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Wording was flawed; intent sincere

July 19, 2014
John Johnson, Marshalltown

In response to the editorial "Ghetto comment way off base" (T-R 6/29/14) I would like to say that I regret the use of the word ghetto, because it inadvertently hurt the feelings of some in the community. A building in need of repairs would have been a better and more accurate statement. Most importantly, the comment took away the focus of the meeting from the actual issue. The actual issue was that the students' learning environments must be more important than executive ones. In my opinion, spaces used by students need to come before any that are dedicated to use by adults. It is too bad that the author formed an opinion from only reading the T-R article "School board at odds over pay increase" (6/26/14).



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