State of City: Challenge issued on dr...

State of City: Challenge issued on dropouts, mayor lauds development

There are 7 comments on the El Paso Times story from May 18, 2011, titled State of City: Challenge issued on dropouts, mayor lauds development. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

El Paso has made great strides in developing Downtown, the city's transportation system and the regional economy, Mayor John Cook said Wednesday in his State of the City address.

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El Paso, TX

#1 May 19, 2011
Mr. Mayor I would say that we allow for all those high school drop outs to fail. They have made a decision in their lives that should have consequences. I today’s liberal thinking those poor drop outs are not at fault and should be helped throughout as they do nothing to better themselves. The bigger issue is that those individuals who do the right thing and are being producers are forced to pick up the financial burned for those unmotivated, lazy individuals. These losers are going to drag EVERYONE down with them if we continue to bail them out. No assistance of any kind if they don’t have a high school diploma or GED, period! I would further say that they either learn how to swim or they will sink! What a concept!
james russell ret

El Paso, TX

#2 May 19, 2011
THE best thing for the City to do as a whole is vote the scoundrels out of office, get rid of the city manager and her minions and let the schools deal with the drop out problems. The constables and the judges can deal with the kids missing school and the no-account parents who fail to make sure the students actually go to school. IF they student wishes to drop out then offer them the chance to take the GED. Otherwise put them through job training and leave the city out of that problem.

Since: May 11

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#3 May 19, 2011
Education requires only two key ingredients: Competent Teachers and willing students
Cook Is Cookoo

Laredo, TX

#4 May 19, 2011
Why is Mayor Cook taking credit for

what the city manager has done with Bus Transportation,

Why is Mayor Cook taking Credit for what the U.S.

Government has done with the building of the highway

On Fort Bliss,

Why is the Mayor taking credit for what

Private Investors and private businesses have

Done for Downtown.

Mayor Cook needs to put his Own money

Where his mouth is and not just be a cheerleader,

And trying to steal the limelight.

Mayor Cook is the same man who Abandoned the people

Of elpaso when elpso lost Electricity and and Water for

3 Days in a row.

He refused to come back and help with the emergency

Efforts to restore power and water and to take charge

And be the leader of this city to coordinate the

Emergency crews of the city.

Instead Cook decided to stay in San Antonio on

Vacation with his Wife.

What a cold and selfish and mayorless thing to do to us.

Cant wait to Vote this arrogant liar Out.
Cook Full of BS

Laredo, TX

#5 May 19, 2011
Cook has done nothing to save us hard working

Elpasoans money or to lower our taxes.

Mayor Cook has passed a law to give the city's

Animal Shelter a Quarter of a Million Dollars

Yes,$250,000 Dollars to educate us on not

Allowing our pets to get out and not abandoning

Our pets, and to put law abiding pet stores

Out of Businses, Causing families to lose a

Paycheck, all because of animal activists

Who lie and extort money from the city.

Dont be fooled by Cook's Fake smile,

And the smirk on his face.

He is nothing but a guitar playing Clown.

Get rid of him

El Paso, TX

#6 May 19, 2011
I know of many students who never got to celebrate their Senior ceremony because of the test failure and just never came back to test. In collage they let you participate in the graduation ceremony even if you still have two more classes to take before you can get your degree. I blame the High Schools for this drop out problem.

El Paso, TX

#7 May 19, 2011
Tim_Collins wrote:
Education requires only two key ingredients: Competent Teachers and willing students
Tim, I just read a really interesting article written by a professor at Harvard University's School of Education. He crunched millions of pieces of data to find out what components led a student to be successful at school. He concluded the following three things were key: the strength of the individual faith of the student, whether the student attended a faith-based school, and the moral values of the parents. This professor is now talking to state legislatures to get them to allow the Bible as literature to be taught in public schools. The Bible as literature can already be legally taught in Texas. If I were a teacher, I'd start incorporating it daily as part of the class curriculum. Parents, success at school apparently has nothing to do with money, but with a child's belief in God and parents' moral values.

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