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[Susan notes: My suggestion would be to omit the second paragraph. Then this could be a model for a zillion letters. Using the old Kenneth Koch poetry structure technique, we can pen our letters:



I am a veteran teacher.



Thank you for. . .

It would be nice, however. . .



Let's use this model in newspapers across the land.]

Published in Arizona Republic
04/28/2005

To the editor




I am a veteran teacher in an inner-city school.



I would be most appreciative if our legislators saw fit to pass real legislation that would bring academic help to our struggling students.



Thank you for the reminder that junk food is bad for kids. It would be nice, however, if the same energy would be expended to find ways to reduce class size, fund after-school programs and repair crumbling schools.

Kristine Tolman


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