CENTRE DAILY TIMES

3-1-72

 

TO-THE-EDITOR

 

Judge On His Ability

 

In recent weeks I have been reading the various replies by concerned citizens concerning the dismissal and reinstatement of Mr. Acanfora. As a concerned citizen, I have felt the need to reply to the replies.

In my formative years of elementary school education I was taught that in the United States a man was judged on his merits and not because of race, color, creed, or previous condition of servitude. However, I have found that in America this is not necessarily true. What Americans say they believe in and what they actually do are two entirely different things. As Americans, we are afraid to accept the freedom that we have created.

All I am asking for is a return to these beliefs. A return to doing what, as Americans, we say we are doing. I thought that in my country there was a separation of church and state. I hope that I am not mistaken.

As, St. Paul writes, “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth.” Mr. Acanfora was a student teacher at Park Forest. He taught biology and earth science, not the promotion of HOPS. As members of a community let us judge his teaching ability and not what some feel is his guilt by association.

 

FRANCIS S. PETRASH

State College, Pa.