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Letters: Sick day exemptions; sounds like a threat; not very hopeful

Sick day exemptions

Mansfield Independent School District’s policies encourage the spread of disease throughout the high schools. With flu season fast approaching, parents and students are worried more about attendance than health.

The current policy for students to be eligible for exemptions on mid-term and final exams has a strict attendance caveat. Students who are not absent more than two days and have at least an 80 percent in a class are allowed to opt-out of two exams per semester. These exemptions are priceless to students!

Many students seeking these exemptions often attend school while ill and hide their symptoms, infecting other students, as well as staff.

Even if a student has an excuse from a medical professional, the absence still counts against them for exemptions.

If a doctor says a student should not attend school, that student should not be penalized.

Some local districts have similar exemption policies that do not count medical excuses against students, while others have progressive policies that allow for more absences for students with higher averages in their classes.

If Mansfield ISD wants to keep their students and faculties safe and healthy, the exemption policy should be revisited and adjusted accordingly.

— Logan Smith, Mansfield

Sounds like a threat

Sunday’s letter (”A costly vote”) from the President/CEO of an energy company, regarding Denton voters saying “No” to fracking, strikes me as little more than a threat.

Don’t dare to vote against big oil or you’ll pay the consequences in costly litigation.

The only value in expressing their opinion at the ballot box, the writer says, will be to show others in Texas what not to do.

A pretty sorry state of affairs, I say.

— Dan Smith, Fort Worth

Not very hopeful

Contrary to the hopeful views in the editorial on Sunday, Nov. 9, regarding the Enterprise Fund, I sincerely doubt Abbott, as governor, will ever conduct a meaningful re-evaluation of the Fund.

He didn’t do anything about the companies who improperly received $222 million in taxpayers’ money as attorney general, so why expect anything different from him now?

Especially considering he received $1.4 million campaign contributions from some of these same companies.

Sadly, it will continue to be “business as usual” for the next four years in Austin.

— Lynne Doyle, Euless

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