LETTERS

Learning the power of truth

Posted 5/4/22

To the Editor,

You sure do print some wild letters.  For example, I read the “Predatory Politics”  letter from April 21, 2022.

I think the writer is hot under the collar …

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LETTERS

Learning the power of truth

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To the Editor,

You sure do print some wild letters.  For example, I read the “Predatory Politics”  letter from April 21, 2022.

I think the writer is hot under the collar about what books a child might read in school that the Republicans say subverts parental authority. I could not find any documentation proving Rep. McNamara is out to hurt any of the children in Warwick.  Nor could I find anything showing Rep. Morgan writing legislation to save the children. Maybe because the children don’t need saving.

My public school teachers showed me that Knowledge Is Power !  Go be curious, ask questions, be adventuresome, go explore your town, your state, your country and your world.  Learn all that can on any subject that interests you. Develop your talents and skills, find out who you are and then use your gifts to help others and make the world a better place. Be a good neighbor to all.

We all ask, how do I gain this gift of knowledge?  Well, you have to work hard, study, and be willing to learn about other points of view.  You can ask a teacher, read a book in the library or buy a book at the local bookstore.  You can join a club or a group.

With reading, studying and guidance you will be able to make informed decisions based on facts.  Americans have the freedom to read whatever they want and you should never let anyone take that freedom away.  No one has the right to ban, burn or bury a book.

No one will ever stop us from the power of truthful ideas found in a book.

Sadly, the conservative right wing Republicans are scared of the ideas in some books and they would like to save us from this problem by banning books and telling teachers and librarians what they can put on the shelves.  They are trying very hard to subvert our freedoms.

They say we need to be saved.  Really?  Who asked you to police our lives?  Who left you in charge?  Those of us not bound to the Republican party feel quite competent and capable of making our own choices of what to read or what not to read.  If you don’t like TOM SAWYER,

then don’t read it.  You will just miss out on one of the best books of all time.  We all have that freedom of choice and no one should let the Republicans take that freedom away. 

We all do need saving ..............just from those that are narrow minded, who spread lies and misinformation and divisiveness.  The majority of people are good and when they are armed with Truth, Love, Justice and Knowledge, they will OPPOSE THE RISE OF HATE.

Remember this: The power of love will conquer your love of power and then we will have peace.

There is no greater treasure or friend than a good book.  It is time now for a cup of tea and my son’s favorite Dr. Seuss book, SCRAMBLED EGGS SUPER.

(It is one of the newly banned ones. )

How many good book friends do y’all have? 

Nancy Urquhart

Warwick

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  • Ginger Cat

    I agree with you. Problem is, you have it backwards. The ills of which you speak are perpetrated by the left, not the right. For example, Dr. Seuss was banned (or canceled, really) due to leftist cries of racism. If you’re going to preach and place blame, please get your facts in order. You said, “No one will ever stop us from the power of truthful ideas found in a book.” “Truthful ideas” and “indoctrination/propaganda” (or as you defined it “lies and misinformation and divisiveness”) are two totally different concepts. Teachers who decide to push their own personal ideologies upon students are the ones who are subverting parental authority in their blatant attempts to indoctrinate, not educate or nurture curiosity or love of learning. That has the thumbprint of the left all over it, not the right. I applaud Rep. Morgan for recognizing this and attempting to address it. As an aside, your use of capitalization throughout your letter screams “hot under the collar.”

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