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What Do You Think?

September 08, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Friday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Should local school boards give students an opportunity to see President Obama's national address to school children?

o "If he wants to address kids, make it an 'after-school special' format where kids and parents can both participate and discuss. This should not be forced into the schools and on everyone when the government has already basically said the schools cannot force ideologies on students. The addition of 'assignments' only makes this one step closer to the start of a 'follow your leader' process."

o "Yes to the speech and no to the 'How Can I Help the President' essay. The speech is a good one encouraging children to study and stay in school, but the essay assignment is too political in nature and sounds like the first step to indoctrination for political views. We have enough of this in the colleges, where professors demand students see their view or fail."

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o "No. As much controversy as there is in our country in the last several months over our government taking our freedoms away, this is certainly not a good move. You don't go over the head of the parents to get to the children. Is this about the Obama agenda? Is he now using the children to get control of the parents? He has enough on his plate creating unrest in this country. Keep his politics out of our schools."

o "This is not about politics. Wake up, Tri-State area. Once again, for those who have a hard time reading, it is about the importance of staying in school and getting good grades. What the heck is wrong with that? Sorry folks, but you are too paranoid about President Obama and how we are turning into a communist government. It is clear there is nothing anyone can say to convince you there are no hidden tricks."

o "Every child should be able to hear Obama's address about doing well in school and advancing their education, but not about how to advance his political agenda. Let it be broadcast in prime time so the kids can watch it with their parents and discuss the pros and cons afterward."

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