The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 7, 2012

Help the schools



Years ago when the Illinois lottery was started, it was for senior citizens and schools. Lawmakers dropped senior citizens and was just for schools.

Question: Why are our schools in such bad shape? If the lottery is still for schools, where is the money? I understand it was just a certain percentage.

On discipline, I still go with the old saying, “spare the rod, spoil the child.” When I was growing up, if I got spanked in school, I got spanked at home, also.

I know that discipline begins at home, but when kids know the abuse hotline, they say they will call. The wife and I raised seven children, four boys and three girls. I think they all turned out OK, and they got their share of spankings.

So I think our lawmakers should rewrite the abuse law and give parents and teachers back some authority.

Raymond H. Cornell