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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Meanings are beyond some spellers’ ken
I am appalled that, for the first time in its history, the National Spelling Bee is including a new measure to this competition by adding a portion on vocabulary meaning. Participants in the contest range in age from 8 to 14.
It is ludicrous that children with spelling talent would now be expected to know the definitions of such words as truttaceous, Wiccan, physiognomy, conquistador, etc., as such examples are out of their realm of understanding — as it is with many educated adults.
Having the ability to spell these exemplary words at such a young age is phenomenal, and adding another dimension to the contest doesn’t seem fair in a so-called spelling bee.
I would hope that the powers that be would reconsider this year’s decision making the competition less arduous for these young students in the future.
Scouting cartoon should embarrass
Having been a reader of The Roanoke Times for nearly 38 years, I should probably not have been shocked by the cartoon in the June 2 edition. But I was.
Two different views were presented about the recent decision made by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which was fine.
But the cartoon mocking the Boy Scout motto was quite tasteless, and to place it in the center of the explanation presented (“Scouting for solidarity”) by John C. Johnson, president of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council, reached a new level of nastiness.
Seems like there should be some embarrassment about this in-your-face journalism.
The temptation to cancel grows.
Giving convicts the vote is wrong
Just a few words about Gov. Bob McDonnell wanting to give convicted criminals the right to vote: This is not right.
If the governor has any hope of being a presidential candidate, his liberal view about criminals should end it, forever I hope.
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