Equal opportunity trumps affirmative action

04/27/2014 8:04 PM

04/28/2014 12:40 PM

Re "Dems look for way past turmoil" (Page A1, April 26): You can't use future discrimination to correct past discrimination. Sen. Kevin DeLeon is saying that without affirmative action he wouldn’t be where he is. What he’s saying is since he isn’t as accomplished as others, he would have found it impossible to achieve what he has without racial discrimination in his favor.

Using discrimination to fight discrimination creates an endless supply of victims. You can't guarantee equal outcomes. What you can work toward is equal opportunity. School vouchers that allow parents to take their kids out of failing ghetto schools and put them in good schools would go a long way toward equalizing opportunity.

After Obama cancelled DC's voucher program his daughter lost two friends. How would you rate their opportunity now as compared to when they were Obama's daughter's classmates? This is where the fight needs to begin.

-- George Alger, Placerville

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