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Letter: We are not guilty

The decision to show a film about lynchings at a time in history (1906) when no one alive today was there, and to further propose a day to commemorate such a shameful time, only fuels more hate and revenge.

It is not healing or helpful to our county, which is seeing an unprecedented rise in crime. Gangs thrive on hate and revenge. What are these “lessons” for present times? We are not guilty, nor should we be expected to pay for the sins of others.

Parents, you are responsible to teach your children to respect and obey all authority. It is not the job of the schools or the courts to teach morals (right from wrong). God gives you that job: “Train up a child in the way he should go …”

Children need to know that policemen, firemen, teachers and school principals are the “good guys” who are working to protect and promote our well-being. They are not our enemies. This lesson is about learning to live in a civilized society and could save you and your children much heartache in the future.

— Linda Cook

Salisbury

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