My goodness, there are so many things I want to write about, viz., the commotion over my donation of two plaques with our National Motto ("In God We Trust") to the school district, the deceitfulness of the school district in misleading the voters as to the size of the tax increase, and a recent bizarre movie review in the Schreiber Times, that I plan to discuss with them in a separate letter.
Today, I would like to publicly ask the Port School District why it is using its official taxpayer-funded school paper, The Schreiber Times, to recommend in a move review that its students go see a film rated NC-17? Here are the facts: in the Oct. 29 issue of the Schreiber Times, a student wrote a movie review on L.I.E., a new movie about a 15-year-old facing problems leading him to become involved with an adult pedophile. The review advised Schreiber students to "make sure to see the film in theaters since Blockbuster refuses to carry NC-17 films." An NC-17 rating means the MPAA believes that "parents would consider the film off-limits for viewing by their children" and so "No Children 17 and under are admitted even if accompanied by an adult" (an "R" rating permits children if accompanied by an adult). Ten years ago the movie industry eliminated the old "X" rating and replaced it with the "NC-17" rating. Although rare, it is possible, depending upon specific facts, for a theater owner to be prosecuted for violating the state's obscenity law for admitting a teen to an NC-17 movie. The fact that the Schreiber Times recommended to its students, most of whom are 17 or under, to go see an NC-17 film reflects a serious error in judgment by the faculty advisor and staff of the Schreiber Times. What is even more interesting is that not a single Schreiber parent has publicly commented upon this. Most have probably not seen the paper, while others apparently feel this is no big deal. The only problem is that if any students follow our official high school paper's advice, they will cause a theater owner to violate his industry's code of ethics and possibly violate NY's obscenity law dealing with minors. I weighed the pros and cons of writing this, and concluded it's better for concerned parents with more traditional values to be aware of these facts.