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Walkout at Glenbard East ‘a teachable opportunity’ for students
Kudos to the Principal of Glenbard East, Shahe Bagdasarian, who acknowledged in a letter to all Glenbard East families, that the students plan to walk out of the building as part of a grassroots, nationwide, student-led effort on March 14. This planned peaceful demonstration is in reaction to the ineffective deterrents, or total lack thereof, to eliminate the increasing gun violence in America. This is an excellent “teachable opportunity” for our high school students. It affords them a first-hand application of what it means to have a voice in our democracy. They have seen things happening in America that they feel need to be addressed, lest they continue to take the lives of innocent people, and rob them of the guarantee of their unalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These rights are specifically spelled out in the Declaration of Independence, which says “have been given to all human beings by their Creator, and which governments are created to protect.” Education consists of vastly more than what is written in books. Education steps up to the next level when students take what they have learned and apply it to their everyday lives. When citizens in a free, democratic society perceive an injustice or an imminent danger to their “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” they have the right, and indeed the obligation, to make their feelings known in a peaceful and respectful manner. There are those who would argue that high school students are in school to learn and not to be disruptive (i.e. have intelligent opinions), to which we respond that unless those who are learning have ample opportunities to put into practice what they are learning, the seeds we seek to plant have fallen on rocky ground and will not bloom and flourish or contribute to society. We applaud Glenbard East’s validation of the students’ rights to join hundreds and thousands of students all across America and abroad in their call for a safer America. These students are tomorrow’s leaders, and we stand with those who salute them in pride and respect.
Sherron Schiewe and Paul Kozlowski Lombard
Peter Roskam: ‘A model revisionist’ Mr. Roskam: Once again, I enjoyed receiving your most recent election brochure. I especially loved the key bullets targeting us seniors: The new tax law benefits seniors by: Protecting a lifetime of savings and hard work? Just exactly what have you done to protect my savings and hard work? Eliminating special interest tax breaks and lobbyist loopholes? Really, as I recall your tax bill did just the opposite. It’s incredible what you can put in print … basically anything you want. I think the official historical term is revisionist … basically you revise history any way you want. Thank you for underscoring why I am so uncomfortable with your voting record and your Republican Party’s leadership.