What an interesting juxtaposition of school days for some in America. The Sept. 18 front page had an article [“Copter stunt creates buzz at high school”] about a government helicopter hovering above a suburban Prince William County high school as part of one student’s way of asking another on a date. The school’s principal approved of it, but it was unclear whether the U.S. Customs and Border Protection sanctioned the use of taxpayer money for such a “clever” stunt.

Meanwhile, 700 miles away in Chicago, 350,000 students could not get inside their classrooms because of a teachers’ strike. What’s wrong with this picture?

Alex Della-Valle, Alexandria