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Irresponsibility and Greed Led to Death

When I heard the story of the New York man killed by a herd of customers at a Wal-Mart, I was shocked! I often wonder the priorities many people have during the holiday’s and how they go about themselves during the shopping season. It seems that there are so many folks that forget what the Christmas season is really about.

While it is nice if you can afford to buy your friends and family gifts, it shouldn’t cloud ones mind as to the true meaning of Christmas. Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ is really what it is all about. However, I have many friends that are not Christians and choose to celebrate that holiday’s by just being thankful for what they have. Non-Christians tend to celebrate the holidays by spending time with friends and family and focusing on what is really important in life.

How it saddened me to hear that someone who was just working part-time, doing their job, and meant no harm while putting in his hours at a Wal-Mart was killed by customers that were clearly greedy and irresponsible in their actions. What does this say about our so-called civilized nation? When people act like a herd of cattle, with total disregard for human life, only to save a few dollars on some Christmas gifts! All of those individuals who lined up outside that door and didn’t bring the escalating problem to the attention of law enforcement should truly be ashamed of themselves.

I can’t fathom the thought of someone so eager to save a few bucks that they would have total disregard for human life. I believe life is precious and fragile and that everyone should respect it. Rethinking our priorities can sometimes help us all become better people, and keep us from not realizing the true meaning of something. These holiday’s are unique compared to others, since many of us don’t have the resources to spend the kind of money we usually do. While it may sound a little depressing to some, I believe that in many ways this could be a good thing. Realizing and appreciating the simple pleasures in life can help us to humble ourselves, and find other ways to enjoy life! This holiday season, lets all try to remember what is really important in our lives–family, friends, a warm place to sleep at night and food in our bellies; life’s too short!

Sunday, November 30th, 2008 Human Interest No Comments

Economics of Bussing

Alright, I just can’t take it anymore…why are we so stupid? Yes, that’s my question, why does government continue to do absolutely amazingly stupid things? For instance, with the price of fuel today, why are we bussing our children to schools that are 20 miles from their house? Does this make sense to you? I just read an article in The New York Times by Pat Wiedenkeller, that said “…“Everything is on the table,” said William Clark, Chief Operating Officer for the New Haven Public Schools System, which is paying $1.9 million this year for fuel to transport 20,000 students, $623,571 more than last year.

Ok, I need to read that again…yes, it did say $1.9 million dollars this year for fuel! We wonder why teachers aren’t being paid more for what they do–teaching by the way happens to be one of the most self-less and admirable professions out there. Instead of giving teachers raises and spending money on more technology for the classrooms, we would rather dump $1.9 million dollars into the gas tanks of school busses. I could write a 100 page report spewing numbers at you, but I’m not going to do that. I’m going to let you make up your own mind on how we should be spending our tax dollars.

While I understand the need for some bussing as it relates to special student events, we need to start being a lot smarter about how we spend our tax dollars. In Las Vegas, there are a number of magnate schools that facilitate unique programs for students. Many of those students parents drive their kids to these schools, but still a large number take a bus. While there is a need for bussing, it has become such an expense that we need to rethink how we do business.

With all the budget constraints facing so many States, why do we continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. In my opinion, it is time to make some serious and drastic changes in how government spends its money. Even more important, the way government spends money in our school systems; teachers deserve more pay and our students deserve the best education possible.

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 Government No Comments
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