Wednesday, February 12, 2014
To the Editor:
The new political mantra seems to be work less and stay home more in order to have health insurance. Sounds good to me.
However, the second part of the equation is to have less “things.” If the result is that it enables moms to stay home and rear a generation of children that have more respect for themselves and others and to do better in school, it’s a win-win situation. But … they will need to be re-educated to have less play toys and electronics.
Families won’t trade in their car for a newer one as often, dad may have to forego that new wide-screen TV or boat. Mom may have less new clothes, shoes, massages and manicures. Everyone might have to give up cable TV, eat out less often, go to fewer movies and take more stay-cations.
The children might not be able to play as many competitive sports because of the high fees and will have to play in their own neighborhood, fall down, get hurt and gang up on the local bully on their own – without lawyers. It doesn’t sound so terrible, does it?
Can we really go back to the 1950’s?
S. M. Salmon