To the editor of THE EAGLE:
It’s doubtful that there will ever be agreement over the words "under God" added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 after successful lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic Fraternal Organization. The original words of the Pledge were written by the Reverend Francis Bellamy, has an interesting history and was first recited in public schools in 1892 to promote patriotism.
Perhaps there are grounds for debate, but I believe the controversy stands in no comparison to the growing difficulty of our children actually being able to read and decipher the words; or the cuts in access to a fair Head Start for all children, no matter their circumstances. A devoted educator said, "To fail to teach a child to read is tantamount to handicapping that child for the rest of his/her life." It’s a preventable disability, not a luxury and there are no acceptable excuses.