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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