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Monday, December 05, 2005

Bah, humbug

It's only the first week of December and already some elementary school students in Oklahoma City are getting scrooged: OKLAHOMA CITY - A Christmas tree that elementary school students decorated with discarded lottery tickets was removed from the state Capitol over the weekend after a lawmaker complained it was inappropriate. Rep. Randy Terrill, who opposes the lottery, said he spotted the tree on Wednesday when it was erected as part of the governor's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The Republican lawmaker called the Westwood Elementary School principal, who apologized and asked the governor's office to remove the tree. Sherry Fair, spokeswoman for Oklahoma City Public Schools, said the teachers and children did not intend to offend anyone. The teachers went to various convenience stores and got used lottery tickets, which were cut into various geometric shapes and placed on the tree. Doesn't this guy have anything better to do than pick on a bunch of elementary school kids? I'm sure they really learned something from all of this, mainly that it's apparently all about Rep. Randy Terrill. It's his world kids, you're just living in it. Still, it's really too bad the Westwood Elementary School principal didn't have a backbone of some kind to fall back on. Because I'm guessing those kids worked hard on those discarded lottery tix slash decorations with nothing but the best of intentions. And you know what they say about the best intentions. And the road paved with same. I realize, I really do, that there is a legitimate argument that kids this young shouldn't be exposed to gambling, but the fact is that lotteries do benefit schools and therefore are topical. It's not like they're benefitting from porn or crap like that. Gambling is like drinking, it can turn into a real problem for some people, but it's still legal. Cigarettes are bad for you too, but they're also legal and you still need to talk to your kids about them. I mean, with all the crap out there, if I had kids exposure to the lottery would be way down the list of things I'd be concerned about my little darlings being exposed to. And the protest came from a politician, not a parent. He must have an election coming up. Anything to get your name in the news, dumbass. Merry Christmas anyway, kids. Consider this a tough but important lesson: there are obnoxious, self-important busybodies who have nothing better to do than ruin it for the rest of us. Sad but true. And I'm sure your tree was lovely. So ignore this guy, he's a jerk. Even Scrooge and the Grinch got it eventually, this whole spirit of Christmas thing. And they're fictional characters. The Terrill guy doesn't get it? His loss, not yours. Seriously kids HIS LOSS, NOT YOURS. You go on and have a great Christmas. And hopefully your tree will be restored.

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