Yet the people of our city are throwing a multimillion dollar parade ... what's wrong with this picture?
Momlogic's Julie: I live in a city that's about to host a $2 million parade for the Lakers. We're also bankrupt.
I got an e-mail from our school principal last night saying my daughter's teacher is not coming back next year due to budget cuts. To say I am devastated would be an understatement.
This is the best teacher I have ever encountered at my school or ANY school. She is an amazing kindergarten teacher. She has her own website for the class, and offers "kindercasts" where the kids can even sing the ABCs with her. She is at every after-school event and fundraiser. She is beyond patient with the kids. She sends home amazing ceramic projects and compiles a huge end-of-year book that encompasses everything the kids have done through the year. She gives 110%. In short, she is amazing.
But due to state budget cuts, the school is losing her. More than 27,000 preliminary pink slips have gone out to California teachers. Yet we're throwing a $2 million parade for the Lakers. Yes, the Lakers are paying half. Big whoop. They should pay for the whole thing. A million dollars to these players is like a hundred bucks to you or me. Let them split that cost among the team.
Or better yet, donate the million to the city and forget the damn parade! (After all, many fans RIOTED in the streets after the Lakers won the last game. This is who you are throwing the parade for.)
The mayor has faced so much criticism for the cost of the celebration, he has now convinced donors to pay for it. Why don't those private donors chip in for the salary of my daughter's kindergarten teacher while they're at it? Why don't they donate that money for something the city actually NEEDS -- versus a freaking parade?
Sometimes this world just seems unfair. This is one of those times.
Kobe, why don't you pay my daughter's teacher's salary next year? She deserves it. If you do -- I promise to throw you a parade right in front of the school. The 5-year-olds in my daughter's class will be the most grateful fans you've ever seen, on or off the court. That's a promise.