Stop teaching my daughter to back-stab

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2004

The other day, my 9-year-old daughter and I were discussing politics. Yes, you heard me, politics. She wanted to know about Tony Knowles and Lisa Murkowski. She asked a lot of good valid questions, very simple and to-the-point questions we all should ask ourselves.

The first question she asked was, "Mom, how come they are talking bad about each other? I thought if you couldn't say anything nice about someone, you shouldn't say anything at all. Tony was trying to be nice to Lisa and she keeps talking bad about him. But he said bad stuff, too." Good question. I agreed.

Then she says, "What good has Lisa or Tony done for us, Mom?" I told her that would be a good project for her to look into, especially since she wanted to run for the school president. She asked me if I knew what good either of them did for us. I told her she needed to research it and find the answers. I have my opinions but I didn't want to pass them on to her.

I want to let both Tony and Lisa know a few things about kids and adults alike. Just stop. We are sick of the bashing commercials. Stop telling us what you didn't do and start telling us what you did do and what you can do.

When my 9-year-old daughter is learning how to back-stab her peers publicly from what's on the radio and television, it's time to try a different tactic to earn votes.

Joey J. Tillson


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