I could not believe what I read regarding the article “Just absentee brain-wise” — Payson School Board member Shirley Dye blasting parents.
I do not know where Shirley Dye gets her beliefs. I do not understand such uncompassion.
I myself grew up in poverty. My father departed at age 6. My mother raised us three children. She worked for the school district as a cafeteria worker. If it were not for the free lunch program, I’m convinced we would have starved.
I don’t think this federal program was “enabling” my mother as Shirley Dye put it.
She did not need to go to the 12-step program since she did not drink. Even the Bible says in Proverbs 30 to give drink to a person, to allow them to forget their poverty. I am in no way encouraging anyone to do such a thing for fear of it becoming an addiction. Perhaps it would have helped my mother to cope as life was so hard.
She died of cancer at the age of 49, but I believe she died of a broken heart. Being surrounded by people such as Shirley Dye who do not understand poverty.
I think it is ironic that the school board is pleading for a yes vote on the override. They ask, how can they budget on $1.2 million?
How do you think a mother of three children who works for KFC, Walmart, Carl’s Jr. etc, can make a budget? Do not her children come home from school with a list asking the parents to buy for the classroom? How do you think she feels with such demands? Can she budget that in?
She may not be able to get full-time work, or any, with the recession.
I believe she would like to see her children involved with sports or outside activities? How does that get paid for?
I believe she would like to see her children grow to be successful in life.
The truth is, the poor are oppressed and getting poorer.
Compassion needs to rise to the occasion and stop finger pointing.
I agree it would benefit Payson for Shirley Dye to resign.