CEO Fred Koury's July column on child murderers, corporate morality and the record business struck more than a few nerves with readers. Letters expressed emotions ranging from outrage to sadness to fear. And while some chose not to blame recording executives for all the atrocities we've seen children commit in recent months, nobody wrote to say they actually like Marilyn Manson.
I read (CEO Fred Koury's) commentary in the July issue (Does morality still matter?, page 79) and, on the whole, agree with everything in it. There have always been "Marilyn Mansons" available to kids. Alice Cooper in the '70s, The Rolling Stones were considered subversive by many parents in the '60s, and who can forget the "evil" that Elvis Presley represented with his overt sexuality.
The bigger picture is the family structure and its gradual breakdown over the last 30 years. Growing up with a healthy dose of Black Sabbath and Frank Zappa never encouraged me or my peers to commit any atrocities.
Blaming Corporate America for profiting from bad taste misses the point. The tragedies you cite are appalling, but they are still aberrations. If there is blame to lay it rests with individual parents and their lack of understanding of the importance of their responsibility-that being the obligation to impart values to their children early and often.
Nothing would please me more than seeing the essence of the Ten Commandments introduced and reinforced in public schools. Unfortunately this will not be happening anytime soon. So my four kids will have to continue to get their barometer of right and wrong from me and my wife.
Morality does still matter, but waiting for the entertainment industry or the government to step up to the plate won't cut it. For every Time Warner that divests itself from garbage promotion, there are countless independent distributors who have no stockholders to answer to. They'll fill the gap. Whether or not my kids buy into the message is my problem. It's part of the challenge of parenting that continues to make it the hardest and most rewarding job on earth.
Thanks for a thoughtful commentary.
Plastics Technology magazine, Akron
Thank you for your editorial. As we look around to see what and who is influencing our society, when will that entity or person finally be held accountable for their actions? And speaking of Marilyn Manson, would anyone hire him as a baby sitter for their children? How about Hitler? So what is going on?
In chasing the almighty buck and "American Dream" we have created a society that operates in "tunnel vision" and lacks the time or interest to see what is affecting our future generations.
What ever happened to "One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all"? We are privileged to live in this country and God was absolutely part of the foundation of our country. We need to respect that!
I think it's time to go back to our "roots" and take our country back! We can start now or wait for the Lord's return and let him take it back!
Thank you for letting me express myself. As a parent and adult trying to make it in our country, it just makes me very sad that people exploit others for their selfish ambitions (the devil's work). But, what bothers me more is why we (as a nation) put up with it.
Jane C. Wolff
Electro Rent Corp., Brooklyn Heights