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Letter: Upset Students Not Allowed to Hear President’s Speech


Please highlight the ideas in this speech that were so offensive that you decided to disrespect the President of the United States by not allowing our children to hear them. I, for one, am highly insulted and consider this a most unpatriotic action on your part. Not allowing our children to be encouraged to do well in school by our president. Unheard of! What a loss to our children and what a terrible lesson you have sent to them. You should be ashamed to call yourself an advocate of children. What exactly did you think you were protecting them from? I cannot find a single phrase here that I would not be pleased to have my children hear.

Linda Cavallaro, New Hyde Park

(Editor’s Note: New Hyde Park/Garden City Park Superintendent Robert Katulak was contacted by the Illustrated News and he explained that due to the first day of school falling on the same day of the president’s speech, and the confusion that often accompanies the first day of school, it was decided that it would be less confusing for the students to view the speech on the following Friday, Sept. 11 to coincide with the president’s wish to declare Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service.)