Better ways than walking out

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,

The approximately 100 high school students who demonstrated on the high school lawn on March 19 would have impressed me more if they had washed cars all day or baked cookies for sale and then used that money to do something worthwhile for our soldiers in Iraq. Many of those soldiers are only a few years older than they are.In March, temperatures in the Iraqi desert can reach 110 degrees; summer temperatures are up to 140 degrees. Our soldiers are fighting in those temperatures, wearing heavy materials, helmets, weapons, bulletproof vests, etc. Instead of being out on a lark, neglecting your education for which we taxpayers are paying a mighty penny, you could have worked for money and sent this to Mrs. Patti Patton-Bader of “Soldiers’ Angels,” who provides our troops in Iraq with tens of thousands of Cooling Scarves.Wars have been with us since before B.C. and will be with us forever. If you studied your history a little better, you might know about Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun and others from Asia who flooded into Europe. You might have learned about Gustav Adolf and the 30-year war in the 17th century. You might have heard about the seven-year war in the 18th century, and on and on.But what I hear from you is, “What is that going to do for me in the way of a paycheck?”If you took the time to get off your iPods (in and out of class) and would read instead, you might read Friedrich Hayek’s book, “The Road to Serfdom” and become concerned about the future of this country. You also might feel a little sorry for the Iraqi Shiites, who ended up in mass graves, still alive, earth being bulldozed over them. You might start feeling sorry for the Iraqi children, who haven’t been able to play soccer, and you might start a program to send soccer balls to them as some of our fine young soldiers are doing.Margot PelletteWhite Rock