May 14, 2010 at 7:02 am
In the Chicago Sun-Times, Michael Sneed reports on the partnership between Gov. Sarah Palin and Amy Jacobson on the issue of Highland Park High School canceling their girls basketball team’s trip to Arizona:
The backshot: “We’ve been e-mailing back and forth since we met Wednesday night,” said Jacobson, who helped host “An Evening with Sarah Palin,” sponsored by WIND radio at the Rosemont Theatre.
In an e-mail dispatched to Jacobson Thursday morning, Palin stated: “I’m going to Arizona on Saturday … and Amy, let’s think of something we can do to show the girls we are willing to help. I can raise money for them. You can speak for me on this. It was great meeting you last night. We are on the same page.”
The money shot: It’s unclear whether raising money would overcome the decision made by the school superintendent’s office. The team had already raised money through bake sales, and assistant school Supt. Sue Hebson has yet to return our phone call. Meanwhile, school Supt. George Fornero, who had been silent on the matter, issued a letter Thursday after Palin made her comments — he claims Arizona’s immigration law could place “some of our students’ safety or liberty” at risk because of the school’s diverse student population. The trip was scheduled for December, and the makeup of its varsity team has yet to be selected for the next school year.
These boycotts of Arizona will not help the state or lead to positive change. Economic and political boycotts of our nation’s 48th state will hurt all Arizonans – including all members of the Hispanic community. If people really want to help, they should tell President Obama to do his job: secure the border. If he were to do his job, the good people of Arizona, who have been overwhelmed by violence on their border, would not feel compelled to do it for him.