[Susan notes: The reader comments at the paper's online site were as ugly as I've ever seen--you know the kind: how dare people on food stamps buy potato chips? And worse. The editorial isn't perfect but I applaud them for standing up to the abuse they knew they'd get. ]
To the editor
As someone who cares about the survival of public schools, which people find so easy to blame for everything from bad manners to a bad economy, I want to thank you for your strong, brave editorial Poverty Is a Burden in the Schools. Please know that your editorial is traveling: I received it here in Vermont from a longtime teacher in Hawaii. I know that people in the Tennessee Valley won't give a fig about our opinion, but I want to join the fair-minded people in Decatur who are shouting praise.
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