At last night's City Council, two girls Babe Ruth softball teams were awarded with a citation. It's a good thing for the kids to go up before their city, on television (and LynnHappens video), and to be recognized for something positive. Generally speaking, sports are a healthy pursuit.
Of all my time covering City Council for LynnHappens, I can only think of two - possibly three times groups of kids were honored for something other than athletic prowess and sportsmanship.
Where are the art and literary clubs? Where are the other positive activities? Not just in Lynn, but our society as a whole doesn't celebrate them enough. Or, maybe being in the shadows is a good thing for art. I'm not always sure. Sometimes it's good to be a geek in the shadows where there's more to draw inspiration from. I mean, if being an artistic superstar means having a print of your work in the lobby of every Holiday Inn, maybe that's not such a good thing.
But at least the Item is featuring a scholarship winner from RAW in today's paper.
I don't dislike sports. I'm just disinterested. I respect people who play them and I understand the values they can help instill.
I'm just saying there's more than one way to keep a kid off the street. Or, an adult.
This past weekend I saw the Battle for Brooklyn documentary and couldn't believe how gaga people went over a basketball stadium, to the point of an obscene amount of public subsidies. That's taxes! Can the arts see a little bit of that action? Just a fraction would be more than they receive, now. Or better yet, don't put our public monies in private enterprise at all, and just ease up on restrictions holding the arts back.
And how about showing our young people that art and intellectual pursuits matter, too. (and not in an MCAS scores sort of way)
And again, this is not to take away from the girls accomplishments.