How can any caring, responsible parent, grandparent or guardian of a teenager not decry and denounce President Trump’s mocking of the 16-year-old Greta Thunberg?

Whether one agrees with her or not, one must surely admire her sincerity and commitment to her cause, and acknowledge the global impact of her advocacy, which earned her Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” award, so coveted by Trump himself. Greta surely is an exemplary model for her generation.

What if one of our teachers, coaches or school administrators publicly demeaned and bullied a student for their efforts to improve our community — and not retract it and apologize for such gross misconduct? Would we not rise up and demand their immediate removal?

Must we not hold our president accountable to at least the same standard? It’s time for us to vote our real family values, not our comfortable political or religious orthodoxies and our pocketbooks. Otherwise, how can we honestly look our teenagers in the eyes and tell them that character matters?

Matt Kuhn, Whispering Pines

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(8) comments

Conrad Meyer

I have nothing positive to say about poor little Greta, so I will refrain from ripping her apart.

Sally Larson

Such pathetic responses here. So afraid of a young girl's commitment and courage to address an issue apparent to the rest of the world but flatly ignored by our president? Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it isn't happening. There's no excuse to demean and belittle the strength of a person's passion to help the world. The fact you fight so hard to condemn her is evidence of just how afraid you are and how powerful her message is. You must be the Boomer types who are being dismissed as useless with the " OK Boomer comments which, in case you don't know, is a derogatory phrase used primarily by the next generations to show their indignation towards older people deemed indifferent to their concerns."

Mark Hayes

Sally, Little Greta brought much of the criticism on herself, the issue became secondary to recognition she sought for herself. I watched the video of her UN speech, it was a metamorphosis from young teen advocating on environmental issues, to the appearance of a vindictive, scornful, brat with facial features meant to intimidate. I liken her performance to watching " The Exorcist ", Linda Blair being possessed, the demonic taking over of a young child, causing a physical distortion of her face, from her mouth the spewing of a uncontrolled spoiled child. I am a " Boomer ", and darn proud of it, but if you are going to start slinging insults, be prepared to catch a few yourself. Happy New Year.

Sally Larson

You must have missed the part where she's autistic. That may be why you misread her facial expressions. It doesn't take away from her message though.

Mark Hayes

That is not the look of an autistic teen, that is the venomous look from one that intended to show her disdain for the President of this country, and it worked, the most photographs of her, are of that angry look. Anyway Enjoy the New Year.

Jim Davis

So what, this young lady is Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”...President Barack Obama was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after just 12 days into his Presidency. Point being, these so called "awards" are based on agenda, not substance....about as important as being the Walmart employee of the month.

Kent Misegades

I applaud the President for saying what we all know - Greta Thunberg and the phony environmental movement behind her are frauds, doing the dirty work of the NRDC and other groups funded by the solar and wind industry and Putin. Since they have failed to convince thinking adults, they use an unstable, angry teenage girl as their poster child in a desperate attempt to prevent scrutiny and criticism. Her parents ought to bear the criticism however, for exploiting their daughter for personal gain. What did not make the US news - on her trip home she and her handlers sat in reserved First Class seats of the fast and luxurious German ICE electric train, powered by coal-fired power plants, French nuclear power and whatever wind turbines happened to be working that day. But an exhausting-looking Greta had her picture taken seated on the floor of the train between suitcases, as if she had been denied a seat. She later apologized to the train’s operator for the gross distortion of reality, which pretty much sums up how the left acts. What that poor girl needs is a steak, some makeup, and a boyfriend.

Peyton Cook

Right on.

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