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posted: 4/23/2014 1:01 AM

Political correctness threatens school

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I saw in the Daily Herald of April 16 that the Prairie Crossing Charter School was criticized and threatened for lack of diversity by commission member Milton Wharton, who voted against the school charter renewal.

I think Mr. Wharton should be replaced on the commission for his poor judgment and misguided demands. The people of Prairie Crossing moved into that development to pursue like values of sustainability, environmental care, and community of common interests. It has been common in America since its inception that people live in communities that share common values and even common ethnicity.

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Look no further than Chicago, or New York. We have Bridgeport, Chinatown, Little Italy, Little Village and Polish town on Milwaukee Avenue. People living near others of common religion, values and culture is common. Social engineering doesn't make better communities or cultures.

In this case, the people who choose to be at Prairie Crossing should be able to do so without direction from outside entities that have no stake in the community's outcomes.

Residents of Prairie Crossings should be left to pursue the community values they have, the dreams they have of a better community with environmental care, organic gardening and food production, and a common love of the biota.

We live in America, the land of the free and home of the brave. Anyone born in this country has been blessed by God. It is a land of opportunity, freedom and hope. Political correctness is not an American value, it is from somewhere else.

Mark Scales

Libertyville

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