I find myself strangely unsympathetic about the removal of the Richland school "letters."
Furthermore, I would expect school officials to take action because of concern over student safety (right or wrong) without first ensuring community agreement.
And, where are the letters and concern about issues other than school "icons," sports or "pride," which, like patriotism, too often seems to be little more than arrogance? I once also chanted "we're the best." But, "being the best" comes from more than running fast, accurately throwing a ball or a concrete emblem in the ground.
Where are the letters to the editor concerning education quality, learning social skills, student bullying and harassment, teen pregnancy, drugs, gang infiltration, teachers, waste and fraud, community involvement (interference?), or just preparing a young adult to enter society?
Being adaptable to "change" is another important goal of school. Jenny Rieke (Letters, Jan. 21) suggested we transform "... an old icon into a magnificent re-imagined 21st century landmark." An excellent idea! While I don't think ALL change is good, we also can't have progress, growth, or simply "fix our problems" without it. We need to prepare students not only for the present, but also the future.
Even our "intended change" must change.
D. L. (ANDY) ANDERSON, Richland