, we'll takecare of you. It's ok if you want to abandon your children, we'll get someone to take care of them. It's even ok if you don't want to pay for your air-conditioning, we'll pay for it. Don't worry about try- ing to get a job or an edu- cation; you can just exist on what we hand out to you a little at a time. We'll pay your rent and now we'll pay to get your car inspected, repaired and a newer one if you need one. Meanwhile the rest of us are out here slugging away at it each day, pay- ing taxes, fighting regula- tions, rising oil prices, global trade, impossible medical insurance, corpo- rate fraud while trying to keep our heads above water. Sometimes I think the guy in prison has a better deal. It makes you wonder, doesn't it? Comments go to pperry@austin.rr.com