Challenge to do what is right

Dear Editor:
I have been dismayed over the recent proceedings of the District 911 School Board against its high school principal.

Little is really known by the public about the whole sad situation, and many of those who could shed light on the situation fear losing their jobs if they speak out.

There is not enough paper and ink to record the countless acts of charity and good will toward men being performed daily in Cambridge and communities like it across our country—it is a testament to mankind at its best. Sadly, however, the opposite is also true. At a local store parking lot this past week, I witnessed the exchange of a child from one parent to the other after a weekend of visitation rights. The crackling anger between the adults and the fear it produced in the child was an all-too-common indictment of mankind at its worst.

These kinds of hurtful episodes ought not to be. Why can’t we just be nice to each other?

We who are mature adults owe it to that small child, we owe it to the high school principal, we owe it in our families, in our communities, both on an individual basis and as members of a group, to be bigger than we are in our smallness, to be better than we are at our worst. There have been many painful situations in the community of Cambridge over this past year, many still ongoing.

What can each of us do to be part of the healing process for those in pain and difficulty? As mature, responsible adults we need to challenge ourselves to do what we must to right the wrongs. What better time to start than at the beginning of a new year?

Kathleen Anderson