Forum: Much blame lies with parents
March 15, 2013 9:54PM
Updated: April 18, 2013 6:58AM
We have vilified and fired teachers and closed many Chicago Public Schools — only to replace them with money-making charter schools that are funded with public money and where the children are not progressing any better academically.
Taxpayers have provided current instructional materials and supplies, while carpetbaggers who were in need of employment, usually getting huge salaries, were hired to run the school system and still the children are not achieving.
It is now time to put the blame where it really belongs, a place where politicians do not want to go.
How many parents support the schools and teachers, check to ensure that homework is completed, attend conferences, talk to their children about proper school behavior and ensure that necessary supplies are purchased?
Parents, you are primarily responsible for your children not progressing.
Don’t tread on me
Count me as one of the people who thinks a ban on hand-held cellphones while driving is unwanted interference in their personal lives. I agree with the texting ban. I do not agree with the cellphone ban.
Yes, you can get distracted by talking, like you can by 10 other things. What’s next, banning us from eating fast food while driving? Think I’m exaggerating? I can see it now, the ban will be proposed not just for safety but also as a way to fight the obesity “crisis.”
All these bans — of everything from cellphones to energy drinks to tanning beds — is one of the reasons why people are leaving Illinois in droves. In 1976, we had 26 electoral votes. After the next census, we’ll be lucky to have 16.
Bad enough that the state’s economy and financial condition are awful, gasoline and taxes are high, now we’ve got these clowns wanting to poke into everything we do. Leave us alone already!
Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community
Problem with abandoned horses
Years ago, when stables could lease land cheaply and run boarding and livery operations, there were methods in which horses that had become too old or infirm could be relinquished. For horses sick or dying, meat renderers would humanely kill them and sell the meat for dog food. Or owners could sell a horse to a stable for the livery line.
Unfortunately, both methods have largely disappeared. The meat operations closed. The costs of running a stable, including feed and liability insurance, have risen so high that most stables whose mainstay was livery have closed.
The result is that owners who cannot afford their horses anymore are releasing them, making them vulnerable to being hit by vehicles, starvation or the elements. The horse is a beautiful and noble creature who deserves humane and loving treatment. Those who cannot afford them should not buy them in the first place.
Marie E. Roman