We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The end of High School sports? You can make a case that kids should do their sports outside of school, but why is that any different from doing their chess, theater, dance, or music outside of school? Fortunately, such things are local choices.
I watched my young nephew play lacrosse yesterday(grades 7 and 8). What a hoot! Boys that age are so funny. Some are 6 feet tall and some are 4 feet tall. Their teeth are too big for their faces and they have the attention span of a flea. Most of the game looked like a dog pile and the shots on goal were all over the place. Today I will go see my other nephew play college lacrosse and it will be a whole different game. The college teams are top athletes who have given their all to get where they are and this game could determine who gets to the play offs. You are right about it being a local choice. I do not see Upstaters giving up on school sports anytime soon.
Sports should be a mandatory part of the public school curriculum. Private schools realize their importance for character and general health. In a democratic society all children, regardless of income, should have the opportunity to develop habits of fitness that will not only make them better military recruits shod our country need them
, but healthier, happier and possibly more productive citizens.. Healthy mind in a healthy body. I don't give a damn about varsity gladiator sports like football, butI think that lifelong intramurals
Where I live, I cannot afford to pay for outside sports for my kids. Food, housing,medical care and books come first. Thus, I only discovered in high school
that one of my kids had natural athletic ability thru a public school varsity team that she tried out for,and got on, for fun. A democratic society's public school should be in the business of discovering and developing talent [whether for calculus, art, or soccer] that will eventually benefit the whole society. Obviously, having discovered her talent,I now work overtime to buy the equipment, but my point still stands that everyone, rich,poor, or in the middle should be forced to get moving in school.
You barbecue? Inhumanely cooped up and diseased chickens, land and resource-hogging/ methane-emitting cattle, or effluent, dust and odor-producing pigs? Barbecue, that releases carbon dioxide, toxics, meat fatty acid pollutants, and if using charcoal, carbon monoxide, soot and ground-level ozone, as well, unless one uses a flameless slower-cooking solar stove or, at a minimum, lump charcoal from invasive tree species or sustainably-managed tree forests and chimney charcoal starter instead of lighter fluid?
You have a pit fire? Releasing carbon emissions and smoke pollution for the wanton entertainment of us Dem and Hollywood-Manhattan tribal types?
You installed an amphitheater? Regrading and hard-surfacing over natural coastal beauty for political theater and our write-off partisan-charity events?
You put in a lush, sodded lawn? The upkeep of which uses (potable) water irrigation, chemical fertilizer and insecticide, and gasoline powered mowers, weed-whackers and those noise and air polluting blowers?
Are your hostess frocks and the help’s uniforms made from hemp, do your guests arrive there by Prius or bicycle, and do any of us tolerate the less flattering light of CFW bulbs and rough recycled toilet tissue applied to our best sides?
Believe me, I understand where you're coming from and would like the names of your contractors, but Chanel and Ferragamo don't make shoes large enough to accommodate our “footprints.” What on earth are we to do?
I liked it,T! Of course, I have an organic, weedy lawn with holes dug by skunks and squirrels purely for the highest environmental motives and didn't grill tonight for the same reason...or was it because I am lazy and forget to refill the gas cylinder?