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Reading Barbara Essington’s recent letter, “Parents speaking at school boards are not criminals,” one would get the impression that we’re living in a Stalinist police state where merely speaking out could get you sent to the gulag. The reality is far different.Conservative media portray these “concerned parents” as being targeted by the government for daring to speak out at school board meetings. Many are just conservative activists, trained to rally the Republican base to turn out in the 2022 and 2024 elections.They’ve brought scrutiny upon themselves for aggressive tactics, which include being deliberately disruptive, shouting down school board members and even threatening violence toward those they see as enemies. These have become commonly used tactics for other conservative groups.Whether the issue is mask mandates, vaccinations or the much-hyped false claim that “critical race theory” is widely being taught in public schools, these tactics are designed to pressure public officials to bend to their will.One blueprint that conservative activists have adopted comes from the book “Confrontational Politics” by the late H.L Richardson, a former California state senator and gun-rights activist. Organizations like the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership hold training seminars around the country, coaching aspiring activists on how to get their way.Republican-linked groups like Moms For Liberty recruit followers to go to statehouses and school boards and apply their strategies of bullying and intimidation. Conservative media actively promote them without disclosing that they are political operations. It’s a load of malarkey to describe them just as “fed-up parents.”The majority of people don’t share their radical views. These activists are just a loud, well-trained minority working to help the GOP get back in power. They don’t seem to care if they have helped spread a pandemic to do it.Joseph D. Bastrimovich, National ParkTaxpayer-paid tuition creates union-member factoriesIt has become common to hear someone say, “I was the first in my family to go to college.” Less frequently, they could be the first in their families to achieve a graduate-school degree. And, it’s been reported that college enrollment today is higher for females than males.Today, there are elected officials and others who wish to gain your praise or allegiance by campaigning for government to pay for tuition and provide more support for higher education. Politicians would also like to gain favor by having the government widely forgive college debt.Before we plunge down that rabbit hole, ask what is next. Technical education and experience could become government-financed apprenticeships. Think deeply about employment in these trades that will become labor union membership. Many mechanics, plumbers, electricians and teachers could become allied to a single politician or party, if they aren’t already.Could, or should, government pay for all education? The high tax bill for government education must be examined. Consider this closely before the beneficiaries of subsidized post-high-school education become voters and/or politicians. Ask politicians if their overall plan is to bail out and win support from the colleges, some of which are highly endowed. Check out campaign contribution records at the New Jersey Election law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) website, and watch for donations from outside of our state to New Jersey candidates.Gerald Keer, TurnersvilleOur journalism needs your support. Please subscribe today to NJ.com.Send a letter to the editor of South Jersey Times at [email protected]cemedia.comBookmark NJ.com/Opinion. Follow on Twitter @NJ_Opinion and find NJ.com Opinion on Facebook.Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.
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