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In Churchill’s Words – ‘Don’t Join The Book Burners’

Dear Editor

When I grew up in the 50’s and early 60’s in a small town in Tennessee, I’m told it was the perfect time to be a child, a time of Gunsmoke (anyone remember Miss Kitty?), Leave it to Beaver and Mayberry.

In school, we studied several works of Shakespeare in the “English Literature” portion of the four required years of “English.” Somehow, that stuck with me longer than the grammar and sentence diagramming.

Perhaps I misunderstood, but I thought I read about a parent objecting to Shakespeare being studied in the WV Schools? I am (nearly) speechless. Better writers and thinkers have come before me, so . . .

“Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, speech at Dartmouth College, June 14, 1953.

“Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without it being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.” – Winston Churchill

[I Love Literature]

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