Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Clara Butler-Frisby Opposes Legalized Gambling for Kindergarteners

Dear Editor:

As a prominent member of a group of concerned Alamedans, I was apalled to see the headline of yesterday's Alameda Fish Wrap about some ill-advised scheme to get young children hooked on gambling, starting out with a lottery. Naturally, I oppose any sort of gambling, due to its inevitable association with buses. Now, I know that unlike casino gambling, lotteries don't usually involve buses, but I'm sure lotteries are just the beginning. Next it will be baby bingo, toddler slots, junior poker and God-knows-what-else. Is that what we want for our community's children? Kiddie keno? Is that what it will take for people to wake up?

Of course, my own children are grown, and so will never even have the opportunity to participate in this proposed kindergarten lottery, so I don't see why anyone else's children should get to play. I mean, supposing my neighbor's child wins thousands of dollars that my children never had a chance at, both because there was no lottery when they were in kindergarten, and because I wouldn't have allowed them to gamble even if the option had been available to them. Would that be unfair? Well, as my grandfather always used to say, "Are bears Catholic? And what is the Pope doing in the woods?"

Clara Butler-Frisby

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rog,

There is a simple way to eliminate overcrowding in the public schools on the Best Island In The World(TM). Instead of instituting gambling on our most precious commodity. The solution is so simple, I am surprised that it hasn't been brought up before, and I'm sure that the Holy Defenders of our Historic Squirrel Limiting Measure Acorn will support this: have Bevjo require EBMUD to add saltpeter to our water supply, this should begin to ease the overcrowding issue within five and a half years time and eventually reduce density and increase parking supply.
Alternatively, we should launch a public billboard campaign: Your Legs, Keep Them Together!

Da Man said...

I have a suggestion. Since most everyone here is in favor of diversity and affirmative action, let’s do the following: Send approximately one-half of the white students at Edison to other schools in the district, except for Franklin.* Then replace these students with other non-white students taken from other schools in the district (but a 10% fewer number than those sent elsewhere).

This will achieve three things:

1) It will move Edison’s racial profile closer towards Alameda’s overall school profile

2) It will reduce Edison’s enrollment to a manageable number

3) The “lucky” Edison students going to other schools will have the advantage of experiencing more diversity first-hand than their peers remaining at Edison. **

This is effectively what happens in San Francisco’s public schools and, of course, at the University of California. Except it’s the Asian students who are displaced by others. All in the name of diversity, of course.

Since you are mostly enlightened progressives, this plan should pose no problems for you.

* Along with Franklin (~50%), Edison is one of two elementary schools out of ten in Alameda with a majority white student enrollment.

** By far, Edison has the highest white student enrollment of any other Alameda elementary school (~70%)

Anonymous said...

I don't see anything wrong with online gambling as long as their are safeguards in place to protect problem gamblers. When you play online, you can play at your own pace, with no noise, no smoking, and lower stakes.

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