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Letter: Takes Issue With Language Used in School Calendar

Port Washington educators running the local Port Washington schools need a lesson in logic.

In a country with Christians accounting for 83.3 percent of the U.S. population (Time Magazine ‘09 Almanac), our local wizards running the schools think it is proper to identify the Dec. 24 - Jan. 1 Christmas Holiday period as “recess” in their school calendar for 2009-2010.

They also identified the Yom Kippur Jewish holiday Sept. 28 as “recess.”

The school calendar also identified three other periods as “recess,” while clearly identifying some holidays by their proper name, e.g. Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Day.

One can be sure that Martin Luther King would be among the first to express astonishment that Port Washington schools do not possess the courage to call Christmas what it is and that is “Christmas.” What does recess have to do with it?

At least the Port Washington educators have the sense to continue to call for bigger budgets and request more U.S. money with the statement “In God We Trust.” They’ll take all the “In God We Trust” U.S. money you can throw their way, but expect Christmas to overrule “recess” in their warped logic and you lose your case.

 Alan Hirsch