The Outback

thanks Rotary Club

To the Editor:

The Outback Board of Directors would like to express its sincere thanks to the Rotary Club of New Canaan for its recent grant to the New Canaan Outback Teen Center. These funds will be used towards new programming initiatives developed by the Outback director and the students.

The generosity of the Rotary Club enables the Outback to better fulfill its mission which is to provide a positive, enriching and safe environment in New Canaan where teens may relax, socialize, participate in self-directed activities and have the opportunity to contribute to the community.

On behalf of the entire board of directors, staff and teen members, we would like to reiterate our deepest gratitude to the Rotary Club for its support of New Canaan's teens.

Ann Gervase, Grants Chairwoman

Christina Fagerstal, Co-President,

Outback Board of Directors

Students: Big Brother

is watching you

To the Editor:

All parents, students and residents in New Canaan should be aware that the Board of Education is in the process of considering a proposal to have New Canaan High School students "voluntarily" carry student ID cards with an embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) device. This is a shocking development because, if implemented, it will constitute not only a serious invasion of privacy but also an unnecessary intrusion of privacy.

America is a democracy founded on the principles guaranteed under our Constitution and Bill of Rights. No part of America must go down the path of a communist, fascist or totalitarian state. The mission of our public schools is to teach academics, athletics and certain important values to students. It is a gross misuse of our local property tax dollars and our school system's overstretched human, time and other resources to be working with a non-publicly-traded Westport-based company called Secure RF that is seeking a National Science Foundation grant to test such an RFID device (Secure RF cannot do it on their own as they need a public school "guinea pig" to work with them to obtain the grant and test the technology).

I do not know the circumstances under which our Board of Education even put this proposal on their recent agenda. There is something very sinister and ominous when our precious personal and civil liberties are not only put at risk but face the specter of being progressively violated. Although the intended rationale is to enhance student "safety" issues, the overriding and ultimate motive is for Secure RF is to make money. We should all take a stand and declare "Hands off our students!"

Cadets at military academies, military personnel, police officers, firefighters and certain government employees should be monitored by having to carry an RFID device. And of course, convicted sex offenders, convicts and parolees should also be monitored. But certainly not any segment of America's legitimate and law-abiding civilian population. Now is the time for all of us to petition our Board of Education to cease and terminate any further consideration on the RFID proposal.

Fred Chang

New Canaan