‘Shameful’

I love the Opt Ed section of the paper. I believe we all need to write at least one letter on something we’re passionate about in our lifetime. In saying that, I applaud this reader

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As a friend posted recently, “If you’re banning books that tell kids what the bad guys did, you aren’t the good guys.”

We haven’t banned “Mein Kampf,” which is fascist genocidal propaganda that arguably should be banned. If we can handle “Mein Kampf” being out there, we can probably handle kids reading stories that teach them to be empathic to others who don’t look, act or love like they do.

It’s telling that the McMinn County School Board in Tennessee isn’t banning pantless Donald Duck and Winnie the Pooh. It tells us the issue isn’t cartoon animal nudity in “Maus.” The issue is that school board members don’t want children learning that the Holocaust happened to children just like them, and they certainly don’t want children learning the story from a first-person point of view, unsanitized and unfiltered by Christian savior figures.

My question is, “Have you also banned the Bible from the school libraries?”

It’s shameful, here in this country where our most important rights are the freedom from government imposition of religion and from restriction of speech. What’s next?

Heather Park-Albertson, Redmond

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Let all Voices be Heard

I love the Opt Ed section of the paper. I believe we all need to write at least one letter on something we’re passionate about in our lifetime. In saying that, I applaud this reader

This debate has been raging since I was a kid and for no good reason. I’m now 65, and the fact that this banning effort continues is enraging and distressing. Banning books only makes us a weaker society and diminishes one of the greatest opportunities that the United States is supposed to encourage — that all voices can be heard. If you truly believe in this ideal, then you will defend the right for all voices to gain expression, whether you agree with them or not.

If you support the banning of any book, then you are engaging in the suppression of free thought, an act that will lead us to a hell we create for ourselves.

Steve Valandra, Tumwater

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Unwavering Confidence

If you had unwavering confidence, what in your life would change? What new things would you try? What boundaries would you set? What would you ask for? What would you no longer tolerate in your life? Unwavering confidence is really about self-trust. It’s about seeing what you want and being willing to go for it. It’s about knowing that no matter how things play out, you will be okay. It’s about taking risks, setting boundaries, and prioritizing your needs.

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Intentional Design

Be intentional in what you choose to bring home in the first place. Before I buy anything now, I ask myself, “Is this replacing something I already own that has gone through its life cycle?” Or if I buy this, is there something I can give away?

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Declutter for 30 minutes a day

 “We recently moved to a smaller house, and every day, I spend 30 minutes working through drawers,” “Having less stuff is so much better for your mental health.” If she puts together a pile to donate, she’ll drop it off the next day, so the items aren’t sitting in her car for six months.

Positively Purging-I welcome your feedbacks in the comments and your likes and passing the real-life wisdom on to others as I embark on this new venture of “positively purging”, as I know each of these pieces represents something…

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