To Ed Rabel: Please calm down
Ed Rabel needs to take a chill pill. First came the over-the-top tirade about local TV news and now we have him comparing a GW high school student to Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot by the Taliban for promoting education for Pakistani women.
Take a deep breath, Ed. Local TV news is not 60 Minutes and the flap at GW is not a confrontation with evil. Local TV news is what it is - local news, local sports, and local weather. Granted, there is some truth to the saying "If it bleeds, it leads" but the same can be said of national TV news, although the carnage usually has to be more spectacular.
As far as Katelyn Campbell and the "slut-shaming" assembly go, the presentation obviously was out of line. Fundamentalist religious messages thinly disguised as educational sessions have no place in school. Even if one overlooks how inappropriate the event was, there is no ignoring the potential harm that statements such as "condoms never work" can cause. Some teens are going to have sex and condoms do work. They can prevent pregnancies and the spread of STDs.
Miss Campbell is right and courageous to call the question and if the principal did indeed threaten her scholarship he should be disciplined. It does take grit for a young person to stand up to authority. However, Miss Campbell did not confront evil. She confronted her principal who had permitted an inappropriate school event. Sneaking fundamentalist views into school under the guise of health education shows poor judgment. It was wrong, but calling it evil is hyperbole of the first order.
Manchin praised on gun control
I applaud Sen. Manchin for acting and speaking with common sense regarding gun reform. With 90 percent of Americans supporting background checks on all gun sales, Sen. Manchin is in the forefront of making safety for all citizens a top priority.
Please take the time to review the components of the Toomey-Manchin firearms bill; the NRA statement that this bill will "criminalize the private transfer of firearms by honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution" is completely inaccurate. The Toomey-Manchin bill is a much-needed piece of legislation meant to protect our children and all our citizenry.