Letters to the editor
Editor’s note: The following are letters to the editor received at the Star from students at Gruening Middle School as part of their Project Citizen assignment. While all information contained within these letters can’t be substantiated, we’re running them as a testament to how young minds and voices can make a difference.
Tablets in schools to increase learning
Project Citizen is a project where students learn how to fix community problems by changing public project. This year’s my class’ topic is Anchorage School District budget cuts.
We have come to two solutions in class: One is alternative energy and the other is allowing tablets in schools. I have chosen allowing students to have tablets in school. I believe this will help save a lot of money each year on needed school supplies that teacher provide for students. Not only will it save on that needed stuff, it will also increase the students’ learning skills.
Students will be provided a tablet, but if they break it, they must be responsible for repairing or replacing it. The students do not get to keep the tablet after the school year is over, for the tablets are needed for the next incoming students. The teachers (will) have a setting that can keep the student from getting on inappropriate sites during school.
Table are already being allowed in schools all over the United States.
We ask you to consider this option. Do you think it’s a good option? I would like your feedback, questions or comments.
— Cassey Davis
Solar power saves money
Our project is to help with the Anchorage School District budget cuts by trying to go to alternative energy (solar panels).
Alaska school districts spend $90 million on energy annually, and approximately $12 million could be saved annually if Alaskan schools committed to energy efficiency and conservation. We would like to see what people think of putting some type of solar energy in every remodel or new school built.
Our plan is to get the approval from ASD and receive input from the community about this matter.
— Kamri Forbush
Helmets prevent motorcycle deaths
Did you know that six of 10 accidents resulting in death are motorcyclists? Alaska ranks 40th in the nation for lives saved and economic cost saved due to helmet use. Helmets reduce motorcycle deaths by 70 percent. These are facts we simply cannot ignore. I think the best way to deal with this problem is introduce a universal helmet law in the city of Anchorage.
Our class policy for Project Citizen is that the Municipality of Anchorage should adopt a universal helmet law for all riders of motorcycles within city boundaries.
— David Morton
Helmet laws make good sense
Our class would like to change the helmet laws to include a universal helmet law in the city limits of Anchorage. The current motorcycle helmet laws state that a driver under the age of 18 must wear and helmet, and any passengers must wear a helmet regardless of age. Our class feels that it is important to change the helmet laws in order to save lives, and money.
Alaska ranks 40th in the nation for lives saved and economic costs saved due to helmet use. This is because we only have a partial helmet law. Hospitalization for traumatic brain injury in Alaska is 10 percent higher than the national average. Too many people are getting TBI due to not wearing a helmet.
Having a universal helmet law in the city of Anchorage would also better enforce the traffic laws that we have. If a police officer sees a motorcycle rider without a helmet on, they would have a good reason to pull them over and check for other violations.
It would help our city and potentially the whole state of Alaska to create a different policy concerning a universal helmet law in the city of Anchorage.
— Natalie Keller