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Published: Friday, Feb. 7 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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SEY
Sandy, UT

This letter may illustrate the level of indoctrination that takes place in our schools. There is simply no truth to the assertion that we would have no civil rights without military veterans.

I'm disturbed by the increasing reverential public attitude toward the military in general. As a Vietnam-era veteran myself, I've come to understand that today's military functions as a tool of crony-capitalists working hand-in-hand with government in establishing a new world order. Fighting for our freedoms or defending the county are not on the agenda and haven't been for decades. If anything, we should be cutting back on our adoration of the military.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Something I've always wondered... how does just not going to school honor Veterans?

How does just not working honor Dr King?

If I wanted someone to honor me... I would want them to go to school, not skip school. I don't see how skipping school honors anybody. After listening to Dr King's speeches for equality in education and the importance of education... I can't believe we honor him by not going to school! I assume most Veterans had the same feelings about school.

The important thing is... what would you do with this day off IF there was no school?

If the answer is... Hang out with friends at the mall, watch TV, etc... that's not honoring Vets. If it's just a day to goof-off... then it's not honoring Veterans to just not go to school/work.

If you had activities planned all day to remember veterans... that's a different story. But just yet another vacation day to play doesn't honor Veterans (IMO).

What had you PLANNED to do with this day of IF you didn't have to go to school??

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

As long as your parents are willing to ask the school to excuse you, you can take Veteran's Day off Connor. If your intent is to do community service to honor veterans, I would think one excused absence would be a small price to pay.

Or do you need your friends to be off with you in order for it to be worthwhile?

Shaun
Sandy, UT

There is Memorial Day. Which schools have off.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

I don't think you should be out of school either day. Instead, these days should be set aside for the community to come into the schools and teach the kids about the civil rights movement AND our veterans and their sacrifices. When I was a kid, we had a Veterans Day assembly--and that's where I first saw vets and heard them talk about their experiences. It was memorable and made me more committed to our country. Also, MLK and his movement should be a matter of all-day videos and discussions on MLK day.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

There are reasons we don't hold school on some holidays. You need time to be involved in the activities associated with that holiday. These activities requiring time away from school just don't exist for Veterans Day. It's not a sign of disrespect or anything. It's just not that type of holiday.

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I see the need Memorial Day off (so we can travel to the graves of our veterans and loved ones who have passed on).

4th of July (so we can attend the parades and other celebrations going on).

Christmas (we want to be together with family all day, so nobody would be at school anyway).

The holidays where you need time to be involved in the festivities or activities related to the holiday I understand. But getting out of school for Columbus day? Seems like you would stay in school and learn about Columbus all day. MLK Day? Stay in school and learn about civil rights.

Groundhog day off, UEA, summer break, winter break, etc, etc... how many more days out of school are really needed?

If you have a veteran memorial to go to... check out of school. But not to hang out.

SCfan
clearfield, UT

Do you realize that MLK is the only holiday named for a person? Other than JC of course. We used to at least have Washington and Lincolns birthdays celebrated as such, but now it's just Presidents day. That includes every President who ever served. Yuck! I think we should go back to celebrating holidays of named individules who have contributed more to this nation than just MLK. Otherwise, we should have no holidays with named individules. Let's just call it civil rights day.

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I think you would be hard-pressed to find an individual who has contributed more the nation than Dr. King.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Instead of looking for more excuses to get out of school, focus on your education, get the most out if it that you can, this will serve you your whole life.

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