Be a bit more discrepant in your judgement and in your bashings of Terry Lucas Mr. Shiel. I'm assuming you don't know her and you don't know the town of Westhampton. I'm also assuming you didn't grow up in Westhampton and go through their public school system. I did. I wasn't in Westhampton when all of this craziness began, I was studying in the city and stayed out of the mess as to not drive myself completely insane, but I can tell you this:I am always amazed at how so many people, like Terry Lucas, confuse community standards with censorship. Nobody is saying those students cannot read the books in question, only that the school system should not be recommending them to the students.
I have not read Picoult's books, so cannot comment on them. I have read numerous books by Patterson but grew weary of his pandering to the basest elements. I would not consider any of his books suitable for 9th grade students.
Parents, who pay for the public school system, have a right to insist on careful review of selected books and to have their voices -- as the PARENTS -- heard.
I strongly support the parents who clearly take their parenting seriously. None of who have suggested that these books should be banned from local bookstores or from being published. That, Terry Lucas, is censorship, not the actions you're railing against. Grow up.
Publisher, Slipdown Mountain Publications LLC
Terry is one of the only people that involves themselves with the Westhampton community and school system that /doesn't/ need to grow up.
Thinking of the state of ignorance and pomp, and subversively zealous synthetics that set the tone in Westhampton still makes my blood boil in an instant and ache for the common decency and sense of community you can find just on the other side of Manhattan. I would do anything for Westhampton's natural beauty to take back the human spirit and sense of mind it rightfully deserves.
This issue was not about books. It was not about censorship and it was not about parenting. It was about personal ego and materialistically driven power, and every community issue in the area will continue to be so until something starts to change. "Grow up Terry Lucas" --thats a nice one, its the antithesis of everything that needs to occur and all the hidden truths that should be common logic but for some reason drip from the tongue with no outward penetration or effect. There is a sense of personal entitlement and cultivated affectation that turns so many in this community into synthesized barbie-dogs biting at the line to be the first and foremost imparters of their own snarl-fed take on a preordained and insentient tomb of a world. And they're all, perhaps unconsciously, out for the taste of someone's honest and unaffected blood--to fill that blood with saccharine and to slap everyone on the hands before listening to--or even just /hearing/--their sense so they can keep up an artificial microcosm of false security and artificial control. It makes living in a sometimes lying and seemingly overpowering and intimidating world easy, at the small cost of internal freedom, personal spirit, aesthetics, and common sense (not to mention the natural wold, but that's another story).
Did you know anyone that steps outside on the sidewalk of Westhampton and starts strumming a 3 minute song on a guitar without a permit is likely to get confronted and stopped by police before they can even finish the song?
I used to get culture shock when I went upstate and the person making me a sandwich would actual smile and talk to me. Unfathomable right! I know...