LETTER: A reader speaks to choice in children’s education

A Ponoka News reader responds to a letter related to one eduction system

Dear Editor,

While I can sympathize with Mr. Weisswasser not wanting his taxes to go towards Catholic education (I don’t like to think that my tax dollars are supporting a public, secular education), his essay is misleading.

Tax dollars are assigned to students, not to boards. Having one school board will not save money because we will have exactly the same number of children to educate.

Citing the Declaration of Rights and Freedom is unhelpful towards his overall argument. This document simply states the people have religious freedom, it does not specifically state who pays for it. Seeing as the document is written to all Canadians, it seems best to infer that whatever costs are incurred for religious freedom, is borne by all citizens.

The funding of Catholic Schools, and other private schools, is the most appropriate allocation of tax revenue. We live in a pluralistic society: one size simply does not fit all.

Mr. Weisswasser has every right to support a public, secular education and I have a right to send my money elsewhere. A monolithic education system has never been, is not, and never will be best for students and society.

Sincerely,

Tim Nelson

Just Posted

Four-car crash, including RCMP vehicle, on Highway 2

Two sheriff’s vehicles were also involved in the collision that closed down one lane

Emergency crews attend two vehicle collision west of Ponoka

There were minor injuries from the incident, however, a dog died as a result.

Speed zone changes hoped for at three entrances to Ponoka

Council makes several requests of Alberta Transportation regarding highway speeds

Ponoka offering up leftover fire inventory to Ponoka County

Trucks already sold by town, remaining equipment to be sold or donated

Ponoka mayor denies allegations of conflict

A Ponoka resident maintains Mayor Rick Bonnett has taken work on the new town hall

WATCH: Lightning over Ponoka

A Ponoka News reader sent us this short video of the lightning early Wednesday morning over Ponoka

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

WATCH: Joe Hittel is the number one fundraiser in Northern Alberta for Rope for Hope

Hittel of Red Deer raised $14,000 for Make A Wish event

Ex-Raptor DeMar DeRozan says goodbye to Toronto on Instagram

The guard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

Watch: Westerner Days in full swing

The heat and the thunderstorms didn’t stop anybody

Cigarette packs with graphic images, blunt warnings are effective: focus groups

Warnings considered effective flag ailments smoking can cause, like colorectal and stomach cancers

Canada’s title hopes quashed at Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco

On the men’s side, Canada was eliminated in the round of 16 as they were shut out by Argentina 28-0

Astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

Alexander Gerst becomes an astronaut musician with live performance from International Space Station

Four people taken by STARS to Edmonton

Blackfalds RCMP investigates single vehicle rollover south of Hwy 11A

Most Read