To the editors:

In the October 23 Reader, in the discussion on the Education Amendment, you quote Judy Topinka, Republican from North Riverside, as saying, “Giving kids a bad education is the next best thing to killing them outright.” I assume she means that the best thing would be killing them outright. I do not agree with her but it is refreshing to hear a Republican politician say what he/she means, as indicated by their policies.

Many of the children in the Robert Taylor “Homes” do not have parents who are involved. This merely means that we have to find ways to teach them, not to exterminate them.

Joy Calhoun

Glen Ellyn