HOLE IN ONE!
The Village would like to thank The Tribune for sponsoring a hole in our 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Your partnership enables us to continue to provide quality programs for children and adults with disabilities in our community. The need for our services is growing, and your support helps us make a difference in the lives of many families. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can ever be of assistance to you. Thanks again for your support!
Village Learning Center
HE’S NOT HEAVY
I have a close friend who has had a life-long issue with addictions and alcoholism. He’s crashed and burned many times, this last time in Houston. He was homeless because of his addictions and alcoholism. When recently released from jail in Houston, he made a choice to turn his life around and change. This is the first time in the 22 years I have known him that he has ever even said this. He walked 13 miles from the jail to Humble 24 Hours House where he asked for help. They took him in. He has nothing worldly, but he does have super computer skills and a great heart. He would give the shirt off his back for anyone and ask for nothing nor expect anything in return. If the guy didn’t have issues, he wouldn’t have a history of crashing and burning. Many folks who know him have trouble putting up with him because he can be a little loud and overbearing at times. But that is him. He, like the rest of us, has his issues and when you couple that with alcoholism and addictions you end up with disaster. Recently, I heard that he had been thrown out of Humble House because some resident manager there and his cronies didn’t like what he had to share at a meeting. One thing I can say for him, as an addict and alcoholic, is that he is loud, rude and obnoxious, but a liar this guy is not. He tells it like it is, whether anyone likes it or not. He was thrown out without his identification and funds, which were left in a sponsor’s car, and has absolutely no place to go. Is this how Humble House really treats people who come to them for help? Evidently, as long as they “like” you, you can stay and get help. The minute they don’t like you, the fact of your condition and situation means nothing to them, and out you go? Is this really how this place operates? This seriously is out of control. Time for someone to take a real good look at these folks and what they’re really up to!
A BRIDGE TOO FAR
Re: the “One Teacher’s Tale” story [Letters 3/22/2017]: I too am (or was) a teacher (at the university level). My job is to help students learn; it’s not to discipline students. I don’t know if your school has campus police, but it should. If a student ever were to hit me, I would call the campus police, and I would have the student removed from the class. If it were to recur, I would file an assault charge against the student. I’m somewhat critical of you for being too tolerant of a student’s gross classroom misconduct. Such conduct is unfair to the other students, for it interferes with their ability to concentrate and to learn. Several years ago I was teaching an MBA course at Ohio State. A student verbally assaulted another student in the class (containing males and females), and in doing so, he used the F word. I promptly summoned the campus police and I told the offending student, “If you do not apologize to the class and to me and promise that there will be no recurrence of that sort of behavior in this class, then I will have you removed from this class.” The student then said to me, “You are wasting my time.” I remained silent and waited for the campus police to arrive. Shortly after, three campus police officers walked into the classroom and I had them remove the student from the class. They escorted him out of the classroom and off of the campus! Neither the students nor I wanted him back in the class, and he was not allowed to return to the class. I don’t tolerate classroom misbehavior and you shouldn’t either.
MONEY BETTER SPENT
Where is our compassion these days? Our sense of fairness? The president chooses to fly almost every weekend on Air Force One from Washington, D.C. to his resort in Florida, costing taxpayers millions of dollars every week in travel and security costs. But the administration wants to end “Meals on Wheels” to cut costs. Is it too much to ask the president and his entourage to go to nearby Camp David instead on the weekend? The president’s wife chooses to stay in New York City and fly to Florida every weekend, costing the taxpayers a million dollars a day in needless security costs while the administration wants to save money by cutting spending on women’s health at Planned Parenthood. The president’s sons travel frequently to foreign countries to do deals that only benefit themselves but result in the taxpayers incurring large costs for travel and security, while the administration proposed an Obamacare repeal and replacement bill that would cause 18 million people to lose health coverage in the first year and rise to 32 million people in ten years – all in the name of saving money. Common decency would demand that you curtail your personal extravagances and take care of the needy and helpless. That is what parents for generations have taught their children, but this administration is turning all that upside down. Let’s call out this nonsense and let’s demand compassion and fairness by peacefully but vigorously protesting these extravagances!
B. Z. Karachiwala