The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX

Opinion

September 5, 2013

Letters: Wagamon, Shields

Barack’s Syrian Poker Game

Dear Editor,

Barack’s Red Line bet in the Syrian Poker Game has been called. Now he must go to a group who could back the bet — Congress. There are some in Congress who are taking notice of the resolution by the Arab League calling for action against Assad.

Lest we forget there were almost 3,000 deaths on 9-11 and not a single resolution from the Arab League for action or condemning the terrorist attack. There was however television pictures of Arabs dancing in the streets.

If the Arab League is convinced that action must be taken, the action should come from Arab countries using their military assets and paid for by their oil rich treasuries. It should be an Arab exercise since their supply lines would be shorter, they speak the language, and they are Muslims and not infidels.

What should the United States do in this crisis? We should not dance in the streets.

Charles Wagamon

Huntsville

National Arts in Education Week

Dear Editor,

In 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives designated the second week of September as “National Arts in Education Week,” stating that “Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theater, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.” Now is the time to reaffirm what we know and value about the arts in education.

Participation and exposure to the arts opens up student’s worlds and minds, and offers them the skills they need for a bright future. The arts teach children to be more tolerant, allow youth to express themselves creatively, promote individuality, bolster self-confidence, and improve overall academic performance. The arts also bring families, communities, and schools together through a common sense of pride.

We are fortunate to live in a community that offers many affordable or free cultural events including a variety of quality dance, theater, music, film and visual arts presented by Sam Houston State University students and faculty of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication. You can stay up-to-date with these events online at www.shsu.edu/famc .

In celebration of “National Arts in Education Week,” I invite you and your family to take advantage of these cultural offerings through-out the year and discover the fine arts at SHSU. If I can do anything to help you build the arts in your neighborhood, school or organization, please let me know by contacting my office at (936) 294-2771.

Dr. Ronald Shields

Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication, Sam Houston State University

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