Misinformation about the abortion ban can cloud the truth
The killer parents got off too easily
In March, 2-month-old Brooklyn Fish died of a methamphetamine overdose.
The Alliance parents of this precious little angel have been convicted of manslaughter for causing his death by overdose.
This same couple lost a baby when their one-month-old daughter died in 2017. No charges have been laid in the death.
After:Alliance parents found guilty of causing fatal overdose of 2-month-old child in 2019
Sentenced for having killed Brooklyn, these parents will spend nine years in prison. They will be 38 and 37 when released.
If they are granted parole, they will be able to celebrate their birthday in complete freedom at an even earlier age. Either way, they will still be young enough to have more babies.
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Camille Humphrey, Groveport
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Teachers live in ‘fear of every statement’
I am writing to express my dismay at Ohio’s latest attempt (House Bill 616) to force teachers to live in fear that every statement and lesson plan will be misinterpreted as “division” or “teaching of the sexuality”.
This bill is promoted by irrational claims that any discussion of sexual orientation “prepares” children for the benefit of pedophiles.
The only grooming that takes place here is the grooming of voters who are courted with outrageous lies. As this bill is drafted, even trying to teach young children not to use homophobic slurs to bully each other could be banned as “sex education.”
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The other part of this law is the banning of “divisive” topics by those who fear learning about the past will make white people feel bad. We should feel bad.
Anyone who could learn about the horrors of slavery, the KKK, lynchings, Jim Crow, Native American children taken from their families, the Holocaust, and more and not feel bad has a heart of stone.
Opinion:Ohio lawmakers terrified of knowledgeable white kids
No one blames students for the past, but if we are to move toward a future of true democracy and equal opportunity for all Americans, our history must be confronted.
Meanwhile, schools continue to operate with insufficient funding, teacher burnout and the constant fear of school shootings. I encourage others to join me in calling on our elected officials to support our educators and work on real issues, not fabricated issues.
Ellie Nowels, Christopher Columbus
Let’s show teachers real appreciation
Another bill, another attack on our schools and our children. As teacher shortages worsen and professionals leave in droves, politicians are once again making it harder for teachers to work.
Not only are they attacking our curriculum, our integrity and our training, but now they are directly attacking our students.
You cannot discuss the mental health crisis, drug epidemic and alcohol issues among our high school students and in society while attacking the identity and concerns of our students.
Union President:Attacks on teachers turn schools into battlegrounds as real crises continue
When politicians bully our students or family members invalidate how children feel, we as educators are now tasked with not only teaching state standards, but also serving as a person who will support unconditionally a child. An adult who will validate how they feel, who they are as a human being and encourage them to be their best selves.
It’s all connected, the attacks on teaching the truth, the discouragement of civil discourse and critical thinking on divisive issues, the deprivation of support for LGBTQ children and, in some states, the attack on learning social and emotional.
Our point of view:Let the teachers of Ohio teach the truth. Educators, child victims of the raging culture war
As Teacher Appreciation Week approaches, we as teachers can only hope that students understand how much we appreciate them and love learning from them every day.
Teachers are inspired by students’ willingness to be vulnerable and think critically in our classrooms.
After:Columbus City Schools, school librarians denounce HB 616
We are honored when students trust us and come to us at their highest and lowest times knowing that we are adults who will support them unconditionally.
I’m sharing this to remind teachers why we got into this business: for the kids. Thanks to every teacher.
Thank your teachers. We will always defend, support and be here for you. You will always be one of our “children”.
Anna Schottenstein, Christopher Columbus
Misleading “sensational” title
Exactly the Dispatch (April 26) headline: “Roe is dead” — except that abortion is still legal in Ohio. Today, nine abortion clinics in Ohio are open and serving patients across the state. They will also be open tomorrow.
Every day, someone in Ohio wakes up and finds out they’re pregnant when they don’t want it. Every day someone in Ohio decides to end a pregnancy, and each of them makes that decision because only they know what’s best for them.
Opinion:If abortion is banned in Ohio, applicants would have to travel 157 to 269 miles
Research has shown, however, that while some people want to get an abortion from a provider in their community, misinformation gets in the way.
Headlines about banning abortion — even bills that never make it into law — lead some people to mistakenly believe that abortion is not an option available to them.
Misinformation has the most severe impact on those who already face barriers to care, including young people, those struggling to make ends meet, women of color, trans people, and non-binary people.
The U.S. Supreme Court could issue a ruling in the coming weeks to overturn or eviscerate Roe v. Wade. In the ensuing confusion in the days, weeks and months to come, Ohioans will need to be able to turn to the media for accurate information about the availability of legal access to abortion. in their communities.
After:Overthrowing Roe v Wade would take away equal protection for women
This journal should strive to bring accurate information to your readers, not sensational headlines that make people think they have no choice.
If you or someone you love needs an abortion, find a clinic at ProChoiceOhio.org/clinics. Anyone who needs an abortion should be able to access affordable quality care in their community without judgement, stigma or delay.
Kellie Copeland, Executive Director, Pro-Choice Ohio