Someone asked me recently if I knew how many people read this column each Sunday. When I am asked, I usually say, "At least two…Russell and I."

Someone asked me recently if I knew how many people read this column each Sunday. When I am asked, I usually say, "At least two…Russell and I."
Honestly, I don't know the number, but I usually get some comments at least once a week. And, as Bill Collie used to say about mice, "If you see one, there's probably 25."
An email arrived a couple of weeks ago from a very accomplished reader and I want to share part of it. I will remove the personal items.
"I..am pleased to tell you 'Casablanca' is my favorite movie as well. I have the film if you ever want to borrow it. Many of those wonderful actors/actresses repeat in Bogart’s films."
Then the reader got onto other things.
"Mostly, I am sick of city business. It seems if money is involved there are problems. I didn’t even know we had a CID and now it has to be investigated. The TDD has been one big mess with too much money going to consultants and attorneys. The tax money is never returned and we end up losing thousands of dollars that should have gone to streets, lighting, and other improvements. Why did we have to take the schools out of the neighborhoods in the first place? For all the money that has been spent I am certain older schools could have been either improved or rebuilt. What happened to the market place working out these issues instead of city planners? I could rant on, but we both have things to do."
I certainly agree about the schools. When I look at all the money spent in that area, it staggers my mind. So much has been spent on supporting items, and it seems that much is poorly planned or built. Traffic is awful and roads are too narrow and breaking apart.
Most kids can no longer walk a block or two to schools. School buses, fuel, and driver costs must be tremendous.
Heaven knows I love education. I came from a family with 10 kids and most of us got some higher education training. Most of the children of the "original ten" have degrees. They studied medicine, engineering, banking, law, education, and criminal justice. Several of the grandkids, however, have great jobs such as construction and real estate that don't require their education.
I sometimes wonder if we have lost the reason for sending kids to school. I think the reason should be a little thing called "learning." It's not all the gobbledegook so-called experts dream up. It's reading, writing and 'rithmetic. It's also learning discipline and people skills. It's having hands-on classes with computers, welders and sewing machines. Someone asked me recently who would I rather have show up at my door if the bathroom stool was flooding the house.
Would I rather have a man who was a video game programmer or a plumber? I often think of that question.
To all who disagree, forgive me for these comments, but I feel strongly about these things, and I hope you do as well. If we really want better answers, we can get many of them if we work together, but stirring the pot needs to be done first.

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.