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Sound Off for Oct. 17: What grade should students be introduced to ‘Mockingbird’?

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Two words for the people “uncomfortable” with reading “To Kill A Mockingbird”: Home School.

Anyone know?

Does anyone know of a travel group from the Gulf Coast that welcomes wheelchair-bound travelers?

I second that

Amen to that! I’ve been writing about litter and the shabby appearance of our Mississippi roads for years. I wish I could do more than “write” about this wrong!

You and me

To the NFL fans who are comfortable with the players and coaches disrespecting our flag, anthem and country. You have your principles, and I have mine.


Sitting here watching “Fox & Friends” and Biloxi is one of their morning stories. The Biloxi School District made a very bad decision and the entire country is hearing about it. Makes me “uncomfortable.”

Well put!

Thank you, Sun Herald, for your excellent editorial, “Please don’t kill this opportunity to talk about racism.” The editorial was succinct and to the point. Well said.

At what grade?

If not the eighth grade, in what grade are Biloxi students introduced to “To Kill A Mockingbird”? Or is Mockingbird too hot for our teachers to handle and too disturbing for our students to process?

That sound. . .

Did anybody else hear a very loud screeching noise about 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon. That was the sound of people from here to New Orleans Screaming at their TVs.

Shop local

I thoroughly enjoyed the opinion column in Sunday’s paper by Bill Crawford. He is absolutely correct. As a local retail business owner, I have seen a significant decline in sales this year. This is largely due to people shopping on Amazon in the convenience of their own homes. Please people remember to shop local whenever you can or else local retail shops will soon cease to exist.

Stand up!

Apparently, the lesson that Biloxi Public Schools is teaching students is that when any subject becomes “uncomfortable,” brush it aside, and pretend that it doesn’t exist. I have taught 8th-grade literature and know that this is the age when students are open to discussions on tough topics. Why are educated parents allowing the very few who are offended to control what an entire student body reads? Someone needs to stand up for students who could have their eyes opened by reading a thought-provoking book that teaches values that will stay with them for a lifetime.

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