Lo­cal sup­port for Ath­letes’ ac­tions

Starkville Daily News - - FORUM -

The Pro­gres­sive Starkville Net­work, a group with nearly 500 lo­cal mem­bers, stands in sup­port of the mem­bers of SHS’s girls’ vol­ley­ball team who re­cently chose to peace­fully ad­vo­cate for racial jus­tice and equal­ity by kneel­ing for the National An­them dur­ing their game against New Hope.

PSN af­firms the per­spec­tive of the National As­so­ci­a­tion of Sec­ondary School Prin­ci­pals, which states, “stu­dents must first know that school is a safe place where they can learn to am­plify their voices coura­geously and con­struc­tively. They need to be em­pow­ered to have those con­ver­sa­tions now so those skills are well prac­ticed when they par­tic­i­pate in a democ­racy and ul­ti­mately lead their fu­ture…. None of this hap­pens when schools teach a rit­ual com­pli­ance, even when prompted by a wellmean­ing re­spect. Com­pli­ance, after all, is a skill in lit­tle de­mand for 21st-cen­tury suc­cess.”

We are dis­mayed with some lo­cal re­sponses to these girls’ ac­tions on­line and in so­cial me­dia. We are dis­heart­ened that an­gry and hate­ful com­ments have been thrown at these lo­cal high school stu­dents. The anger and ha­tred this sim­ple ac­tion

On the spend­ing and bor­row­ing side, the hous­ing bub­ble of the 2000s fos­tered some bad habits. As real es­tate val­ues rose, peo­ple started see­ing

their home as the pot of gold fund­ing their re­tire­ment. They fig­ured they didn’t need other sav­ings.

Many also started treat­ing their homes like piggy banks. As home prices rose, they re­fi­nanced their mort­gages, bor­row­ing

more so they could take cash out for what­ever. Home equity loans were an­other means of do­ing that. Mine came with a check­book, mean­ing I could pay the elec­tric bill by re­duc­ing my home equity (the part of the house

that I, not the bank, owned).

To­ward the end of last decade, the bub­ble popped, and for many, the magic money van­ished.

Savvy Amer­i­cans with high net worth seem quite able to guar­an­tee clear sail­ing in re­tire­ment.

Oth­ers who don’t plan, can’t plan or are in too des­per­ate straits to put any­thing aside may end up work­ing for the rest of their lives. That pre­sup­poses they can work. What if they can’t?

Follow Froma Har­rop on Twit­ter @Fro­maHar­rop. She can be reached at fhar­rop@gmail.com. To find out more about Froma Har­rop and read fea­tures by other Cre­ators writ­ers and car­toon­ists, visit the Cre­ators web­page at www.cre­ators.com.

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