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Gun laws

The terrible shooting at an El Paso, Texas, shopping mall is yet another reminder that there are far too many people in this country who are mentally imbalanced and should never own a weapon.

Donald Trump

The right to dissent

President Trump tells people to go back where they came from for being critical of the U.S — this coming from a man who has been very critical of American policies and Americans both before and after coming into office. (The words “American carnage” come to mind.)

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Fight to ban pesticides

In 2014, while my kindergarten students at PS 290 in Manhattan were doing research about tomatoes and other foods in our cafeteria, they learned about pesticides. They did role-plays where farmworkers or gardeners were coughing and rubbing the rashes caused by the (pretend) pesticides sprayed on the tomatoes.

Library reading to students

Welcome to a great profession

Good luck to all the new teachers joining the profession! Remember that the union is only as strong as its members.

Elizabeth Warren

Civil discourse

My recent letter concerning Elizabeth Warren’s advocacy for relieving students of their college debt, whereby I suggested that students be required to perform public service in exchange for such relief, produced some provocative responses.

Bill de Blasio

On the campaign trail

And now, our esteemed mayor, Bill de Blasio, is running for president of the United States! 

Benjamin Franklin

And to the republic

The article “Civics Education” [Learning Curve column, June 6], mistakenly refers to “American democracy.” Of course, the United States was founded as a constitutional republic, not as a democracy. 

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Union proud

I’m one of those who went out on strike and lost two days’ pay for each day on strike. However, I took my entire department out with me, including a nonmember of the union. I have fond memories of that woman and that strike. 

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Don’t turn back the clock

I could not help but consider the ramifications of life without a union when reading the President’s Perspective column. 

Concord HS English teacher Leslie Chow with daughter Calla.

Solidarity

I gave support to the Denver teachers in their strike: I walked the line and attended the rally at the capitol. Our support was appreciated.