To the editor,
I disagree wholeheartedly with the Sept. 17 letter by Susan Hoerauf attack Lu Young, our superintendent of schools, for letting children of our county watch President Obama's speech to schoolchildren. I applaud Young for having the fortitude and courage to take an evidently unpopular stance.
Our children should hear our president address them. Ms. Hoerauf seems to be knowledgeable with Adolf Hitler's words and tactics. However, comparing President Obama with Hitler is quite a stretch of the imagination. Adolf Hitler indoctrinated a whole nation (almost) to hate a whole group of people. He murdered six million Jewish people. How can this seriously be considered to be on a par with Obama's encouragement of children to stay in school, study hard, and take responsibility for their own actions?
Former Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush all addressed American schoolchildren at some point during their times in office, encouraging children to do their best. It is only with our first black president speaks to our schools that such major national objections have occurred. I can't help but believe that this is more than coincidental. The majority of American citizens elected Obama as president. Though I respect the right of all citizens, I also believe that respect for the process of our democracy and for the Office of the President of the United Sates itself are important as well.