LETTERS: Students missing out on practice of free enterprise

October 22, 2013

It has come to my attention that no longer are our students at Perry Central High School permitted to sell food items to their classmates. How can my granddaughter selling her delicious gourmet homemade cupcakes to her classmates interfere with the academic process?

I would think that one of her made-from-scratch cupcakes topped with butter cream frosting and crumbled Reece’s Pieces would give her male customers the boost in energy to make an assault on Mr. Melton’s toughest calculus problem, or the inspiration to write a paper for Mrs. Kim Hall that would have made Mark Twain proud of the achievement. Then, if you have not had the pleasure of a piece of her friend Amy’s chocolate fudge, then you have missed one of life’s greatest pleasures. One of the chief delights of substituting at Perry Central is having all these gourmet delights prepared by the best cooks in the whole country.

Our students sell their delightful culinary achievements to fund the expenses of the prom and the upcoming senior trip. Their entrepreneurship and plunge into free enterprise should be applauded, not stifled. I can’t believe our school board would oppose the efforts of our students. I would think that the powers that be would be in favor of free enterprise.

We do live in a democracy where the will of the people is supposed to be respected, and it is my feeling that the overwhelming sentiment of we the people who make Perry County our home, who own and pay taxes on our property would like for our children to have the right protected by the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to engage in free enterprise. What better activity will prepare them for life after high school? If we are truly living up to our mantra: Our students will be ready for: College, Military or a Career then we will assist them by allowing them to practice free enterprise.

On this issue I am willing to seek election to the law making body of the Commonwealth of Kentucky because I believe sincerely that the will of the people should be reflected by our lawmakers.

Paul Taulbee

Viper, Ky.