Editor, The Beacon:

Probably Moms for Liberty should start therapy sessions to recall their own childhood experiences.

Some children have truly wonderful, open, vibrant childhood years. Others have extraordinary and complicated experiences as children. Most children’s lives fall somewhere in the middle. That said, these days books are somewhere down the list of experiences. The electronic universe is far more likely to offer nasty virtual experiences in far more disturbing and graphic ways than ink on paper.

So it’s hard to understand the perspective of Moms for Liberty in wanting to control access to all types of written work when most children prefer to watch their personal screens for graphic and, sadly, for emotional or valid content. In fact it would be a great blessing for children and youth to start reading again. But that train has left the station.

It’s hard to think that in 2023 people want to reset reality to 1990 or 1890. It can’t be done. Censorship is a fool’s errand.

Joan Carter


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Raised in Miami Beach, Margie moved to DeLand after graduating from Florida State University. She has a master's degree in community mental-health counseling, and retired after 12 years in substance-abuse treatment. Having worked at the DeLand Sun News during the 1980s, Margie came to The Beacon in 2002 in search of a second career. She helps the reporters; compiles obituaries, the calendar of events and religion news; and deals with a mountain of emails each day. Margie is the proud Nana to two grandchildren, Sophia and Alex.


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