Mythical basis for advice
School systems throughout syndicated columnist John Rosemond's readership area can save money by discarding textbooks and simply teaching logic from his columns. In addition, students may be inspired to realize they can make a living with little effort, as long as they are creative and have a word processor.
In Rosemond's mythical childhood, the teacher had no problems because the children respected their non-abusive mothers. It is simply statistically impossible for 100 percent of his first-grade class to have given the teacher no problems, to have outperformed today's children, to have gone on to college.
I entered first grade about the same time as Rosemond. Some of my peers flunked first and second grade in a world where there were no diagnosed learning disorders. If you could not do the work, you were labeled stupid and punished. And many of these unfortunates did not get help with their homework, but not because the mother thought it improper or some such balderdash. When parents could not afford to heat their houses, the kids went to bed as early as possible.
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Let us respect the elderly with their nostalgic memories of a world that never existed. But do we have to waste valuable newsprint on this drivel?
Appalling advice for gays
After reading the Sept. 29 "Pray the Gay Away" article, I felt compelled to comment on author Bernadette Barton's assumptions of Christians in the Bible Belt. I agree that the church as a whole has not always reacted Christ-like when interacting with the homosexual movement, but homosexuality is still considered sin by biblical standards.
Barton also discussed parental reactions to their child's gay lifestyle choice. Parents would give up their lives to keep a child safe, but Christian parents are also concerned about their eternal welfare. Yet this book says gay students should deceive parents if they depend on them for financial support. It seems ludicrous to encourage an already bewildered child to lie. Families are under tremendous stress, and Barton is delivering the final blow with such appalling advice.