This post is a letter written to Governor Tom Corbett’s wife. Corbett is the governor of Pennsylvania. A 12-year-old child died of an asthma attack because there was no school nurse that day; the school has a nurse only two days a week, due to the state budget cuts.
The letter begins:
““Dear Susan Corbett, I hope this note finds you doing well in the governor’s mansion you share with your husband, Tom. OK, that’s a lie. I actually hope this note finds you wild-eyed and shrieking at your husband because you heard what happened to Laporshia Massey, and you want Tom to make things right before another child dies. But if you’ve not heard about Laporshia, I am begging you – mom to mom – to read her tale, take it to heart and then use your wifely influence to make your husband of 40-plus years take it to heart, too. Because what happened is a tragedy…”
Is Susan Corbett angry at her husband? Does she feel that this child’s life might have been saved if the governor had not cut $1 billion out of the public schools’ budget while cutting the corporate tax rates? Does she sense any personal responsibility for the death of this little girl? Or does she shrug her shoulders and say “life’s unfair.” as so many do?
When will state officials in Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Texas, Michigan, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Maine, and many other states take responsibility for the damage they are wreaking on the lives of children and communities? Sometimes the death of a single child has the power to open their eyes. Usually the death of a community goes unnoticed.