I DISAGREE with columnist Elmer Smith's support for passing the proposed education budget.

I might be for it if there was proof that these budget dollars would produce a successful student.

But over the last 50 years, the amount of money thrown at this problem (which has been considerable), has not solved the problem. Why throw good money after bad?

Elmer is using the same old liberal cry of "Don't judge us by the results of what we do but on the supposed good intention of the proposal."

You keep hearing about teachers needing to buy supplies. So why isn't the money for these supplies put aside in the budget, before spending on anything else? And don't just say it's put aside - use it to actually buy the supplies you need.

Now onto the oil spill. I don't understand why it hasn't been fixed yet. After all, didn't Barack Obama tell us he would lower the ocean level?

Why can't he do that in the gulf in order to cap that well?

Tom Bell

Philadelphia