I was struck by a contradiction in your Jan. 20 editorial “Teaching moment.” You said Brian Panetta did the right thing by being honest about his same-sex relationship.
But he did the opposite. He lied when he signed his teacher’s contract, knowing the Catholic Church does not support same-sex unions.
However, he was correct when he said it was a teachable moment. The lesson is: Don’t lie when you sign a contract. And a teacher, someone who is looked up to by youths, should not ever lie.
Grand Rapids, Ohio
Stop preaching to Catholics
The Blade needs to desist from its effort to teach the Catholic Church what to do. Your attitude seems to be that because so many people are for same-sex marriage, it must be OK. It’s not.
No magic pill to cure mental illness
Nicholas Kristof’s Jan. 7 op-ed column, “It’s time to pay more attention to mental health,” made valid points. We need to stop associating mental illness with violent behavior.
Some of the most loving, humble, and transparent people you will ever meet are mentally challenged. Conversely, some of the most vile, despicable, and dangerous people would not meet mental-illness standards.
Various prompts or triggers can spark a regrettable decision in anyone. There is no medicine or pill that can cure deep-seated psychosis.
Union should give to public schools
I found it ironic to read an article about local labor unions donating resources to the Maritime Academy of Toledo, a charter school, in the same edition that included an article on charter school incompetence (“Maritime Academy to get simulators upgrade; Unions pitch in to prepare classes for new technology,” “Ohio charter schools struggle to stay open,” Jan. 13).
Charter schools typically hire nonunion teachers and lavishly compensate their administrators. The intent of the unions was laudable, but Toledo Public Schools have needs that would benefit from similar efforts.