by Alexandria Echo Press
August 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm in Alexandria Echo Press
Tags: Editorial, Opinion 4 Comments »
In the 60’s, it was decided to put warnings on cigarette packages. This morphed into bans and now penalties involving job selection and insurance rates. What’s next? Nutrition labels on fast food, prohibitions on muscle cars, messages on T-shirts, voicing an opinion on political candidates, and many more things involving personal choices? Achievers and producers are belittled as selfish and greedy while dropouts and addicts are classed as “victims”. The schools and media are partners in the transformation of the masses. Erosion is a slow process, but just as destructive as a sudden event.
Personal responsibility or nanny state? You decide. Elections do have consequences?
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“Health and Human Services’ website states that your family will be targeted if you fall under the ‘high-risk’ categories below: Families where mom is not yet 21. Families where someone is a tobacco user. Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities. Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forced who have had multiple deployments outside the United States,”
“The eligible entity receiving the grant for performing the home visits is to identify the individuals to be visited and intervene so as to meet the improvement benchmarks,” Cook said. “A homeschooling family, for instance, may be subject to ‘intervention’ in ‘school readiness’ and ‘social-emotional developmental indicators.’ A farm family may be subject to ‘intervention’ in order to ‘prevent child injuries.’ The sky is the limit.”
And ever wonder how a government program would be aware of just who is using tobacco? Or have a disability? Or exactly what is “low student achievement”?
BROWN SHIRTS ring a bell?? I’ve seen similar things where neighborhood citizen patrols were connected to city zoning authorities and could report long grass, unpainted trim and walks that need shoveling.
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Your posting quotes are for a grant program. You have no idea what you are talking about.
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I would think a lot would depend on the position for which one applied. The smell of cigarette smoke can linger on a person’s clothing and body. If one were being interviewed to care for a person with advanced emphysema, COPD, or other such conditions where the smell could irritate the condition, I fully agree that the tobacco used should not be hired.
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