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Shaky ground

August 29, 2012
Morning Journal News


Ordinarily I am not critical of young people. However, when I see something I feel is really wrong, I feel I must address it.

I presume most of you have read or heard on TV about the young valedictorian and the use of the word "hell" in her graduation speech. Because of this, her principal is denying her diploma until she apologizes. She refuses to apologize and, with her father defending her, is "standing her ground."

I feel she should apologize her for dishonesty. She handed in her written version of her graduation speech for approval, but used the word "heck" instead of "hell." This was dishonest. As valedictorian she is setting an example for many young people. Vulgarity has no place anywhere, but especially not on the graduation platform.

I was appalled that in a vote, conducted by NBC on the "Today Show," 82 percent of the people voted that she should "stand her ground" and not apologize. The approval of the public can surely influence our young people of the future that "anything goes."

If we are "standing our ground" in instances like this, are we standing for qualities which will make this a better world? There is a difference in what you are "standing your ground" for.

Ruth Rudloff

East Palestine



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