We must set an example for our children
To the Editor:
Beginning at an early age, individuals, hopefully, live in a family that teaches them the difference between right and wrong.
The boundaries created by parents should indicate what is acceptable behavior and what is not. A child should, ideally, learn what is appropriate and what is not appropriate in terms of how to treat others. Moreover, it is hoped that a child will grow up to be an adult with a conscience.
It is certainly disheartening to see in the media and in everyday life, people who are cruel to others, tell lies to advance themselves and spew hatred to stir up hatred in others. There is no remorse for such behavior. This behavior, which inflicts emotional pain on others, goes unpunished and is reinforced.
We make this behavior acceptable by not speaking out. We must speak out in order not to condone this behavior in anyone. We must set an example by being kind to others, no matter who they are. This is true in Sylva, Washington, D.C., and anywhere else in the world.
Michael Gonzalez, Sylva
Poisons don’t simply disappear
To the Editor:
When I was a child in the 1960s, the DDT truck would make regular trips into our neighborhood spewing out billowing clouds of DDT to deter mosquitos. Whole families would be sitting on their porches and kids like me would dash into the “clouds” to play. It took years before the devastating effects of this poison came to light and, thankfully, we reversed much of the damage.
Fast forward to the 21st century and, as I drive from my home into town along N.C. 107, I am dismayed at the devastation brought about by spraying poison. Have we not learned anything in the past 50 years? How much poison did it take to kill those miles and miles of plants, trees, shrubs and grass alongside the road? Where do we think that poison goes?
Are we still under the delusion that poisons simply disappear? Do we not recognize that poison goes into the air, that it falls onto the street to be washed into our creeks and rivers? Are we so naïve that we cannot understand the long-term effects of poisoning ourselves and our community? Is mowing so difficult that we are willing to risk our health?
Anna Fariello, Cullowhee