Dear editor,


Zack Woods letter tells me he has the maturity that’s lacking in the venomous responses to Fred Schiefelbein’s letter about the whining kids.

Dear editor,

Zack Woods letter tells me he has the maturity that’s lacking in the venomous responses to Fred Schiefelbein’s letter about the whining kids.

Unlike the children who wrote those letters and the teacher who defends them, Woods seems to understand that egocentrism, individualism, consumerism, and privatization have become the mortal sins of our society.  The consequences of those sins are everywhere around us in the warehousing of those who have grown too old or who lack the mental or physical resources to produce and consume.  Our insatiable appetite for fuel creates starving populations in countries too poor to produce enough food and too eager to produce exports for the benefit of a few super wealthy corporations and individuals and at the expense of the hundreds of thousands of dead bodies we leave in our quest for more.  Our obsession with convenience generates a multi-billion dollar industry dedicated to eliminating the inconvenience of pregnancy.   The teacher claims these aren’t local issues and then goes on to cite figures for the percentage of kids in Pittsburg who are eligible for free lunch.  That’s local.  That’s the result of the issues Fred and Zack Woods and I believe have local consequences.

The teacher and her defenders claim those children will soon be voting.  The fact that neither she nor her students is able to see past their own convenience suggest strongly to me that neither she nor her students are well prepared to be productive citizens or capable voters.

W. W. O’Bryan

Hepler