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December 28, 2013

Readers’ forum: Dec. 29, 2013

Collectivism has its darker sides

Professor Steiger wrote aptly about the social benefits that collectivism can bring in his column in the Sunday, Dec. 22 edition of the Tribune-Star.

Let us not forget, however, that collectivism can also bring out the darker aspects of humanity. The good of “the group” being placed above the rights of the individual has justified much evil in the past century alone. The unimaginable horrors of Nazism and communism’s (be it of the Stalin or Mao variety) extermination of millions and attempted genocides. The comparatively “mundane” blanket discrimination against women, non-whites and homosexuals.

Even today, when in the name of “tolerance” those who “cling to religion” are increasingly ostracized because they have a different set of morals.

Like many things in life, the answer lies somewhere between the two extremes. Exactly where, of course, is up to the individual.

— Dan Garrison

Terre Haute

 

High praise for McLean school

I started at McLean school, or rather restarted, because I heard that it would be better for me due to my difficulties with migraines.

I heard right. The teachers and staff in general are awesome. The students are friendly. It takes me back to my favorite years in school — before my migraine attacks started to be more frequent. That was in Chauncey Rose Middle School, which I attended four years ago.

It’s been four years since I’ve enjoyed school this much. That’s saying something since I generally enjoy learning. I’ve concluded that the difference is because here at McLean, every member of the staff that I have met seems to care about the students.

I dropped out of high school my senior year. I came back to finish and was failing badly before I transferred. Now I’m almost finished. I had always thought C-Rose was the only school I would miss in years to come. I’ve found I will miss this school, too.

— Abbi McKee

Terre Haute

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