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Letters: Thankful for BOE’s online learning decision; Slavery didn’t start or end in America; Lewis’ message a call to Americans; Just wear a mask | COMMENTARY

Thankful for decision to start school virtually

I would like to commend Dr. Lockard and the Carroll County Board of Education for making the decision to start schools virtually in September. I know it was a difficult decision but in the end, it was the safe and wise decision. No matter what was chosen, someone was going to be upset. But I am proud that cooler heads prevailed and this decision was reached. Now the real work begins and teachers can fully prepare for the task at hand. And believe me, our teachers are going to be prepared because that’s what we do!

But what is genuinely upsetting is hearing people who supported opening schools like [protester] Richard Potcner, who declared that COVID isn’t a real problem and “It’s killing old people that are already gonna die. ... You know, it’s not harming people.”

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Shame on you. To discard senior citizens as if they don’t matter is one of the cruelest things I can imagine. What makes him think that his life is so much more valuable than that of a senior citizen? I was raised to believe that all life is sacred and must be cherished, not just the lives of those who “count.” What has happened to our society?

The lack of respect for teachers is also evident in the protests we have seen over this issue. We are professionals, not babysitters. We love our kids. We love teaching. And that is why we pushed for a virtual opening. Because we love our jobs and our children — we want everyone to be safe. Everyone. Including the senior citizens who in many cases care for their grandchildren on a daily basis.

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Want an eye-opener? Check out the public comment on the Board of Education site. A rising third-grader wrote to please open virtually because “I don’t want my Grammy to die.” At least this little girl is being raised right. You could take a lesson from her, Richard Potcner.

Patti DiLeonardi

Sykesville

Slavery didn’t start or end in America

Writing for Forbes Magazine in 2019, Tom Lindsay discovered that college students overwhelmingly believe that slavery not only was and is an American problem, but that it was invented and confined to America. It saddens me deeply that, as somewhat of a student of history myself, it sure looks like misguided educators are filling young fertile minds with this kind of misinformation, and the result is more and more young people of all races are growing up to revile their own country.

So let me try to set the record straight. Slavery is not new. Roughly 9,000 years ago, enemies captured in war became slaves of the victors. Additionally, 4,000 years ago, the Israelites (Jews) were enslaved by the Pharaohs of Egypt for many years.

So, in effect, slavery has been around a long time. Oh, and did you know that the Cherokee Indian Nation not only had slaves from Africa, but supported the Confederacy during the Civil War? Hmm, how does that square with political correctness?

Even today, it is estimated that there are 40 million people enslaved worldwide!

One more thought just for perspective: History did not begin at the moment of your, or my, birth. Good things and bad things have been the way of the world for as long as mankind has existed. So, I would ask anyone trying to shame me for being an old white man, close your eyes and imagine living as a young person in the 1840s.

If you lived in Massachusetts, odds are you were against slavery. If you lived in Georgia, the opposite was true. The point is that we people, no matter what race we are, have no business judging what was right or wrong 150 years ago. We can and should study and learn from it. Impressing “white guilt” on me, tearing down statues, and redacting the history of this country will only eventually cause us to make the same mistakes because we have forgotten how we got here as a nation.

Finally, you can make the case that there isn’t a race of people anywhere in the world that hasn’t at one time or another been enslaved. And that includes us white folks. The difference is that we went to war and died by the thousands to get rid of it.

Dave Price

Sykesville

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Lewis’ message a call to Americans

John Lewis: “Together You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation” is a call to all Americans. It is a call which absolutely refutes white supremacy, both in the letter’s content and its literary superiority.

Lewis’s call is to all believers and nonbelievers in a higher power. For Christians it is a plea to follow the better angels of our faith. For nonbelievers, to consider the need to set our eyes on things greater than ourselves.

Lewis calls us to understand and accept our history in order to make a better future. To employ the great weapon of non-violence that was used so effectively one half century ago. Lewis challenges us all to realize that the coming months will help determine our destiny as a nation. The lives of future generations will be better or worse for what we do today.

George Conover

Westminster

Just wear a mask

Wear a mask unto others as you would want them to wear a mask unto you.

Golden. A small, generous way today toward loving, protecting one another.

Marilyn Cramer

Westminster

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