Saturday, October 20, 2012

Student Bullied By Teacher For Wearing Pro-Romney T-Shirt

Did you hear about this story out of Pennsylvania? A high school math teacher ordered a 16-year-old student to leave the classroom or remove her clothing when she walked into class wearing a “Romney\Ryan” t-shirt. The teacher told her that the school was a Democratic school and Republican t-shirts weren’t allowed there. The teacher, who is black, said it would be like her wearing a KKK shirt.

The student — bless her stoic , seemingly Republican heart — stood her ground and refused to leave or take off the shirt. The teachers was removed from the classroom after the girl’s parents complained. But in a strange twist of loyalty and logic, some other students at the school held a rally for the TEACHER, saying that she had a First Amendment right to tell the student to leave her classroom.

What about the student’s right to free speech?

Perhaps I should mention that at this particular school — Charles Carroll High School — you’d be hard-pressed to find even one American flag, and the Pledge of Allegiance is NEVER recited.

The latest news is that the teacher is now receiving anonymous death threats, and the student is afraid to return to school because of all the taunting she has been getting from other students.
What is it about presidential elections that bring out the worst in people?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Redistribution of Wealth Starts With A Bus Pass

     Yesterday, I got my first taste of what it would be like with Obama in office another four unbearably long years. My eldest daughter is in college, and in the process of making a tuition payment, I discovered that she was being charged all kinds of silly fees. If you've ever been through Escrow, you know what I'm talking about.

     Anyhow, she was being charged a $27 Transportation Fee. Huh? We just bought her a car this summer so that she would be able to get to and from school on her own. We 're paying for her car insurance, too -- and we even threw in a AAA card for roadside assistance. The girl is completely dialed in to get to and from school on her own.

     So I called the college and discovered that the "Transportation Fee" was to help offset the high cost of bus passes for all the other students who had to take the bus. As the traffic czar told me, "Bus passes are about $340 a year, and most of our students can't afford that. So this helps bring the cost down."

     I explained to him that my daughter had her own car and wouldn't ever need to take the bus, and that I wanted the $27 fee waived. Call me heartless (or a right-winger, some might say) but I don't think we should have to pay for the cost of other students' bus fare. That's THEIR parents' expense, not mine.

     So I suggested that perhaps some of that collective $27 per student go toward helping to offset my daughter's gas costs getting to and from school. That seems fair, doesn't it?

     Complete silence on the other end of the phone. -->