What is Washboard Express?

Washboard Express is a way for me to express my own opinions, to be a provocative gadfly, by writing a "letter a day" to the President. I may miss a day here and there, because sometimes my family with be my first priority, but my goal is to write a total of 365 letters, representing one full year. To say I have opinions about most things would be to understate the obvious. Those of you that know me, know this is true, those who don't know me, will learn that it's true. The Washboard is a reference to going back to basics and "keeping it clean," so if you would like me to post your comments or opinions on this blog, I only ask that you be respectful. So go ahead, express yourself, and I look forward to an exchange of ideas and opinions.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Letter #169... Dear Mr. President... The Absurdity!

Dear Mr. President,

I think it’s time to have a discussion about the “absurdity” of Americans and most particularly, parents when it comes to ‘protecting’ our children.

Yesterday there was yet another school shooting, this time at a middle school in Sparks, Nevada by a 12 year old boy that got a gun from his own home, a semi-automatic pistol that was apparently not “locked up”…

I find it absolutely ‘crazy’ that parents ‘claim’ they will do anything to protect their children from harm, except apparently, to lock up their guns. The lengths that our society is going to, to protect children is simply mind-boggling.
We claim to protect our kids... and yet...

Here are a few examples:  Just recently the Kentucky High School Athletic Assoc. directed its high schools to “not participate in organized post-game hand-shake lines/ceremonies,” due to too many fights. Sportsmanship be damned, we need to prevent our ‘kids’ from fighting by protecting them from an outstretched hand.

Kids on too many playgrounds are not allowed to play 'tag' anymore because it constitutes ‘physical contact’… another school in N.Y. just banned 'balls' at recess. Really? The answer? According to the district superintendent, “we want to make sure our children have fun but are also protected.” Protected from what… a ball? How much fun can recess be now? Our kids can’t go out and play by themselves anymore… they have to have ‘arranged play dates’… they can’t ride bikes without a helmet or roller blade without a helmet, kneepads, and elbow pads. They can’t skate board without all of the above gear, and most communities won’t let them skate on the sidewalks, but it’s illegal to skate board in the street because it’s not safe. Kids don’t play pick-up baseball or football games any more it’s all organized through the school or recreation centers. Most kids don’t walk to school any more, even if they live within walking distance, because parents are afraid that they might be snatched by some stranger, which by the way, rarely happens.

The point is, is that most parents go to great lengths to protect their children from all kinds of ‘perceived’ dangers, but they don’t have the common sense to lock up their guns. I just cannot wrap my mind around that mentality. We pass all kinds of school rules to protect kids from being… well, kids. We can even ‘protect’ them from learning sportsmanship, but we can’t seem to pass a single law that protects them from gun violence… it is absolutely criminal, and ABSURD!

I don’t give a tinkers damn how many ‘men’ shoot off their penis’, but I do care about the children in this country who are slaughtered by guns each and every day. Please bring this “absurdity” to the attention of the public because we seem to have lost all semblance of common sense when it comes to “really” protecting children.

Most Respectfully,

Marcia Reimers,
Your Gadfly Granny