To the Editor:
I am writing in response to Sarah Laribee’s Oct. 29 column, “Adults responsible for youth. Censorship appropriate for certain life stages.” In this day and age I find it appalling that a soon to be teacher is writing an article which states that “encouraging the young to expand their minds as much as possible… is wrong.”
The example that she gives is that of Bourbon Street New Orleans after the sun had gone down, and how her father took her and her sister down a back street to avoid it. Now, one that did not live a sheltered or censored life would have the knowledge that most have of Bourbon Street, especially after dark, and could “choose” not to go down to it.
I would also like to ask that she refrain from telling the reader that she is a “staunch supporter of the First Amendment…” while in the previous five paragraphs promote censorship. Lastly I would like to pose a question. As it ever occurred to Ms. Laribee or any of us that the problem might lie in the adults? After all I doubt that it is millions of dollars in milk money from little kids that allows “certain books” to keep going or that keeps Bourbon Street alive.
Or maybe censorship is a tool used to keep people, or children, from seeing, or reading, things that a individual or group, for their owns reasons, does not want them to.
Senior art major