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Letters to The Platteville Journal for June 25
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Teach the right things

Your article on local crime (“Unexplainable again,” June 18) sparked more questions:

Why is suicide the number three cause of death among American teenagers?

Why are there so many people in the first part of their lives doing unbelievable violence to themselves and others?

Why are they choosing to destroy life — theirs and others?

When I attended government school, the Ten Commandments hung on the school wall beside the Declaration of Independence. Teachers did not proselytize, but our Creator was acknowledged in our curriculum, in our Baccalaureate, in the prayers said before school board meetings. Heaven and hell were real concepts that determined acceptable societal behavior.

Over the last 40 years school curricula was scrubbed of any acknowledgement of a creator, of divine providence, of the exceptionalism of the American experiment in self-government.

History is no longer taught as the sacrifice made by our predecessors for the benefit of successive generations, but rewritten as a condemnation of the past.

Our legal system was based on natural law. Now it’s based on popularity.

We believe what we are taught. If our kids spend their first quarter of life raised by godless parents and godless institutions, they become gods expecting to be worshipped.

The solution to societal problems never changes. Teach our children they were created to serve God by serving each other.

Dave Kuhle
Hazel Green

Board exit

I would like to express my appreciation to those who appointed me to the City of Platteville Zoning Board of Appeals.

Secondly I would like to express my appreciation for all of the current members for voting to have me as your chairman. It has been a great pleasure working with the Zoning Board both as a member and then as your chairman.

In light of the current political environment in the City of Platteville, where the city council and city manager are trying to eliminate many of our constitutional rights — Freedom of Speech, Our First Amendment Rights of Redress of Government, Freedom of (Correct) Information and due to my personal obligations and the political climate in Platteville, I find it necessary to devote all of my time and energy to my personal life and I am forced to resign from my duties as chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Michael V. Mayo

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