Thank you for a thoughtful, insightful editorial on the Parkland tragedy. I agree that there is plenty of blame to go around. Clearly these students and their families were underserved on so many levels and by looking at who and what to blame perhaps we can find meaningful solutions that will minimize the amount and size of these events.
As a parent of grown children, I am eternally grateful that I was never faced with these challenges, however that doesn’t stop me from looking past the rhetoric in the hope of not just “doing something,” but analyzing why we treat each other so badly. We live in the best country in the world, have the most opportunity to live successful lives and yet we are dogged by the same problems over and over again.
So, I hark back to when my children were growing up. First and foremost there was family dinner. This was a time to discuss our day, complain, vent, seek guidance or praise and develop a dialogue where children could feel safety and love. There were rules and consequences to not following rules that were clearly defined by adults, be they parents or teachers. That seems to be missing in the lives of so many young people.
I guess I blame adults for not doing their job where young people are concerned. It is our job to teach these kids right from wrong. I don’t blame the guns. Guns have always been prevalent without the cultural violence that we see today. My kids never had toy guns. Guns in my opinion are not toys. However, they were taught what guns were for, the harm that guns can do and the proper way to use a gun. They were not fascinated by guns because they understood that a gun was a tool not a plaything. They were brought to a gun range and given instruction by experts. It was part of their education. If you bring a child who doesn’t know how to swim to water, leave him unattended and the child drowns, it is the adults fault for not giving that child the tools for his protection.
It’s the same with guns. We, as adults must educate young people about responsible gun use and ownership.
What should and shouldn’t be on the ballot
I presume everyone knows we will lose an hour’s restive sleep – again- this coming Sunday. Net gain? An extra hour of HEAT June, July, August, September, early October. Cessation of this ridiculous practice should have been on Tuesday’s ballot.
What shouldn’t have been on the ballot was Sheila J. Lee’s name: the “me too” Rep. who does virtually nothing for her gerrymandered caucasian constituents nor little more for “her people.” If she really cared, she could intro a bill restricting ‘Flood-Lighted Vehicles’ that blind drivers (coming and going). Yeah, right.
(Former) HISD Superintendent is smarter than I thought! He bailed out of this revolving-door relatively fast to take on NYC’s gigantic school district … for the identical paycheck! Two Supers: less than 2 years.
I think it is high time the state steps in and takes over HISD; they couldn’t do a worse job than this bunch of Haters on last year’s skool bored. Seems obvious to me they couldn’t manage a lemonade stand much less the GOTHAM district for the 4th largest U.S. city. (Himsl’s “kiss of death” was the previous district member’s recommendation. You remember, the one who IGNORED Davis and Reagan alums to save the names?)
Concluding – when the state completes their magic HISD ‘fix’- the future HISD Superintendent should be on the ballot for Taxpayer Voters to decide…not just another wimp the skool bored wants to run all over.
Removing my soapbox,
R. Lee Young