From Scott Hoezee
My son started college last week and a couple days prior, he and I were out and about running last-minute errands to get him ready for the move to the dorm. In between stops, the news on NPR came on the car radio, including a report from that day's funeral for Michael Brown. An excerpt of Rev. Al Sharpton's message was played and at one point we heard Sharpton say something to the effect that it says something about our society when local police forces can get decked out by the government with military grade equipment even as local public schools cannot get the funds they need to deliver top-flight education to every child.
That comment prompted my otherwise fairly quiet son to say out loud, "Game, set, and match."
Sharpton's comment reminds me of the bumper sticker many of us have seen (but that I first saw on my niece's car years ago): "Won't It Be a Great Day When Schools Have All They Need and the Military Has to Hold Bake Sales to Buy Tanks."
There are lots of ways--scores of ways for all I know--by which to evaluate any given society's values and priorities but the old adage "follow the money" works as well here as in many other areas of life.