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light of what happened at LCHS, I felt compelled to share an
experience that I had a couple of months ago.
children and I went to a drive-through window at an establishment
in town, and a lady who worked there recognized my daughter. She
said she sometimes volunteers in her class and that my daughter
was really sweet. But she continued and said that her son didnít
like my daughter because she was black.
stared at her for a moment, not really knowing what to say.
continued and said that she teaches her son to love everyone and
that everyone is the same.
couldnít understand why one mother would have shared this
information with another. It was an indigestible meal for me. Even
now it just sits in the pit of my stomach.
was injured for my child. I would have hoped that things would
have been a bit different for my child than it had been for me
growing up in a small town in Iowa.
it brings to light the importance of parents teaching their
children to love and not to hate people who are different; to
teach tolerance. You canít control hate. Teaching children to
hate anyone only teaches them to hate themselves.
instance shows the damage that can be done when parents make
off-the-cuff negative comments to their children about others. It
shows how children listen and learn.
be mindful! Your children are directly and indirectly learning
from you. Although your intent may not have been to teach
intolerance to your children, it evidently comes from us. In the
words of Lincolnís own Langston Hughes in his poem "A Dream
Deferred," "It (hatred) festers like a sore."
children that I am referring to are in kindergarten. The majority
of what they know today they learned at home. In light of what is
happening in schools throughout the country and even at our own
high school, Iím already afraid because the seed has now been
sowed. In a few years from now both of our children are in danger
of being the ones at either end of a gun.
for all of you who say, how does this happen, now you know.
wanted on political affiliation
have been searching for this information and cannot find any. I
would like to know the ratio of Republicans to Democrats in
Logan County. Exact numbers preferable to percents.
anyone knows this, please e-mail the editor with a response. I
will be watching for a reply.
Mike Fak's articles
is good to read the different articles Mr. Fak writes. Very
factual and timely.
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