Thursday, October 20, 2005

Hope For Our Future

Yesterday reported on high school newspaper ad stirring up controversy:
"If creating a buzz is rule No. 1 in advertising, then an anonymous Warwick Valley High School sophomore has a bright future.

Set on a backdrop of neat rows of tombstones, a full-page ad in October's The Survey, Warwick Valley High School's monthly student-run newspaper, reads:

'You can't be all that you can be if you're dead. There are other ways to serve your country. There are other ways to get money for college. There are other ways to be all you can be. THINK ABOUT IT. Before you sign your life away.'

The ad was created and paid for by a Warwick student who is a member of the Bruderhof community, a Christian-based communal order in Sugar Loaf that preaches pacifism. And since appearing last week, the ad has sparked controversy in the school district and the community and provoked lively First Amendment debates among students and teachers in the classroom."
Whenever I start questioning the direction of today's youth (which I find myself doing more often as I tentatively shake hands with my upcoming forties - must be a requirement of getting older), I'll just reread that article over and over.

Nicely done, Warwick student. Very nicely done.

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