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Oct.__/. 22___/, 1970______/, Monitor_____L Monro______~e, Wn., Page Three i . LC; t tO; i tU U, C; u. U, September Burglaries October 15, 1970 Dear Editor: From your last week "Letters to the Editor", I guess I'll have to take the other-side con- cerning the question Of dress code for the stu- dents of Monroe Htgl~ School. I see oilr young people standing in the rural areas waiting Ior tile bus in all kinds of bad weather-early fall as well as late spring. I feel the girls need more leg protection than just knee socks, and should be able to wear long pants to school when they wish (I do not approve of the idea of shorts at school). The mini skirts are still being worn by our high school girls because the mid,, the longer length, has not been accepted by them (I can't say I like them either). I'm sure that I don't need to go into the fact that the long pant look is more decent than the mini skirt, and I've seen some short, sho~'t minis at school. Many of us parents have taught and expect our youngsters to be neat and clean and act like ladies and gentlemen at all times no matter what they wear, jeans or bathing suttfor a swim in the river. Respectfully, Roberta K. Long Rt. 2, Monro.e October 12, 1970 News Editor: The high school Dress Code states the attire should not present either "health or safety problems." I submit that the wearing of shorts for girls and long hair for boys does both. How? Take "safety" first. Catching hair in a lathe has already been cited. But here, dear parents, is a second .thought. That boy's long hair he wears as a symbol ot his autonomy marks him out as a rebel who becomes prey for the drug pusher. Health involvement is a real danger, but is dwarfed alongside the moral danger. It IS a moral issue. Trite or not, to whom (or what) a youth yields his faculties to obey, his servant he becomes. Get the pic- ture in Romans 6:16. Moral safety is involved. Now for the Health aspect. Who could deny thata nice slack suit is more comfortable and better protection than shorts or a mini Skirt? And while they are banning white T-shirts for girls, they had better eliminate skirts thatforce men teachers to throw their coats over the girls' -laps. In my opinion, bare feet are pre- ferredto bare femtntnttyl I agree with Mrs. Btderbost that the code is only "partially specific". I recently talked to a high school Junior. "I have very high ideals," she said. I looked at her neat shiny hair, her blue and crisp- white pleated dress, her hose-clad legs. "I wouldn't go to Monroe. Right now I go to a private school. I am looking for a good Col- lege. I think its important..." Mr. Whitfield had better re-check his statistics. .... A Parent, Mrs," Mary A. Keens 19226 Broadway Ave. Snohomish, W, ash. October 14, 1970 Editor: Congratulations to Don Whitfteld and the Mon- roe High School student body for their initia- tive in presenting the student dress code to the Monroe Board of Education. Unfortunately, and not unexpectedly, the Board refused to recognize the fact that students, too, are human beings and that as free individuals they have certain civil liberties. Reasoning that "school is basically a train- trig ground for students to get out inthe world and look for a job," Mr. Bond promotes an economic slavery that threatens to destroy the individual who dares to be different. Do we send students to school so that they might be molded into docile, unquestioning pro- duction units? Do we seek to prevent them from making any decisions of their, own. decisions that really count? Or wouldwe rather let them plug along, pacifying them with the sterile trappings of a too,l/less student govern- men,? Hopefully the Board will reconsider its hasty decision and co6perate with these responsible students. But if the Board persists in per- secuting the young people of Monroe, I hope that Don and the rest of the students make good on their promise and take whatever legal steps necessary to gain their freedom. Sinderely, Jerry Guenser Language Arts Monroe Middle School He/in Rite s He Id Friday Monroe resident Carl Levi Helm, 60, of 15907-171st, died Oc- tober 12 in a Seattle hospital after a brief illness, with services held here Friday. Mr. Helm is survived by three sons, J~ohn C. of Chehalis, Michael F.' of Pullman and James H. of Corvalts, Oregon; four brothers, Lloyd of Monroe, Bill and Leonard of Snoho- mish and George of Everett; three sis- ters, Mrs. Pearl Tern- pleton of Everett, Mrs. Madge Parker of Ar- lington, and Mrs. Rose Holder, of California, Lmimummam.Hm.mmunlg m OR GOOD BUYS SHOP MONITOR | ADS | and two grandcbUdren. The Rev. George Kopper officiated at services in Purdy & Kerr Chapel. Inter- ment was in the Mon- roe IOOF Cemetery. Burning money? A Chevron Burner can save up/to V3rd on your heating fuel dollar. CALL m,,,m YOUR STANDARD~ 0IL MAN IN Monroe R.S. Francis 794-7303 Standard Oil Company of California Don, I've never met you, however I know your father, your uncle and your grandfather. I feel that I should write thls letter to the editor rather than directly to you so that it will reach as many high school students at Monroe as possible. I, too, was once Student Body President (and on the varsity football team) at Monroe High. My two sons are similar in age to you and your classmates, so I feel rather close to the subject about to be discussed. In an article printed in the October 8 edition of the Monroe Monitor, regarding the school dress code, you very firmly took a stand that "there are certain legal rights students have~ and I intend to see that they get them one way or another". This one statement is what caused me to sit down and write this letter. Don, you may not have as yet realized it, but for some of the students you are leading, this will be the last formal educatlon system they will ever know. Some will go on to other types of education however some will go directly into the local community upon completing the school year. Your job for the next eight months is to help prepare all the students for the outside world. You must do everything withtr~ your powers and abilities to prepare all your students to be useful, happy, well adjusted as well as free citizens. I know this sounds like "the bullhorn of the establishment", however if the article in the Monitor was true and not slanted then, Don, you haven't started to fullflll the job that you were selected to do. It appears that you have overlooked many of the important traits of good citizens and zeroed your sights in on one small aspect - that of "the individual's legal rights". Any young person from your student body who tries to find employment in our present society dressed or groomed at the minimal levels as suggested in the dress code will be in for a very large surprise. Your job, whether you like it or not, is to help guide all these individuals into becoming (and I repeat) useful, happy, well-adjusted and free citizens, within the framework of society. I personally do not feel you are doing it. Please answer this letter either directly or through the Monitor as I read every issue, Congratul'attons on the victory over Stanwood and I hope the team continues its' good work. Yours Truly, Jim Keck (Class of 1946} 14401 Elizabeth Lake Road Palfndale, California 93550 October 16, 1970 October 19, 1970 Dear Editor: In consideration of students and respect of teachers and parents, I will attempt to put in wrltting my feelings toward dress code. I feel that since high school students are preparing themselves for adulthood they should dress as if they were going to work each week day. Good grooming and neatness should be as much a part of their education as their academic work. Neat slacks and nice pant suits are very acceptable for girls in my estimation. Since I feel boys should look like young men, long hair that would have to be held back with a clip has no place in the classroom. I have observed that when students are well ~orOOmed they tnvaribly behave in a manner r which they can be proud. Let girls look and be feminine and boys be masculine. Thank You Mrs. George Sandbak 622 East Main Street October 13, 1970 To the Editor: As a parent I feel I'm being ignored in re- gards to the student dress code. Parents are the ones obligated and responsible to see that their child is clothed and attends school. If this issue merits such attention lets put the responsibility where it belongs via an ex- isting organization commonly known as the PTA. The parent should have a say in what their child wears to sch6ol and the teacher should be able to regulate the students wear and appear- ance per the student's environment, such as classes etc. Larry Barker 16021 Gohl St. Monroe, Wash. Dear Editor: I, as a former ASB president would like to express my views on the dress code. (Oct. 8 article) I wish to state that I strongly sup- port the efforts of the students at M.H.S. I feel, and manypeople have and will state again, that a student's appearance will have no effect on studies. If some situation were to arise and caused a disturbance, the student- faculty' interpretation committee would settle it. It is also argued that a student must train to dress appropriately to look for a job. I realize the validity of this statement. But that Want clean heat? does not mean that it holds true in every case. For example the students of Dartmouth are ~ liberally dressed-T-shirts, blue jeans, beards, ~ ....... / and long hair. It is also a known fact that ~,..,'~:~:" _.rim Dartmouth graduates have the highest income mR:~'ANUAHU"I average of any other college graduates.' So, ~ a_n~ver j there should be an opportunity for those who ~ J choose to dress liberally. Finally young people today realize that ap- chem~Wosv ~ae ~~ pearance is not a priority. But the knowledge ~evr~.~,~g~e~ that is aqqutred and how it is employed are the i~,~'~e~ies~ ....... ' tmportant~factors. The sooner everyone realizes CA~LI~ ~ ~0U.R this, the better off we will be. STANDA.%D~.IL ;.:AN Sincerely yours, ~ " ~ Vonroe Dave Bonga . "~' "" . R.S. Francls 311 Chase Hall ~ ~ " Dartmouth College 794-7~03 " Hanover, New Hampshire -s=,~,,d~, co~pa,y ~ Ca,,.~.~ 93755 ............... , /deeds To Tour " VALUAB h II uUVall,,rea Now 2 Barbers - Ed & Don ~econd Dt&trtct Con- ~ A II n ~11 II alr~ll gresman Lloyd 1=1 M II ~ II . I II |"qih Meed3 w~ll ~z)end next i i v viv Wednesday, ~October 6 1 =7 E 28, touring Dural1. @/./V Carnation, Fall City, (with this coupon) ED LESTER'S BARBER SHOP (next to Larry's Foods) Open 6 Days (Wed, &Thurs. 'T|I 8 P.M) Coupon Expires Nov. 30, 1970 CASH VALUE t120 OF I [ ' they can take it. They must earn it! Sincerely ' Mrs. Don Creasey Route 1, Monroe October 19, 1970 ~noqualmie and North Bend in his campaign for reelection to the U.5. House of Repre- s entatlve . The congre:~n a n will top off the day,s campaigning with a speech at 7:30 p.m. in the ~noqualmte Union Hall. Dear Editor: From infancy children test adults to establish their boundaries. They gain security only when they find it quickly and that it is steadfast. Students all over the United States are older but ~till testing. Perhaps if we have the good sense to put down regulations and stick to our decisions- schools backing parents and vice versa- our children will have the good sense-to di- rect their energy to more constructive adttv~ tties. Activities that will build pride in our~ young people. We can't give them adulthood anymore than (From Page 1) 1 lost property, 6 open buildings, 2 found property and 3 malicious mischief. Traffic citations at 51, were down 19 from August. They include 15 speeding, 9 fail to stop, 2 illegal parking, 2 negligent driving, Traffic citations at 51, were down 19 from August. They include 15 speeding, 9 fail to stop, 2 illegal parking, 2 negligent driving, 11 license violation, 1 fail to yield right-of-way, 2 defective equipment, 1 reckless driving, 3 under influence, 2 license suspended and 3 due care and caution. Misdemeanor citations issued include 4 drunk in public, 1 disorderly conduct, 2 narcotics and 6 curfew violations Absentee (From Page I) ballot~ in her office at City Hall th~ week and next. "If people are going to mail back thelrbal- lot~, they should apply for them no later than October 29,, Mrs. Franci~ ~aid. "Other- wise there may be a time problem in gett- ing the ab~entee bal- lot~ returned ~o they are received by elec- tion day." Big* heat bills? Heating Fuel Budget Plan: even, low monthly payments through the heating season CALL c,,,,m YqJR STAh~A.=~ 0IL MAN IN Xonroe R.S. Francis 7'34-7303 *Standard Oil Company of California roof (putyours under ours) It's a good idea to consolidate all your insurance under one roof.., the Safeco roof of complete protection. That goes for your Auto, Life, Homeowners', and Health Insurance. By having one agent handle it, you can avoid risky gaps in coverage.., and eliminate wasteful overlaps. Look into it. 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