Email letters, September 10, 2013
School board candidates must not sign off on more brainwashing
Although I find myself pleased that more people are getting involved in the local school board elections, I am not seeing new ideas coming from the candidates. The Mesa County Republican Women are sponsoring three candidates who want to be more prudent, “make things happen” and rethink the effectiveness of English as a Second Language. What about changing the 30+ years of liberal indoctrination our children have been forced to endure?
Let’s face it, folks, our current predicament politically has been caused primarily by a generation of young voters who have been programmed against our standards of religion, personal rights and national loyalty throughout their public school years in grades K-12.
It is no wonder to me why America has elected and re-elected an administration of socialism and blatant disregard for our constitutional rights. We now have an enormous voting block that has been taught how wrong America is, how political correctness is more important than common sense and how big government is the answer.
I spent a term on an elementary school board in the 70s. I saw this indoctrination begin, and now I see what it has become. Let’s see some new blood running for these positions that will not automatically sign off on more brainwashing such as “Common Core” and stand up for our constitutional rights as parents and Americans.
If they want to reduce the number of courses being taught, let’s get rid of some of the social indoctrinating programs. By any means, let’s teach our children to be good Americans with God and the Constitution as their guidelines. Our children are our future.
Do our young people realize their great fortune to live in America?
My husband and I took a drive recently, enjoying this beautiful valley with such great beauty all around us. The words — from nowhere, it seemed — came to mind, and I began humming “My Country, Tis of Thee” and then found we were singing it. We wondered aloud, if perhaps we were among the last school children to sing this beautiful old song in our classrooms.
I wonder how many of our young people even know this song or realize what a privilege it is, and has been, to live in the America we have known, and which seems to be gradually disintegrating after most of us came from families that fought to make us free and spread westward to settle this land. What love we should have for our country and what are we willing to give of ourselves to keep this country free and subject ultimately only to God and the government?
After the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln said these profound words, “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” (Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863). At this moment in time, the nation is in peril of this happening. As the song says, “Long may our land be bright, With freedom’s holy light, Protect us by thy might, Great God our King!”
And as young school children singing this song, how could we have imagined an America so drastically changed since Sept. 11, 2001? Tell your children and grandchildren what America was and could be once again.
In the book “1984” the main character spends much time searching for an “old person that could tell what it used to be like” and had great difficulty locating someone to tell him.
Speak to your family now of the way life was. Of course, we can’t live in the past, but they need to know the history of their country as only you can tell them.
W. NADINE MAXWELL CLARK
Benghazi debacle should teach us to be militarily ready each Patriot Day
I don’t know whether on past 9/11s, prior to 2012, we had any military assets on alert— just in case. We painfully know that there were none on Sept. 11, 2012. If there had been, perhaps the Benghazi debacle might have turned out significantly different.
It cannot cost much extra to put so me units/Special Forces on alert here and there around the world. What more would it cost to have aircraft units on alert also, to include strategically placed tankers for refueling if needed. We have a name for 9/11: Patriot Day.
A lesson learned, or ignored, for this year and the future?