Thanks to Dennis Eggemeyer from the PCCEO, we are beginning to get a better understanding of a hard working, single mother who questioned the powers that be last night at the meeting between the school district and the city which was held at Friendship House.
The feeling appears to be that this woman is suffering from a sense of entitlement. After looking at the video and listening to her plea, it is clear, this woman is not sitting around looking for a hand out.
It IS the job of the City of Peoria to provide a safe community so that children can go out and play. This mother is hardly the first person to ask the City to prioritize and think of what the people in the community need before giving handouts to developers.
Sure, there was a time when kids could go outside to play in their neighborhood and not worry about being hit with a bullet. However, I think we all can agree that those times have passed.
In certain neighborhoods, the parents who are trying to save their children from the street are forced to keep their children in the house. Paying for tumbling or traveling to extra-curricular classes is just not an option for most who are struggling just to get by in the inner city.
I guess one could say that I have a certain sense of entitlement. You see, I feel that I too am entitled to a community free from crime, safe places to play and schools where my children can get a decent education. My needs may be articulated a little more in keeping with what the majority is used to hearing, however, the mother in this video has just as much right to feel that the City owes her and her children a safe place to live and play as we do.
Bloggers blog ad nauseum about what they feel they are entitled to: the museum, the trail, the IMAX... need I go on? Just because we have the blog for a platform to speak about what we feel we are entitled to, does that make us any better than her? I think not.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
We are all entitled to a community that cares about our children