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Tim Costello Has a Point

Posted on: August 15, 2009

The Advertiser, Adelaide
The Editor, Dear Sir,

The Radio Rape Stunt and Tim Costello

Tim Costello is but one of many whose opinions are to be respected and many more agree with him but have not yet joined him to raise the issue of the slow but sure erosion of community values. It is those values that have, for more than 300 years, been the basis of our free society and the law.
Who would ever imagine that over 500,000 social delinquents owe more than $174 million in unpaid fines? – one third of the entire State population. Who would have thought, over 20,000 calls to Drug Help line in 2007 would double, or that the social interaction of youth would result in such harrowing media of blood and tears. The jails planned for Hammond have been scrapped. That they should have been planned at all is  serious testimony to a community in moral decline. The correction lies with children whose mindset has not yet been tainted, and not with the heavy hand of a Government, that recent spin suggests, might well be part of the problem. More fines, more jails and more police has failed, and a radical shift in the education system may be justified.
How can teachers deny their part to reinforce values in bringing up children to be acceptable to the society in which they live ? It must be obvious that modern parenting is not enough. The Three R’s are of no benefit if the  other two are missing, Respect and the Rightness of Things. Community values should be part of the major subjects in the primary years of the education system – where it all begins
Yours truly,

Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2009 7:41 AM
Subject: Tim Costello’s Warning and the Radio Rape Stunt


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