You can stop worrying about the state of the world. I spent the weekend with my sister and her husband. As usual when my sister and I get together, we solve all the world problems.
We’re still working on the world hunger thingy, but we pretty much covered the rest. For instance, we nailed down the root of the problem of homelessness. There have always been people who through choice or necessity, were wanderers.
It’s easy to blame the economy, but the truth is the problem started to escalate when the Reagan administration stopped funding many mental hospitals.
The deinstitutionalization of America’s mentally ill has contributed to increased crime and rampant homelessness. Reform was needed in funding of mental hospitals, but the steps taken in the 1980s backfired horribly.
The money saved by closing the facilities is largely cancelled out by increased crime, leading to overcrowding in prisons, mushrooming numbers of people on the public dole, and a terrible burden on the system which is now paying disability payments to the mentally ill, alcohol abusers and drug addicts. It doesn’t matter which pocket the money for these things is coming from, it’s all my money — and yours.
I know that I would much rather see the mentally ill and addicts get help in the form of proper inpatient health care, than wandering the streets, stealing, shooting heroin, and worse. How much of the money spent to fight the ineffective drug war would be better spent on mental institutions and rehab facilities?
•My sister and her husband also took umbrage with an educational system that forces teachers to “teach for the test” I’m sure the rating system for schools was wellintentioned, but the reality is that it’s unfair to teachers, administrators, and students. Without taking into consideration the demographics of a school system, they are all rated by the same criteria.
There has to be a better way.
Lucky for the Sandusky School District, we have a superintendent who is addressing the inconsistencies of the system and acting accordingly, to the benefit of all Sandusky students.
•Another topic of conversation we touched upon was phobias. Everybody has them whether they admit it or not.
Some not-so-common ones:
Trypophobia — fear of holes, as in crumpets, bone marrow, wasps’ nest, honeycomb, bubbles in doughnuts, ant holes, veins in meat, clusters of holes; Metamfiezomaiophobia — fear of mimes
Coulrophobia — fear of clowns
Christougenniatiko Dentrophobia — Fear of Christmas trees.
Leporiphobia — fear of rabbits.
Well, there you have it, just a few of the hundreds of phobias that mess with people’s minds. Try not to think of what scares you. See you next week.