Leader content inappropriate for schools

Posted 8/14/19

I am concerned about the overall content of The Leader, not only for my adult reasons, but for what it exposes children to.

During the school year, The Leader provides about 500 copies of the …

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Leader content inappropriate for schools

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I am concerned about the overall content of The Leader, not only for my adult reasons, but for what it exposes children to.

During the school year, The Leader provides about 500 copies of the paper to classes ranging from elementary school to high school, as an “educational” service.

Crime and danger are prominent topics. The Leader itself advertises with drippingly-moist parted red lipstick lips: an image I find blatantly sexual and sexist. There is little coverage of the hundreds of local youth involved in sports and educational activities, at the same time as there are multi-page spreads on glass butt plugs, a skull-holding burlesque queen in sexy poses and dominatrix costuming, and performance art by a naked couple in death-like masks shaving each other’s bodies. Is this the National Enquirer or a local paper?

I shudder to think of third graders reading such tabloid-like content.

Maraiah Lynn Nadeau
Port Townsend

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Tom Camfield

Do we want our kids (in my case great grand-kids) raised under a bushel basket or do we want to gird them for battle against present-day reality? The Leader's pretty tame compared to what a kid can find on TV or his computer/cell phone. The schools' job should be not censoring, but channeling, evaluating and discussing the state of society. Kids are always desperately striving to be part of a more-adult world. Let's hope the schools can help get them there through puberty without guns and other violence being involved.

Wednesday, August 14
Tom Camfield

Do we want our kids (in my case great grand-kids) raised under a bushel basket or do we want to gird them for battle against present-day reality? The Leader's pretty tame compared to what a kid can find on TV or his computer/cell phone. The schools' job should be not censoring, but channeling, evaluating and discussing the state of society. Kids are always desperately striving to be part of a more-adult world. Let's hope the schools can help get them there through puberty without guns and other violence being involved.

Wednesday, August 14
Marge Samuelson

I don't think that many third graders are reading the Leader. The teacher is usually in charge, and can choose what they read. I do agree the Leader tended to sensationalize some of their stories, which by the way weren't that interesting. I would still like to see more coverage of what the BOCC are up to and also the PT city council. There use to be a column on what was happening in the County, City government. We have a new county commissioner. Perhaps a story about Greg Brotherton, Kate Dean and off course longtime commissioner David Sullivan. What's going on with the Tarboo area? The resort at Brinnon? The fire districts. Schools of the county.

The Leader (here she she goes again) would assign reporters to cover certain JC governments, Port of PT, City Council, BOCC to learn what JC government was all about. Sports writers who knew how to report on JC high school sports, education, etc. The editorial page kept up with what was happening in the county. Jefferson County is an interesting community, the Leader has some good writers, they should give us that information.

Thursday, August 15
Dawn mohrbacher

Good lord. Children don't read the leader. Adults barely do. My third grader doesn't even know what a newspaper is.

Saturday, August 17