A Not-So-Sweet Solicitation for the Troops
It’s not that I mind donating my kid’s leftover Halloween candy to the troops in Afghanistan. But when you finish your flier with the adage, “If you’re reading this, thank a teacher. If you’re reading this in English, thank a United States Marine,” I really must protest. If you mean to imply our Marines are the reason we’re not all speaking German or Japanese or, God forbid, Arabic, well, then I guess I should specifically thank all of my history teachers for helping me reach this point in my life, where I can look at a guy like you and recognize a yokel. At least you’re predicable, though; you’ve managed to reinforce most of the stereotypes out there about God-and-country fundamentalists, and you’ve highlighted the fact that our school administrators are often oblivious to the reality that our school system should be a demilitarized zone, a safe place where children can know that if their first language is something other than English, it doesn’t mean they’re a threat.
Send anonymous thanks, confessions or accusations—changing or deleting the names of the guilty and innocent—to “Hey, You!” c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill Ave., Ste. 150, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Orange County, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.