Opinion: Chaucie’s Place needs your help

Chaucie’s Place is expanding its Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children and it needs your help to reach as many students as possible. The program is a regional prevention-and-education effort that teaches elementary school-aged children that their bodies belong to them and that they have the right to say “no” to a touch to their private parts for “no good reason or just to play a game.” All volunteers will attend an orientation/training session, learn to use a script developed specially for the program and shadow experienced instructors until they are ready to present on their own. If your schedule allows, and we hope it will, you will help once a month or once a week, and you will make a positive impact on the life of a child. Orientation is noon to 1 p.m. on Aug. 26 at Chaucie’s Place, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel. Please try to make time. For more information, call 759-8008.

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AND WE STAND FOR THIS WHY? Well, because we’re Americans. The Daily News of London sent out this dispatch last week, just in time to get us additionally riled about useless government spending. Here goes: “Hillary Clinton left her post at the top of the U.S. State Department on Feb. 1, 2013, but the federal government spent more than $55,000 on travel expenses related to her book tour just last month, procurement documents show. The expenses included a $3,668 charge for her to enjoy a single night’s lodging in a suite at the posh Four Seasons George V hotel in Paris.” Need more? We paid $5,100 to rent three Mercedes-Benz VIP vans in Berlin, curiously billed to the Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General. The State Dept. paid for nearly $50,000 of the costs even though Clinton no longer heads the cabinet agency. All this in light of her garnering well into six figures every time she gives a speech? Clearly, it pays to be a Clinton.