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Letters to the Editor – November 24, 2016

Exercising Civil Rights 

To the editor;
I don't normally read the Sentinel, but today I picked a copy up at the Rockville Senior Center.
I was surprised at some of the vile and inaccurate comments from some readers. I have lived in Rockville since 1959 and watched seven children graduate from Richard Montgomery H.S.

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Trying to make my dad proud

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When my father was my age he had about three months to live. The lung cancer which cost him his life ravaged his body for close to two years.
The doctors in their infinite wisdom had given him but three to six months to live when he was diagnosed, but pop was a contrarian by birth and it was joyful to see him in his element telling doctors to kiss his nether regions.
He told me his greatest regret in life was spending too much time working and not enough time with his children – and that knowledge guided me in bringing up my own children.
I want to apologize to them for that – they spent a lot of time with me growing up.
Moreover I believe my generation as a whole should apologize to their children. The actions of the last few weeks, neigh the last few years have driven home a very salient point – we as a country have not overcome our prejudices and we seem unwilling or unable to learn from past mistakes.

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Police charge three in R.M. protest scuffle

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ROCKVILLE – Rockville Police charged three 17-year-old boys with second-degree assault of a 15-year-old during a high school protest in downtown Rockville Nov. 16 , police spokesperson Maj. Eric Over said.

Police reviewed additional video footage of the incident in order to identify the individuals involved and determine the charges, Over said. The case will be passed on to the family crimes division of Montgomery County Police.

“Family crimes division will get a copy of the report, and they’ll pull the videos,” Over said. “It could be a matter of weeks.”

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Watkins Mill and Gaithersburg students join protest movement

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Gaithersburg and WM protest 2Watkins Mill students, including sophomore Charisse Warfield (front, left), walk down Montgomery Village Ave. on their way toward Lakeforest Mall during their protest. Warfield said people called her and her friends racial slurs in the days immediately following the election. PHOTO BY KATHLEEN STUBBS  

GAITHERSBURG – Dozens of students from two high schools met last Friday at Lakeforest Mall to protest Donald Trump’s election, despite Montgomery County Public Schools’ superintendent asking them to stay in class. 

Watkins Mill students left campus at 9:10 a.m.

They followed directions of police officers on campus and walked on Apple Ridge Road, then Montgomery Village Avenue, police following them along the way.

They carried “Students against racism,” and “No hate, no racism no Trump” signs and intermittently chanted “not our president.”

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Vandalism and Protests!

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Protesters take to county streets after vandals strike at churches and schools

MP1 3780High school students from Richard Montgomery marched into Rockville Wednesday afternoon to protest.  PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

ROCKVILLE – Hundreds of Richard Montgomery High School students walked out of school Wednesday morning, and gathered at the old Montgomery County Court House protesting Donald Trump’s presidential election.

Meanwhile in Silver Spring, students from Blake, Springbrook and Paint Branch also took to the streets in protest of the election, chanting, “Love trumps hate,” a chant echoed by their fellow students in Rockville.

Seneca Valley and Northwest students also walked out in Germantown and Quince Orchard students did the same in Gaithersburg, according to Montgomery County Public Schools spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala.

While students voiced different opinions about the purpose of the protest, the common theme they expressed was one of unity, repeatedly chanting Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan “Stronger Together.”

“Unfortunately, the election was an election of hate,” said sophomore Allison Kuentz into a loud speaker. “Sexism won. Hate won. Racism won. Homophobia won. Trump didn’t win. And we’re going to keep fighting because we’re stronger together. Always remember, we’re stronger together, So long as we keep fighting for what we believe in, we have hope for the future.”

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And these children that you spit on

 

MPI Protest-0382On Monday students at Blair and a handful of other nearby high schools marched peacefully through Montgomery County to protest the Presidential election – and some of the proposed appointments by President-Elect Donald Trump.
While no educator authorized the Blair students to leave a proposed demonstration on the school’s football field, no one put up serious opposition to the students when they decided to leave the school and meet up with others.
The County Police escorted the protesters, urging them to keep to the sidewalks. There were no arrests and only one incident of violence reported – someone threw a bottle with no injuries.
The event began trending nationally on social media websites as it coincided with other protests across the country.
Many of the comments were denigrating toward the high school kids – saying they should be suspended or kicked out of school. Some of the comments were sexist, misogynistic and racist. Some were dismissive. Few were supportive.
I laughed.
The students we interviewed at The Sentinel – and some of them are available online on our website and through Twitter and Facebook for all to see – were cogent, thoughtful and very mature – unlike the adults who dismissed the kids.
While the high school students could see shades of gray in the election – mostly bitter adults could only see things as black and white.
For a voter who grew up and came of age during the Vietnam War this is really hilarious.

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