Reader questions youth's prioritiesFrom: Rona L...

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August 23, 1992

Reader questions youth's priorities

From: Rona L. Hankin

Columbia

Your article on 4-H livestock auction with a heading saying, "Raising livestock for slaughter pays off for young businessmen" [The Howard County Sun, Aug. 16] really upsets me.

One of the big campaign platforms is for family values. What kind of values does a 16-year-old who learns that money is more important than anything else in life? The article states that when the animals are sick they must be cared for and they must be exercised for good muscle tone. Are these children learning respect for life or as the article states, "...Lesson is learned in an art many corporate executives pay good money to grasp: time management."

jTC I have raised and shown show dogs for many years and put a lot of love, work and care into these animals. These dogs become a part of my family and I have a hard time understanding how a person can raise something so carefully to be sent to slaughter. I also have a hard time seeing what kind of values this really teaches children.

I enjoy the 4-H dog showing because the children who work and train their dogs and keep them in wonderful condition are showing how man and animal can work together . . . not the value of geting money for what they do. I know there are many 4-H children that do their farming out of love and accomplishment. I would hope to see that this is stressed like in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts rather than how much I can get for my prize that I am sending to the slaughter house.

Let's get our priorities in the right order.

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