Morning Call report, kids in Allentown School District are unable to check out books because of lack of state and local funding.
What's wrong with this picture?
I know, I know. They need no books (or newspapers) for their future jobs as fry cooks and as ticket takers for the Allentown Phantoms. Literacy is passé.
I was at William Allen High School today for a kids' basketball game. It was sad. As recently as three years ago, the 'Lil Canaries dominated. But all the decent athletes have bolted. Some play for East Side. Some don't play at all. They're passé, too, What's left is a broken team with a broken backboard. The score you see in this picture was at halftime. Mercifully, the board was started over the second half, and the clock kept running.
By the way, J.B. Reilly has an indoor half court basketball gym in his Saucon Valley home. I wonder if he enjoys using it, knowing that he obtained it at the expense of that backboard at William Allen, as well as the library books being denied to Allentown students.
I don't begrudge the guy his wealth or success. What I do begrudge is the diversion of limited state revenues away from important programs like education, school libraries, neighborhood safety, community development, etc. so that the J.B. Reillys of this world can get wealthier. What's the true cost of his development or the arena for that matter? It isn't just robbing the Commonwealth of some tax revenue, it's robbing a whole generation of kids of their futures.
This is what passes for "progressive" government in Allentown.