Letters to the Editor

Kids do care about harassment

"The kids don't care "…" said John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, in his defense of Ken Webber's displaying the confederate flag. I don't know if Mr. Webber will win his case. I don't know if the superintendent went over the line in "political correctness" as Mr. Webber alleges.

But I do know that kids care. While in elementary school two of my sisters were harassed for being Asian. They were so afraid they couldn't even tell our family and finally confided in an Asian student teacher.

Kids care. But they are often afraid. They usually don't know whom to trust. They certainly wouldn't confront and adult displaying an offensive flag. Fearing our culture of retribution, children often won't even report abuse or offense to a responsible adult.

Kids care. But like Mr. Whitehead, adults seldom take the time to listen. How in heaven's name does Mr. Whitehead thinks he speaks for the kids of the Talent Elementary School? This isn't legal defense. This is a lawyer slurring our children to make a more sympathetic climate for Mr. Webber.

Let's ask the kids. Let's ask the parents responsible for raising children to be mature adults in a culturally diverse community. The reason this lawsuit can even go forward in our society is because kids and their parents do care. We care for our kids, our schools and especially for Mr. Webber and his rights.

Indeed "… God Bless America.

Brian Nelson-Munson


Nuclear: Unclear and unnecessary

If you read the word nuclear phonetically you have the pronunciation "new clear," which is maybe the vision its discoverers had for its practical application.

But reverse the order of the first two letters, and you have "unclear." Even if you pronounce the word like President George W. Bush did — "nukular"— the result is still the same.

Splitting the atom at its inception/discovery was an unclear proposition, and many innocent military kids had to observe it from too close a distance to see what would result.

When the atomic bombs were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima no one, including the experts, knew what to expect. Same at Three-Mile Island, and on and on.

That is why there is so much nuclear testing. It is never clear what the result will be and today, in Japan, it is still unclear what is going on.

So it is a dangerous, unclear and probably unresolvable issue, and neither the media nor the government can accurately say what is what. And just like the great recent oil catastrophe that took place in the Gulf of Mexico, the people are the last to know and the news reports that go out seem to be made up as things go along.

Unclear and unnecessary is what nuclear means to people. It goes on in nature, and that is fine. People should not be messing in areas that they cannot control, even in the name of science.

Stephen J. Mellini


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