Volume 92, Issue 15

Tuesday, September 29, 1998



Tuned into la-la land

Re: Television can not be a parent, Sept. 25

To the Editor:

I'm writing in support of Ben Stephenson's letter. I absolutely agree that the TV cannot replace good parenting. For instance, I remember when my mom would tell me to stop watching TV and go out and play with my brothers Peter and Bobby. We would be playing baseball in the backyard and my dad would come home from work and tell us to mow the lawn. Then we would all laugh because it wasn't real grass. He was a great dad.

When I got older I moved in with my uncle Fred and my cousin Lamont, who lived in a junk yard. My uncle watched a lot of TV but the neighbours would come over all the time to talk and play cards. Uncle Grady was my favorite. He wasn't my real uncle, but I called him that. Those were fun times.

And I've had many other good times that I wouldn't have had if I'd been stuck in front of the TV. Like when me and my brother Alex and his friend Skippy tried to get into a bar with fake IDs. We had so much fun. Of course, we got caught when Mallory told on us. We were grounded for two weeks.

So, I want to say to the parents out there, please take the time to put in the effort that my mom and Ben's mom did.

David Hallahan
Engineering IV

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