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Shadowed by Stars
The recent tragic events surrounding the death of one of Adrian Peterson’s sons highlights numerous societal problems of our American culture.
Lost in all the sadness is our pervasive indifference to having children out of wedlock. I doubt if anyone even knew that Peterson has children from different women. How can we say in the same breath that we’re sad that his son died, yet not feel sad that the boy was allowed to be raised by a single mom and violent boyfriend?
Also, Peterson’s decision to play right away is insensitive and selfish. “It helps me heal,” he said. What about the mother’s healing? She and the dead boy are thrown aside for the sake of others – including sports fans – whose importance seems greater.
America’s willingness to look other way when it comes to star athletes is hypocritically repugnant. For our sake, we care most that Peterson is able to play on Sunday.
But it makes sense: Peterson’s actions mirror our own. How often do we selfishly spend time doing our own thing rather than spending time with family?
The whole situation should be viewed with disgust. The more we care for fleeting moments of pleasure and sports than we do with family, the more dead children we will see, as well as perhaps the death of America’s soul.
Last week’s letter-writer (“Mismatched Votes”) once again voiced strong support for huge tax increases. She falsely thinks that supporting schools can’t happen without $3 billion in tax/fee increases plus additional local tax increases instead of just using part of the extra money we already have.
Recently another $636 million was returned to schools as part of $2 billion the 2010 legislature borrowed from them. In total, $1.76 billion has been paid back.
Our state’s rainy day funds/budget reserves are now full ($1 billion) after these funds were also emptied in 2010.
Both of these one-time payments were paid for with surpluses from the two-year budget that ended June 30.
An expanding economy supported by a watchful Republican eye on the state budget allowed this to happen. Tax increases, beginning July 1, had nothing to do with it.
Because these one-time payments were “one-time,” this $2.76 billion can be used to support K-12 education going forward. Additionally, tax receipts from an expanding economy have increased by several billion. Why not use this money?
I couldn’t vote for a tax bill that sticks Minnesota families with $3 billion dollars in tax/fee increase when the state already has billions more.
The letter-writer loves giving your taxes to a billionaire who’s profiting from stadium construction but she doesn’t mention that Minnesota schools, despite an overflowing state checkbook, were told to raise local taxes without voter approval. A tax bill putting a New Jersey billionaire ahead of Minnesota school kids is irresponsible.
Rep. Bob Barrett