Letters: The kids are all right
In response to the letter by Lowell Tieszen from Raymond (Public Forum, Oct. 29): In your letter you refer to news stories regarding the murder and rape of little girls.
Then, to cap it all off, you mention a poster for "Drag Me To Hell" at the local library. The poster portrays a young woman trying to reach beyond the grasp of demons. The movie was chosen by the Willmar teen advisory board.
Your last line was a doozy, "Sometimes the sickness is closer to home than we think."
Oh, please. To quote Sesame Street, "Which one of these just doesn't belong?" Rape. Murder. And PG-13 movie. Go ahead, I can wait. OK, put down your pencil.
Have you seen the movie? "Drag Me To Hell" (yes, the name makes me wince, and I like some horror films) is a slapsticky, horrific cautionary tale. The message? Be nice to other people, or you will pay. I tell ya, this female lead kicks butt. Just like the women do in "Aliens," "The Ring," "Resident Evil" and others. If I was trapped on a scary planet, I would like a youngish, plucky heroine who is much tougher than me. If these movies are any indication, she's my best bet. Now, there is a lot of terrible junk out there too. Saw "Friday the 13th," "Halloween," etc. Not worth watching. But, that's me.
I think one needs to be careful when trying to tie the work of the teen advisory board with violence against women. Let's spend time discussing societal problems that are a bit more tangible in the real world. Like booze abuse, drugs, domestic violence, and poverty. Let's leave the kids alone, Lowell. OK? The kids are all right.