A moment to reflect

DSCN1172By 2005 I’d had enough. My custom electronics business, while very successful, was destroying me. I was stressed all the time, I lost weight, I couldn’t sleep, I drank too much.

Worst of all was what it was doing to my family. I was fighting with my wife and neglecting my children, who were 6 and 4 at the time. Even when I was home, I couldn’t leave work.

So I quit. We moved to Tucson and the kids started attending a charter school, named Presidio. They liked it and so, after their first year I applied for and got a job teaching high school English there (the school is K-12).

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It’s time for schools to buy their own politicians

I’m angry. The Arizona Legislature just passed the new budget and, as expected, education got gutted. Why does this keep happening? The answer is simple: money in elections. As in, it costs a lot of money to win an election. Where does that money come from mostly? Special interests (like the private prison industry). You take their money, you better vote the way they want or when the next election rolls around they will give it to someone else and you’ll be out of a job.

The answer? Schools need to buy their own politicians. That’s the only way they’ll ever get listened to. What if every school in this state, every kindergarten, every university, announced that on an upcoming Saturday they’re all going to hold bake sales. When asked why, every one of them answers the same: We need the money to buy our own politicians.

You think that would make the national news? You think anyone would pay any attention? Does anyone have any better ideas?