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Why are so many young people so alienated?

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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:00 am

In its 60 years of existence, Lodi's Community Band has come a long way — the pride of Lodi. Much credit can be given to former conductor Robert Gross, who himself is a Lodi musical treasure. It's nice to see Art Holton Jr. give youth bands a chance to perform. The Tokay High Symphonic Band showed that music is alive and well.

Instead of more gun laws, the question is why are so many young people so alienated?

The women's movement denigrated motherhood — you were nothing if you didn't have a job, preferably a career. Men were the enemy, and over time emasculated. Sex has been divorced from procreation, and pregnancy, a very natural event, has been viewed as a disease.

Paul Erhlich's "The Population Bomb" created a hysteric reaction to overpopulation leading to abortion on demand in the U.S. and Europe and forced abortion in China. There has been an explosion of sex education in the schools. After the last election, Tom Sullivan was talking with a radio caller wondering why the younger generation was so in favor of same-sex marriage. The school system has promoted gay marriage — remember "Heather Has Two Mommies." This was perfect since it didn't produce children.

One of the most disastrous events was in the late '60s when we were forced into unification. We got huge schools. The "cost savings" are eaten up in vast school busing and high gas costs. We now have huge outlays to provide free breakfasts and lunches for ever more children. Too many of our children spend two hours or more a day on the bus. They are in huge schools where they get lost in the shuffle. Students who find a home on sports teams, band, chorus or other activities are the lucky ones.

Education has fostered alienation. We pass students from grade to grade because holding them back would hurt their little psyches. Kids aren't stupid. When they can't keep up, they are programmed for failure. We promote dropping out by shoving them in college prep classes instead of helping them learn a trade or some useful skill.

Phyllis Roche


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  • robert maurer posted at 2:56 pm on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 483

    Here is something that Mrs.Paden has never compared in public because she and other English teachers of her time have too much class to: should we talk of the annals of history or the anals? You pick.

  • robert maurer posted at 2:29 pm on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 483

    many women nowadays are forced to work because the jobs that men did have been degraded and the pay scale lowered because of cheaper labor, from home construction to auto repair and everything in between. Many women balance between being a working mom and a stay at home and take care of the kids mom. Some of the brighter women choose a career in which they have funds coming in no matter what.Most of these women do not feel compromised by having children. The hardest job a woman can have is doing both and I salute them. Being a mother to one's children is not denigrating and has never been,except in the views of some, who don't matter.

  • Bobcatbob Ingram posted at 2:23 pm on Sat, Mar 2, 2013.

    99er Posts: 119

    Phyllis, I agree with some of your comment, especially the loss of status for wives and Mothers.

  • Todd Cronin posted at 12:14 pm on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    Todd Posts: 143

    Is this not the same phyllis roche that
    warned us about the pro-commie agenda
    that is the curriculum being taught in
    some institutions of learning..............

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 10:42 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1669

    You have to be careful what you think about all your live long days for when you age and dementia sets in it all comes out in a garbeled incoherent fashion. Think positive thoughts and even if garbeled you sound plesant and people will say nice things about you rather than be repulsed by you.

  • Jonathan Shinn posted at 10:19 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    JRS Posts: 9

    Wow. This one really runs the gamut.

  • robert maurer posted at 9:54 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 483

    Wow! So that is/was right/wrong with me and others like me! I'm so relieved! Thanks Dr. Phyllis! [lol]

  • Jackson Scott posted at 7:19 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    Rick, I do not know PR, but I'm guessing she has to be 70 years old plus.

    "Sex has been divorced from procreation..."

    Wow! If I were to only have sex to procreate I'd be in one heck of a dry spell! Phyllis, sex is a beautiful, loving, intimate & passionate act between two consenting adults who might be married, partners living together, dating, and yes, even a one-night stand hookup. Your Puritan views are as outdated as Ozzie & Harriett.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 7:17 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1601

    Wow praise for Lodi community band, denouncing the womens movement, a shout out for Tom Sullivan, a critique of The Population Bomb, slamming gay marriage and when was the last time you heard someone camplaign abour school bussing? All this in one letter and my favorite statement "Sex has been divorced from procreation, and pregnancy, a very natural event, has been viewed as a disease." really since when? Got to be one of the strangest letters I've seen.

  • Rick Houdack posted at 5:25 am on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 188

    Poor old Phyllis.


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