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


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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4 Responses to ‘Shameful’

  1. Kids understand much more than we give them credit for in today’s world. My parents never shielded me from anything. In fact, they would explain the ins and outs of an issue. When I was old enough to read Mein Kampf, I did so in order to understand more about, perhaps, the most despicable person that ever lived.

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    • msw blog says:

      Yes, adults often underestimate the knowledge that children can understand. Your parents, also sound like wonderful individuals who encouraged you to read and ask questions about life and the world, and that is how it should be!


  2. Fear is a dangerous thing. Most are afraid of the truth. However, I’m a firm believer that the true sets us free. Knowledge is powerful.

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