Blue jeans appropriate for teaching

Letters to the Editor

I am a former Clovis resident who still has close ties with the community, I want to comment on the directive from school Superintendent Neil Nuttall prohibiting teachers from wearing blue jeans.
Large professional corporations have long recognized jeans as appropriate business casual attire. Think Steve Jobs (Apple Computer) and Michael Dell (Dell Computers).
It seems to me that common sense should indicate that dress should equal the situation. For example, a lawyer might be required to wear a suit and tie in the courtroom. However, would that lawyer wear a suit and tie to take his/her children to the playground to teach them to jump rope, play dodge ball or baseball, particularly when the wind and dirt are blowing 30 mph?
Would the same lawyer teach his/her children an art skill such as finger painting, paper mache’ or work with clay in a suit and tie?
What about while hanging holiday lights and decorations?
Teachers work hard to make classrooms that stimulate the children and provide a positive learning environment. Teachers frequently climb stepladders to post decorations and material in their classrooms on a bulletin board.
What about sitting on the floor or sitting in a first- or second-grade sized chair in a reading circle? Or climbing on a school bus with 30 or 40 children to take a field trip to the fire station?
The professionalism of Clovis teachers does not lie in whether or not they wear blue jeans occasionally while they teach. It lies in their dedication and skills and the manner in which they relate to their students.
Shouldn’t the school board and Nuttall be concentrating on solving the real issues, such as teacher pay, classroom size and funding?
I think it is easy for the general public to forget what our teachers are actually required to do and under what circumstances. I think it is an embarrassment to Clovis that the issue came up in the first place.
Pat Crawford
Bastrop, Texas

Sloppy dress easy with any fabric
When I attended Clovis High School I had a science teacher who regularly dressed in starched Wranglers, ostrich boots with a belt to match and a crisp white shirt with a blue camel hair sport coat and tie that matched.
I also had a teacher who looked as though he dragged a pair of corduroy pants out of the dog house, wore scuffed up penny loafers and a Hawaiian shirt with a crumpled tie.
Which teacher do you think would pass muster with the current school administration dress code?
I don’t think blue denim is the problem. I think inappropriate or sloppy dress can be achieved with any fabric.
George Krattiger

Misconceptions of Bush need correcting
I had not planned to write again so soon but the letter from my good friend Kirby Rowan in Sunday’s paper makes it necessary to correct many misstatements of fact.
In his second-to-last paragraph, he blames President Bush for Enron and Iraq whereas the Enron debacle was originated during the 1990s during the Clinton regime and the weapons of mass destruction were confirmed by the Clinton regime in 1998.
Earlier in his letter, Rowan infers that President Bush was born to great wealth and a creature of CEOs of big corporations.
First, Bush’s father spent most of his life in public service, which usually is not very financially rewarding.
Rowan obviously does not know the majority of Democrat funds come from CEOs of big corporations whereas the majority of funds for the Republican Party come from donations of $100 or less. This makes the first part of his letter somewhat disingenuous.
Concerning economics 101, I have studied many economic theories during the past 60 years and I am still convinced they have an excellent racket — and no more idea than I do as to what might be coming next, particularly when they never consider technological advances.
Dr. Martin B. Goodwin

Readers should avoid comics they dislike
Can you please give this message to the people that complain about the comics: “If they don’t like them don’t read them.”
I still miss “Andy Capp.” I’m not a drinker but I enjoyed the comic strip.
We watch movies to get away from reality for a couple of hours.
That’s what comics do for a few minutes.
Keep up the comics so that when we need a laugh, smile or grin, we can have our few minutes in the sun!
Anna Baucom