Adam Shortlidge is the Art teacher at Darwin elementary school down the street from my house.
He posted on my FB page about this past weekend’s carnage in Chicago.
” Horrible…former student from Darwin was one of them.”
In the most corrupt city in America, our Mayor blames shortage of values for the deaths on our streets.
Whose shortage of values?
Not every neighborhood, he says. “We are a better city.”
Did the victims have a shortage of values? So many victims that Mount Sinai, the hospital on the west side, with their ER filled with wounded, so many wounded that they called in all their staff and finally had to turn the incoming away and send them to other hospitals to be treated.
Like it was a plane crash or a terror attack.
Perhaps he meant the values of the families struggling on the west and south sides?
Those who are still jobless in a period of official record low unemployment and economic recovery.
Maybe the Mayor meant the values of the families whose neighborhood schools have been closed.
Did he mean the values of those whose neighborhood mental health clinics he has closed?
In our neighborhood, the local churches and community groups have been collecting signatures for the November ballot so we can have the right to tax ourselves extra to reopen our now-closed mental health center.
The center he closed.
Perhaps after next April, the Mayor will have time to contemplate the nature of values. He may even have the time to write a book about it.
Lots of time.