Curiosity on Maris – great. I’m more curious about how the greatest city in the world has 17,619 homeless children living in shelters. That’s not counting those living 3 in a bed at relatives’ houses or some that may live in a car or a truck.
Priorities? In a national budget – yes. In a municipal budget – absolutely. Mayor Bloomberg, it’s beds before bikes (On the Upper West Side where I live, the street bike lanes are barely used.) Maybe every co-op or condo that sells for over 2 illion dollars should have homeless child tax.
The mayor is concerned about our health, and so he wants to limit the size of sugary drinks we buy in restaurants. I know that we all pay for people who develop diabetes and other weight related health problems. But, Mike, have you crunched the numbers on what a homeless child costs us – more years of food related health problems, lack of academic skills, maybe drug use.
We focus on our greatest at the Olympics. While NBC/Universal has tried to force us to watch by eliminating all other programs and showing reruns on its cable stations, let’s pay attention to those who face a challenge every day of their lives. Each child who survives being homeless deserves a gold medal.
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