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February 23, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 23, 2013

Inappropriate music

TO THE EDITOR: It has come to my attention that music containing inappropriate content is being played in our schools.

I am particularly concerned about this happening in elementary schools. 

Recently, my sister attended a school dance, and I was shocked to hear some of the songs that were played at this event. One song, in particular, contains lyrics that promote very inappropriate behavior.

This dance was attended by children as young as kindergarten-age students. I feel there is no excuse for music with this unsuitable content to be played around children of this age.

I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask schools to play music that does not contain inappropriate content or innuendos. So many popular songs contain messages that support immoral behavior and have hateful messages. Even the catchiest song can have these ideas hidden between its toe-tapping beat and rhyming lyrics.

There are plenty of songs written for younger audiences that would be perfect for these events. These songs are age suitable and about subjects children can relate to — and many are even educational.

Unless we speak up to stop this from happening, our children will continue to be exposed to this music. Elementary-age students have no need for the negative messages that are sent by “popular” and “hip” music.

Please stand up against this music being played in our schools.

EMILY ALLEN

Peru

 

Tobacco deaths

TO THE EDITOR: Did you know that tobacco products cause more deaths than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined?

This is a fact according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). We have to do something to make this number decrease.

In March 2012, the surgeon general declared tobacco use a pediatric epidemic. It is our children’s lives that we are trying to save.

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