March 27, 2011

Follow up: Basketball hoop controversy

Following up on yesterday's basketball hoop issue where Delaware's DelDOT took away several hoops that were put up too close to the street in a local neighborhood, the News Journal opines correctly on it today:

As DelDOT crews and police removed street-side nets from other residents in Radnor Green and Ashbourne Hills -- who also object to the law -- Mrs. McCafferty's kids got the message they are above the law. And that's unfortunate. One wonders what the parents would have done if a wayward car crashed into a lively game outside their home, or a youngster chased a ball into a passing car. Sue the state for not following up on its own pre-identified safety concern?

Mrs. McCafferty's husband, John, said he is considering emergency court action to prevent DelDOT crews from returning. That's extremely admirable parenting: Take appropriate legal action after you knowingly violate the law.

One message was clear, though: Even when the state sends out a warning months in advance that you are violating the law, ignore it until you can get some news coverage of your complaint.

Extremely well-stated. As I wrote yesterday,

I also don't think the parents are setting a particularly good example (like the mom climbing on top of her family's basket) for their kids. What's that say to the youngsters? "It doesn't matter what the law, or other neighbors, say -- we're gonna do what we want"? Great lesson, there. And they did receive warnings from the state about this, too. They just ignored them.

I'd also add, with this sort of situation, it's no freakin' wonder teachers bang their collective heads against the wall on a daily basis. Myriad methods of communicating grades and behavior are either ignored or not cared about ... until teacher takes some sort of disciplinary action against their child. Then mom or dad show remarkable speed in communicating and/or getting to school ... to complain about how those dastardly teachers and administrators are treating their kid!

*Sigh*

Posted by Hube at March 27, 2011 09:25 AM | TrackBack

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Actually, the parents are acting exactly like unionized teachers in Wisconsin. . .

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at March 27, 2011 09:38 AM

LOL! Good point, Greg.

Posted by: Hube at March 27, 2011 09:40 AM

This is great news. This means Delaware is officially out of problems if we're now down to worrying about basketball hoops. I must have missed the story where murder, rape and robbery are down to zero.

Posted by: Duffy at March 27, 2011 09:46 AM

Isn't the News Journal speaking out of both sides of their mouths, though? They write:

One message was clear, though: Even when the state sends out a warning months in advance that you are violating the law, ignore it until you can get some news coverage of your complaint.

Who does the NJ think gave them the press coverage?

Posted by: Paul Smith Jr at March 27, 2011 09:50 AM

Duff: As I wrote yesterday, I can sympathize with that view. OTOH, what is DelDOT supposed to do -- absolutely nothing? They sent out certified letters warning the residents what -- weeks, months ago? (BTW, DelDOT doesn't worry about murder, rape and robbery.)

Based on this view, maybe I shouldn't have complained when police took four hours to get to my place after it was broken into? After all, murder, rape and robbery are more important (nothing was stolen from my place, BTW, so no "robbery"). Or who the hell cares if your neighbor lets his grass grow shoulder high -- the county has more important issues to concern them!

Posted by: Hube at March 27, 2011 09:54 AM

How do you feel about the way McCafferty was lied to? The video clearly shows him being told the pole will be placed in his driveway. When the crew takes it away instead, and he accuses the woman of lying to him, she responds, "I did not."

Legal or not, I'm not okay with that.

Posted by: Chris at March 27, 2011 08:57 PM

Back to your education point...parents always ready to complain but not be responsible for keeping track of kids grades when all you need is a computer! The only way to make students accountable for actions and grades is to make parents responsible as well! How about something as simple as if you have a student in public school, upon enrollment you must put up a deposit/down payment: $250, $500, $1000....whatever....repeat discipline offenders/offenses get money taken away...$25, $50,$75....grades- D= -$25, F= -$50....whatever...sent to alternative school = complete deposit gone! See if you have problems getting ner'do well parents to crack the whip at home when they start getting their own cash taken away!!!!! As incentive, a student turns it around....money comes back...but not all...ie if they lost 100, 50 back! Sure as hell beats Race to the Top BS, data coaches BS, LFS strategies BS....

Posted by: cardinals fan at March 27, 2011 10:00 PM

@Hube: No, I understand your point but this is the petty crap that ends up in the hands of law enforcement that drains their time away from actual crime. I would rather DELDOT levy fines until they comply. Hit them in the pocketbook hard enough and they'll crack.

Your place was broken into and nothing was taken? Hmmm...where was Don Viti at that time? Just sayin'. Ha!

Posted by: Duffy at March 28, 2011 11:34 AM