June 23, 2006 Ire for Green’s birds and bees Shame on you Daily Tidings, for allowing such weak minded thinking to be published on your website. I am referring to Mike Green’s silly article on “Teen Sex.” That Mr. Gre

Ire for Green’s birds and bees

Shame on you Daily Tidings, for allowing such weak minded thinking to be published on your website. I am referring to Mike Green’s silly article on “.”

That Mr. Green is from the right is not an issue, nor is the fact that he has an ax to grind. But to hide his real complaint behind an attack on proms is frankly, childish.

It is most true that many teens are poorly educated on the topic of sex, but as an adult, who pretends wisdom on such matters, how can there be “dire consequences inherent in such activities if indulged in haphazardly and outside of a life-long committed relationship”?

Please, Mr. Green, allow me to provide you with a little sex education. There are three risks to sexual activity: physical, psychological, and social. Having communication with teens, and teaching safe sexual practices in school can easily eliminate the physical risks, which you and those like-minded rely on often to support your point.

The psychological “risks” are resolved not by espousing the “just say wait” philosophy, but again by communication. Everyone is on his or her own unique emotional timetable — knowledge is the key to preparation.

As to the social issue, look at the facts. Life long committed relationships are a rarity in our own society and even more scarce throughout world history. The divorce rate is well over 50 percent and since you disapprove of serial monogamy where does that leave us?

What chills me to the core is that in Mr. Green’s eyes, its not ok for an 18 year old to fall in love, have sex and because of poor education, bear a child that the rest of society must support. Yet let that young couple get married, not be able to support themselves or their child (so society still foots the bill) and get divorced, then it’s perfectly alright. How can you support values so poorly thought through.

Like many before him, Mr. Green would like to be the “moral authority” for which he so desperately cries. It’s not the prom he objects to; it’s the “Brokeback” gay prom. It’s not kissing under the bleachers, it’s the sexy clothing. And marriage is not what we know it to be, but the fantasy he learned watching Ozzie and Harriet. In his eyes, “clearly we are witness to the degradation of American society.”

What’s clear is that Mr. Green does not acknowledge the history of the society he so desperately whishes to protect. That same claim of societal degradation was made when women wanted the vote, when Chinese-Americans wanted to own land, and when Mr. Green’s own ancestors no longer wanted to be second class citizens.

As the paper of record in a town filled with diverse points of view, you should be more critical of your staff. Not in their opinions — Mr. Green has a right to those — but his long thinly veiled poke at perceived demons is equivalent to shouting ‘fire’ in a movie theater, unwarranted and unacceptable.

Chris Riley





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