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Letters to the Editor Oct. 01, 2011

SB48 widely misunderstood, won’t teach kids lewd content

I have read a lot about SB48, and felt compelled to write. Those that are against SB48 seem to be under the impression that this bill will make it a requirement for teachers to educate students about sex specifically related to gay, lesbian or transgender citizens.

However, if you actually read the bill, that is not the intent at all:

“Existing law requires instruction in social sciences to include a study of the role and contributions of both men and women to the development of California and the United States. This bill would require instruction in social sciences to also include a study of the role and contributions of Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, and other ethnic and cultural groups, to the development of California and the United States.”

This bill will simply provide our children with a full view of the world around them rather than shadowing or ignoring important historical events. There isn’t a School Board, or teacher, that would teach your children lewd content. Everything taught in a school is carefully thought out, and children are constantly protected by all school staff from anything related to sexual content.

This bill is not about teaching children about sex; it is about teaching children history. An example of what I believe this bill would mean to you is this: If teachers decided to teach their class about Harvey Milk (the first openly gay man to hold a public office), they would be able to do so. Currently, a School Board, or other administration could prevent a teacher from educating their students on this topic, as sexual orientation is not one of the currently listed protected groups.

With SB48, a teacher would now have the option to teach their students about Harvey Milk’s heroic life story (fighting discrimination and accomplishing goals no matter what) with the only interference from the higher-ups being how that content is brought to the student.

This bill is not about teaching your children how to be gay, lesbian or transgender. This bill is not about teaching your children how a gay, lesbian or transgender sexual relationship works. It is about including all of our wonderful citizens’™stories as it relates to the “development of California and the United States.”€

Charity Alejos

Crescent City

 

America worsening since 1970; the two major parties to blame

People have talked about very many problems and in my view there are just two of them: Republicans and Democrats. If everyone could read our history carefully, both parties would die forever.

Almost everyone is addicted to one of the parties knowing that both are crooks and intelligent liars, ignoring us ignorant folks and violating the international law every day.

As Jesus was against killing and stealing, I agree with his peaceful morals completely, even though I became an atheist in 1944.

Until 1970 or so, we had some progress. After that we have had retrogression, probably toward becoming apes again.

Samuel Rosa

Crescent City

 

Many things could be improved here, but SWMA not one of them

After reading Martha McClure’s Sept. 23 Coastal Voices piece, “Do this in the open,” I was moved to write a letter to the editor about the proposed restructure or elimination of the Solid Waste Management Authority.

I agree with Martha’s comments, as well as Donald Thompson’s and Ralph Johansen’s Sept. 27 letters to the editor  concerning this same subject.

I can think of a number of things that should be changed or improved in Crescent City, but why try to change or eliminate something that obviously is working very well?

If it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it.

Carl Addington

Crescent City

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