The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Beer or School stuff?

A recent comment by a Florida education official is drawing some back fire, and while I think there might of been better ways to say it- he sort of has a point which reminds me of the old saying 'sometimes the truth hurts'.

School board member Jay Wheeler's comments were made in an e-mail response to parents’ complaints that they cannot afford the new uniforms mandated by the Osceola County School District, according to

"Everyone can afford Wal-Mart and if they can’t, they need to think about turning off their cable TV or stop buying alcohol or cigarettes and spend their money on their children," he wrote.

There are many people who are putting their children first, and who are still struggling and having problems paying for everything- living on the necessities and not enjoying the extra's right now, that will have problems providing the needed garments for the school uniform policy.

At the same time, there are a lot of parents out there struggling to make ends meet who will not be able to afford the uniforms, but who make sure to pick up that pack of smokes, or eat out 3 times a week, or drink their paychecks away each week. And, in those cases- I think he's right, cut out the beer and cigarettes, and put that money aside to help cover the cost of clothing for your child.