The Myth of the Boogey Man: Arresting Mom for Unsupervised Play

Tammy Cooper is just like me; she lives on a quiet cul-de-sac and she lets her children ride their scooters along the neighborhood street. The only difference between this Mom and me is she was arrested for allowing her kids, ages six and nine, to play outside watching from “only a few feet away.” All it took was the judgment of one neighbor and a phone call to the police that has turned Tammy’s life upside down. ...more
I'm not afraid of the police or the judicial system.  It is created by *us* on an ongoing basis. ... more

The Myth of the Boogey Man: Arresting Mom for Unsupervised Play

Tammy Cooper is just like me; she lives on a quiet cul-de-sac and she lets her children ride their scooters along the neighborhood street. The only difference between this Mom and me is she was arrested for allowing her kids, ages six and nine, to play outside watching from “only a few feet away.” All it took was the judgment of one neighbor and a phone call to the police that has turned Tammy’s life upside down. ...more
I think part of the problem is that people today often don't know their neighbors.  When I was a ... more

If PBS Went Away, What Would You Miss? Anything?

In last night’s presidential debate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told moderator Jim Lehrer: "I'm sorry, Jim, I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually I like you, too. But I'm not going to -- I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for [it]." Which got us thinking: What would a PBS-free TV landscape look like? Which PBS show -- if any -- would you miss most? ...more
When we had to switch to basic cable for financial reasons, PBS was my family's lifeline to ... more