Build a country worthy of love

I am writing in response to Mr. Odenbach’s comments regarding house bills 1157 and 1158 as reported in the Black Hills Pioneer. I was concerned about comments suggesting some schools or teachers are wrongly using “center-right, good South Dakota folks’ tax money to teach a complete left-wing agenda”. Is Mr. Odenbach really suggesting many of South Dakota’s professional educators are socialists and/or communists? I thought our country was done with the Senator McCarthy thing, but apparently it’s back in style among certain Republicans.

Mr. Odenbach then states that students “should be taught to love America” from kindergarten through into higher learning. Authoritarian regimes do teach their children that they must love their country. Democracies teach their children how to build a country worthy of love. I hope Mr. Odenbach will consider this as he proceeds through this legislative session.

Lial Kofoed,

Spearfish

To read all of today's stories, Click here or call 642-2761 to subscribe to our e-edition or home delivery.

0
0
0
0
1

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.