Charles Dickens is Alive and Well in Alabama

Charles Dickens is Alive and Well in Alabama

The following article was written by Gerald Dial who represents District 13 in the Alabama Senate, which includes all or parts of Randolph, Lee, Cleburne, Clay, Cherokee, and Chambers counties. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee. Gerald and his wife Faye, reside in Lineville. His wife is a retired educator, and he is very attuned to public education needs.

I thought you would find this article rather interesting and holiday appropriate. It is food for thought. You may recall that during the two special sessions Senator Dial stood with public education.

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Alabama Education Retirees Association
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Charles Dickens is Alive and Well in Alabama

By Senator Gerald Dial

Some have compared state government to the young orphan boy Oliver in the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist.

When gruel was finally being handed out at the workhouse, Oliver asked for more. More?

Of course he wanted more. Oliver was hungry…very hungry. With no family and no money he couldn’t get anything to eat on his own. Oliver had no choice but to beg for more and hope that someone would have enough compassion in their heart to help him. With no education, he would not be able to provide for himself in the future.

Our state funded agencies and our public schools are much like Oliver, forced to beg for more and having to rely on others to help them out so that those they serve and the services they provide can continue.