Who are ‘you and me’ in fa­mous folk song?

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

In op­po­si­tion to Pres­i­dent Trump, many Democrats stood on the Capi­tol steps for a photo shoot that in­cluded Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings (D-Md., 7th) and many more of th­ese pro­gres­sive, lib­eral Democrats who sang Woody Guthrie’s song, “This Land is Your Land,” and the lyrics “this land was made for you and me.” Ques­tion: Who are “you and me?”

The pur­pose for gov­ern­ment is to pro­vide ser­vices that cit­i­zens can­not at­tain on their own, ed­u­ca­tion be­ing the most im­por­tant. This right should never be doled out in a way that dif­fer­en­ti­ates be­tween rich, poor, race, eth­nic­ity, sex or any lifestyle pref­er­ence. Many of Mary­land’s pub­lic of­fi­cials who serve as stew­ards should de­liver on pri­mary ser­vices re­gard­less of ZIP code. See schooldig­ger.com and you will re­al­ize that Democrats who are pro­gres­sive lib­er­als have failed for a long time to pro­vide qual­ity pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion in most of the ar­eas where African-Amer­i­can cit­i­zens re­side. Facts are facts.

Let’s talk Bal­ti­more. Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings (D-Md., 7th) has served con­stituents in Bal­ti­more since 1996, and dur­ing his ten­ure, Bal­ti­more’s third-world ed­u­ca­tion hasn’t im­proved.

Re­cently, my wife and I went to Johns Hop­kins for a med­i­cal pro­ce­dure, and in our trav­els, here is what we en­coun­tered: On Route 295 in­side the Bal­ti­more city lim­its, we saw the Horse­shoe Casino, M&T Bank Sta­dium and Ori­ole Park at Cam­den Yards. When in the con­cept phase, all of th­ese sport­ing venues ad­dressed the var­i­ous ben­e­fits that would be at­tained. Their sell­ing points, among oth­ers, were that jobs would be cre­ated and needed taxes would be gen­er­ated. Folks, th­ese prom­ises did not have the de­sired ef­fect. It is not that jobs were not at­tained or that rev­enue was not in­creased; it is that th­ese listed ben­e­fits did not help the most vul­ner­a­ble.

Out­side th­ese sport­ing venues in 95-de­gree heat, many peo­ple were walk­ing be­tween cars with card­board signs beg­ging for as­sis­tance. I looked into their eyes and I saw their help­less­ness. Con­tin­u­ing up the street to­ward Lex­ing­ton Mar­ket, we saw many oth­ers in need. We then took a right onto Mul­berry Street, where on the left side we saw many build­ings that have been in de­cay for a ver y long time.

Pass­ing Mercy Hospi­tal, at the next traf­fic light, two African-Amer­i­can kids, one with a squirt bot­tle and the other with a squeegee, were walk­ing through traf­fic search­ing for cus­tomers. Th­ese chil­dren, around 10 years old, were liv­ing on the edge, just tr ying to sur vive.

En­sur­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is the key. We should be fix­ing the ed­u­ca­tional malaise, not con­tin­u­ally us­ing the Band-Aid ap­proach, as Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R) has ad­vo­cated. His ap­proach is only a stop-gap mea­sure de­signed for the present. What about the fu­ture of Bal­ti­more’s chil­dren who are sub­jected to a third-world pub­lic school ed­u­ca­tion?

John Pe­tralia, Sun­der­land

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.