Sunday, September 13, 2009
I have followed with great interest all of the controversy about our school-age students watching President Barack Obama's pep talk about the value of their education. It saddens me to see that political opinions are so divided that something like this is even an issue. This polarization also puts our fine school administrative team and teachers in a tough situation.
When I was young we were taught to respect our president and elected officials regardless of their party affiliation. I certainly believe that if the president of the United States wanted to address the kids, we would have all been herded into a crowded room to watch on a fuzzy black-and-white TV with a rabbit ears antenna.
I think it is time that we all review how we react to those with differing opinions than ours and remember that we are all Americans first. The extreme thinking we are seeing is counterproductive for us as citizens of the U.S. As in past letters, I encourage everyone to seek news from many sources and viewpoints. Be very careful of what you read on the Internet, and consider the sources and documentation.
Another great concern I have is the kind of example we are setting for our children when people of differing views are demonized. Is this the way we want them to grow up thinking? Would they be better citizens in the future if they were taught to respect and compromise with those they disagree with? I certainly think so. Remember, our children are watching everything we do. We need to set the best example possible to help them live happy, productive lives in our wonderful country.
I hope everyone reading this letter will give it some real thought and help us move forward as Americans.