→ Stop whining. We don’t need laws to deal with all these simple issues | Nancy Eshelman – Avis

With this being Pride Month, several of my friends on Facebook have posted this: “If you’re opposed to gay marriage, you can simply say ‘no’ when a gay person proposes to you.”

After I’d digested the words for about the fourth time, it hit me – hard. Isn’t this true about so many things?

Politicians yammer and debate and scores of commentators argue about a lot of things that could be solved by this advice.

Take guns, for example. I hate guns. Don’t want one. Don’t need one. If you think you do, that’s your business. Buy one. Buy 10. Just don’t point them at me or fire them when I’m around. And unless you’re a police officer on official business, please have the common courtesy not to bring one into my home.

See how simple that was?

Same thing goes for abortion. Not that it’s any of your business, but, no, I’ve never had one. However, I do understand that abortion may be the best choice for someone else.

Right now, the state Legislature is trying to pass a bill that would make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion if the fetus has Down syndrome. In some other states, legislatures are trying to pass fetal heartbeat laws and other restrictions on abortions.

Here again, it’s so simple. If you don’t want an abortion, don’t have one. What another woman decides really isn’t your business.

The Legislature is also wasting its time (and your money) trying to decide if school students should be able to take two “mental health days” each year.

Come on, now. If you’re a parent and your kid is stressed and needs a day off, just let the kid take it. Write a note. “Johnny wasn’t feeling well yesterday.”

Do we need a law for that?

I don’t know about the rest of you, but we didn’t have mental health days during the decades when I was putting in 40 a week. If I was having a lousy day and couldn’t face the prospect of going to work, I called in sick. Don’t you?

Does any boss really need to know the details of your ailment? Well, neither does the principal.

Which brings me around to another school debate. A couple of days this past winter, it snowed, and schools went to remote learning. Oh, the wailing and gnashing of teeth!

Some parents were outraged that little Ashley and Ethan were about to miss out on one of the greatest experiences of childhood: a snow day. They took to the Internet moaning because the child had to Zoom instead of sled.

You know, if you’re the parent, and you feel that strongly, just tell Ashley to shut off the computer, bundle her in six layers of clothing and go build a snowperson. Or get a couple of sleds and head for the hills.

Some parents pull their kids out of school for a week to take “educational” trips to Disneyworld, so having Ethan and Ashley miss an afternoon of math will not impede their chances of getting an acceptance letter from Harvard.

If you don’t want your kid to miss out on a snow day, just say no. You’re a grown-up. Quit whining.

It seems to me that the world would be a better place if we’d all quit whining and just tend our own gardens. Don’t like roses? Don’t grow them. Love daisies? Plant more.

And, like they say on Facebook, if you don’t want to marry someone, just say no.

NANCY ESHELMAN: columnist1@verizon.net

→ Stop whining. We don’t need laws to deal with all these simple issues | Nancy Eshelman – Avis
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