Allison McCoy, I don't know where you get your information (Mailbag, Dec. 31), but I have been reading John Rosemond's column in the Democrat-Herald every Sunday for years.

I have never read any reference by him to any form of religion. What he does have is a common sense approach to parenting, which is bound to rile up the $500-an-hour psychologists. I grew up right here in Lebanon, and in the 1940s, '50s, and early '60s, common sense was the guideline for, well, everything. Parents were to be good leaders, but leaders nonetheless. Children were taught to obey until they had the wisdom and experience to function on their own.

Then came the hippies. I spent a lot of 1967 in San Francisco, and I do recall them coining the phrase "question authority," which over the years evolved into "defy authority." Modern psychologists were telling parents to give more authority to their kids, but to be more submissive. So there went the discipline. Discipline is the thing that keeps civilizations civil. Without it, we see kids that have been led to believe they are the center of the universe, then when that is challenged, they get a gun and shoot up their own school. I don't call that civil.

So while Allison is warning all you folks out there about John Rosemond, I would like to invite you to read his column every Sunday. Because I have 71 years of real-life and four happy successful children that say his way still works.

John Leard

Lebanon (Jan. 3)

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