Good teachers don't indoctrinate
On Friday, there was a letter to the editor from a York gentleman supporting the candidate of his choice. I found the letter disturbing because after stating he was a former teacher and school principal, he proceeded to violate the whole purpose of teaching and learning which is to teach how to learn and how to put what is learned into practice. To teach how to decide, that is, how to make choices, is to teach the ways and means of decision-making. In his letter he was telling his former students who to vote for in a "father knows best" tone.
Good teachers don't try to indoctrinate their students. Instead, they welcome debate and create a climate in which the students feel free to challenge the status quo. This is best done in those classes that deal with political and social issues.
"Dirty politics" can only be stopped by a citizenry which knows how to detect and how to confront and one can't do that by just accepting, no matter if it is the opinion of your teacher, minister, parents, or favorite movie or TV star. A good citizen should explore and decide for himself who he/she would best serve a nation that, more than ever, is deserving of the right leader for these turbulent times.
Act could lead to governmental abuses
Under a "suspension of the rules," the 110th Congress passed a bill known as the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act -- otherwise known as the "thought police." (Thank you, John Spratt, for voting for H.R.1955. Did you even read it?) The bill would create a national commission charged with the task of making legislative recommendations on how to prevent and disrupt violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism.
Many are worried that, to prevent an act of "homegrown terrorism," people who have radical or "extreme belief systems" would have to be monitored before a criminal act might occur. Violent radicalization is defined as promoting any belief system that the government considers to be an extremist agenda. This would amount to unlawful surveillance of individuals who are critical to the Bush administration and those who hold power in the current economic and political system. It would seem that Joe McCarthy is alive and well and leading another witch hunt.
The term "homegrown terrorism" means the use, planned use or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
Read your history and focus on the year 1776. Read the Declaration of Independence: "That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it."
Wake up and smell the disaster.
Flying a flag is not a crime
Although the president of the western York County NAACP chapter may disagree, as residents of the United States we are afforded equal use of our freedom of speech and expression. It should not be a issue brought for discussion for the York Downtown Business Association to decide if the Confederate flag is heritage or racism.
People often forget or possibly have not been educated to the fact that York County alone had a hundred or more black soldiers who freely joined the Confederacy of their own accord. To honor one's family and the dead with a flag is not yet a crime and should not be treated as one .