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Never mind
By Chris Elliott


April 05, 2007
Thursday PM

I, too, checked out the Ketchikan Underground site after reading Diana Chaudhary's letter and those that followed castigating her for ostensibly inferring that teenagers aren't capable of understanding the issues and/or their opinions should be ignored. The whole thing reminds me of SNL's Emily Litella:

Emily Litella was an elderly woman with a hearing problem seen on the "Weekend Update" segment in the late 1970s. Frumpily attired in a dress and a sweater, "Miss Emily Litella" was introduced with professional dignity by the news anchors, who could sometimes be seen cringing slightly in anticipation of the faux pas which they knew would follow as their "guest" launched into tirades on various topics. Radner's character peered through her bifocals and read a prepared letter addressing some public issue, becoming increasingly agitated as her statement progressed, only to discover in the middle of her report that she had misheard what the issue was. A typical example: "What is all this fuss I hear about the Supreme Court decision on a "deaf" penalty? It's terrible! Deaf people have enough problems as it is!" When the on-air reporter interrupted to point out her error (death vs. deaf), she would crinkle her nose, usually say, "Oh, that's quite different...", and then humbly say to the audience, "Never mind." (Wikipedia)

Ms. Chaudhary said, Parents should know what is being said to their children ... and should form their own opinions as to the motives of the School Board President in posting the article ... on a website run by our teens.... Clearly, she is questioning why the letter was posted where it was, and you've got to admit, it is a little curious. I don't believe Ms. Chaudhary's letter was in any way a criticism of KU's readers. She was suggesting that parents who are following this discussion should consider why this letter was posted on this particular website and not, so far as I know, on any other.

I was never too concerned about my children being exposed to opinions with which I might disagree. Isn't that why we send them to school and encourage them read books? On the other hand, my children were not unaware of my opinions either, and we had and still have some lively discussions. Children are future voters. It makes sense to give them some practical experience so they can be informed voters. An informed voter evaluates the opinions on both sides of any issue, weighs the pros and cons based on personal experience, then forms an opinion on which to act. The ability to clearly identify the issue is essential. In this case, I think a "Never mind" might be in order.

Chris Elliott
Ketchikan, AK

Received April 05, 2007 - Published April 05, 2007

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