Archive for Thursday, December 6, 2001

Public pledge

December 6, 2001


To the editor:

I learned in school from an article published in the Journal-World on Nov. 10 that there was somewhat of an argument on when and where the Pledge of Allegiance was appropriate to recite. I am a person, for one, who agrees with Austin Turney that it should not be recited in public places, especially schools. Although we do live in Kansas, there are certain minorities who feel that the "under God" portion of the pledge is not referring to their God.

In part due to the school board's actions, my school, West Junior High will begin reciting the Pledge of Allegiance on Monday, Dec. 10. Although it is not mandatory for students to recite the pledge, if everyone in the classroom is reciting it, people who would otherwise not want to will be compelled to.

I will be interested to see if anybody in my class will decide to abstain from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, because I'm sure there are some who won't want to but will do so anyway due to peer pressure.

Jared McDonald,


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