Supreme Court justices should be Constitutional conservatives

To the Editor:

Kudos to Neil Gorsuch! Much has been written by the left and the right about Neil Gorsuch — from his nomination for an opening on the Supreme Court to his voting on cases brought to the highest court in the land.

So far, he has been conducting himself like all justices should: keeping personal opinions to himself, and speaking for our founders with a literal interpretation of the Constitution by using the definitions of words as they were used at the time of our founding.

Remember, definitions of words have a way of changing over the years, so to understand and make decisions based on the Constitution, you must use the definitions our founders used when creating this precious document.

All justices should be Constitutional conservatives, not political pawns!

David Ellison

Milford

From losers

to winners

To the Editor:

Relative to the recent terrible incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which involved a formerly expelled student, allow me to describe a situation which occurred at Bryant High, a New York City high school involving 150 students, all expelled simultaneously.

They were incorrigible, disruptive, undisciplined, considered the worst of the worst.

One teacher, sincerely believing that these students (each one someone's child) could possibly get involved in more serious situations as a result of their exile, convinced the school principal to grant them one last chance.

Since most of the students had previously found the subject matter to be meaningless and a waste of time, which had been a major reason for their disruptive classroom behavior, the teacher proposed a special curriculum, including selected elective subjects which were both meaningful and hands-on, therefore hopefully retaining the interest of these supposed losers.

The students were placed in a special program, called Retail Work.

Many meaningful courses relative to their current life experience were introduced. As the hands-on approach, including subject-related employment, gave them confidence, the students built lasting, positive relationships with each other, their parents and faculty. These bonds inspired them, encouraging them to remain in the program with the following result.

One hundred percent of the students graduated and 90 percent went on to college.

Showing that extra form of care in the form of meaningful or hands-on attention, whether applied by a guidance counselor, school psychologist, or most important, by an individual teacher, hopefully can contribute to a feeling of worthiness on the part of that student, thus creating a positive rather than vengeful attitude.

This was the formula for success involving the 150 formerly expelled students, many originally ultra-incorrigible, thus resulting in such positive results.

I was the teacher mentioned above.

Marvin Findling

Fairfield

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