Kids should be allowed to be kids

Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 16:24 PM.

What moved this subject onto this page was my grandson, Bug. He and his parental “staff” are due from Japan next week.

He’s decided that he wants to learn to shoot, so to that end, my BB gun and carton of BBs are waiting by the tree for his arrival. I look forward to teaching him, letting him experience one of the tiny rites of passage boys of my generation enjoyed.

So many experiences of formative years are disappearing, lost from disuse or blown away by political winds of social engineering. Just this week the state of New Jersey moved to control BB guns. That could make Ralphie a felon.

When I saw that news, I didn’t get upset. Governmental insanity is invading every nook and cranny of our lives. Bureaucratic nonsense is in full bloom, fertilized and watered with egos and speeches.

Just last week a little kid was suspended from school for sexual harassment, kissing a classmate on the hand. Hopefully those powers won’t go back into my life and bust me for my fifth-grade peck on Linda Denio’s dimpled cheek.

My song dedication to many public schools is, “Dysfunction junction, what in the world is your function?” It must not be to educate children. Look at results.

With liberal politicians and teachers’ unions making rules and dealing cards, the fix is in. Have you checked out our comparative ratings in the world? Nasty.



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