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LETTER: Don't blame president for violence

To The Telegram: The Telegram's Oct. 11 commentary "American violence is a learned behavior" emotes the underlying hatred of President George Bush and his military policies as the root cause for the latest round of school violence. If you read a ...

To The Telegram:

The Telegram's Oct. 11 commentary "American violence is a learned behavior" emotes the underlying hatred of President George Bush and his military policies as the root cause for the latest round of school violence.

If you read a description of the manner of dress of the Cleveland killer, this very disturbed young man was allowed, even encouraged, through the years of permissive attitudes in our schools and parents. Gothic dress reminiscent of the Columbine murders just cannot be tolerated; Swastika arm bands would be no more blatant in their message.

The famous Brady photographs of the atrocious Civil War violence and subsequent photographic and cinemagraphic documentation dismiss this argument to puerile attempt to mask a personal hatred of America. Leave if you wish; the United States seems to neither hinder expatriation or immigration, legal and otherwise.

I place the blame squarely on our more recent permissive attitudes and the complete absence of personal responsibility. Shame on this writer.

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As for the Oct. 12 letter "Education has changed, and not for the better" by W.D. Bunker, 1942 was 65 years ago, not 50. Maybe your nuns did not teach math so well.

If you recall, there were 250 million fewer people in our country back then. Our balloon has a lot more helium in it now. And it's being heated by global media and the Internet. Did your nuns ever teach you what happens when you heat helium, in a contained space? The molecules get a little agitated.

Mr. Bunker has his righteous old days. The rest of us have now. Your old days are gone and feckless in the now. "Go back 50 years and start over"? Maybe he should.

-- Richard Parins,

DePere, Wis.

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