Monday, June 25, 2007

High Schoolers with Cajones

According to this MSNBC.com story:

President Bush was presented with a letter Monday signed by 50 high school seniors in the Presidential Scholars program urging a halt to "violations of the human rights" of terror suspects held by the United States. The White House said Bush had not expected the letter ...

"We do not want America to represent torture. We urge you to do all in your power to stop violations of the human rights of detainees, to cease illegal renditions, and to apply the Geneva Convention to all detainees, including those designated enemy combatants," the letter said.
It's both a proud and a sad day when a group of high school students has the balls to say to the President of the United States what neither the Congress nor the media will. Suddenly the future looks just a little bit brighter, if these are the outstanding young men and women who will be running it.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Every April, I cover the Youth in Philanthropy luncheon for our newspaper. Teens from high schools in the county partner with a non-profit group, from people with mental deficiencies to seniors living alone, and they come up with a way to benefit that organization. They put on carnivals, play bingo with the elderly, collect toys and clothing for needy children, go bowling and even build houses for those in need. Mostly, they tell the audience they've learned that giving is much more important than receiving, and working with those in need has made them a better person. These teens are changing the world in a positive way, and they are living proof that our future is in wonderful hands. One girl put it very well in her winning scholarship essay -- "I've learned I can change the world one handshake, one hug and one smile at a time." I still cry when I think about her essay. It was based on working with children with cystic fibrosis at a summer day camp, knowing most of these children will not live past their early 20's, but they still go there, volunteer with camp and give of their hearts. These teens are changing the world -- they understand what's really important in this world and they're not afraid to stand up and be counted. -- Denise

carlsonjok said...

Off topic, but wondering if how you all are doing down there with all the rain.