I, like many others, am appalled that at least six of the wonderful Dr. Seuss books – books from which countless children have learned to read, and which children of all ages have loved for decades – are being ” canceled” by public libraries and schools.

People need to speak up and express their concerns about this authoritarian lunacy. When we ban the “messages” in such tales as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, we not only penalize our children but also confiscate their ability to hope and dream.

Will Mother Goose, the Old Woman in the Shoe, Jack and the Beanstalk, the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and countless other childhood masterpieces also be part of this crazy “cancel culture?” Remember, not all fairy tales and nursery rhymes ended with “… and they lived happily ever after.”

Redraw the offending illustrations for publication? Of course! However, if we want to ban “fairy tales” altogether, one can look to the fantasies being spun by the governments in Washington, D.C., and Richmond right now. Think you know the ending? Think it’ll read, “… and they lived happily?"

Deborah McCormick, Fort Valley