Our choices for our future Carbondale town leadership, from what I’ve read and heard, are a man in a shark costume confused why we have 50 and not 48 states, someone who said “Who needs socks and underwear?”, someone who proposed boycotting City Market because the bananas were grown in some Third World country, someone who recommended basically everyone in town just pitch in $1,000 and buy the $4 million VCR land, followed by the recommendation that we use that land as “a place where we can grow food.”
“Deepening polarization” is how I’ve heard this country described, as if there are real lines painted on the ground we keep pushing back from. But is it really the other side we disagree with? Is it the other side’s fault we didn’t get the outcome we wanted?
The deepening polarization of our own individual beliefs as measured by intent and outcome is far more vast in separation then just a difference of opinions. Our best meaning intentions may not always have the outcome we desired, in the same way the outcome we desired may be attained in a way we never intended.
There are many such examples in history and politics. The two cities in the U.S. with the most stringent rent control (affordable housing) are now the two most expensive cities in the U.S., New York and San Francisco.
In the U.S., raises in minimum wages are believed to elevate the poor. In South Africa, minimum wages are raised by the supremacists to strip blacks of jobs, making it too expensive to employ untrained workers. Different intentions, same action, are the outcomes different?
My point is this: Consider all outcomes of actions. Be willing to accept even the most heartfelt intentions may not end the way we envision them.
While protesting a manufacturing plant for all the right reasons, consider the local jobs being sent overseas and lost revenues.
Consider every angle banning shopping bags will have on an area desperately begging for more shoppers. Imagine the goals attained and ask, “And then what?”
My daughter has been attending ballet classes at the Glenwood Center for the Arts for well over a year now, and she loves every single second of her class and the fabulous instruction of Maurine Taufer.
As the end of session approaches and the recital nears, I about fell over to learn what the center is charging parents to attend.
We pay a yearly membership to receive a discount on events and classes, and over $60 a month for ballet class for our 4-year-old. Our daughter is supposed to attend two of the three performances. Our charge is $16 a ticket per performance. So for us to watch our daughter and for her to attend, because clearly we can’t just drop off our 4-year-old, it’s going to cost us $64 – and that’s if we purchase the tickets in advance! At the door it is $18 per ticket.
Shouldn’t the arts center make it affordable for the people who support them instead of trying to make more and more money off of us? Shouldn’t the parents of the performers at least get a discount, or be informed at the beginning of each session that we will be expected to fork out over a month’s tuition to see our children perform? And where is that discount that I was promised if I paid extra to be a member?
Greed is not pretty.
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