There was an article in our local paper (the Charlotte Observer) last week about how much time and fuel parents waste driving their kids home from school. Some of the responses to it in the Letters section have been hilarious. Check out this letter (scroll down to "As Mom, I can't let safety take backseat"). The punch line? She lives 1/4 mile from a school in a good neighborhood, but she still won't let her daughter walk to school because she's worried about her getting abducted. Talk about paranoia! And since most parents around here tend to have a similar attitude, it really is a bit unsafe to let your kids walk to school: so few kids walk that there's no opportunity for "safety in numbers." So kids get carted around everywhere, and meanwhile there's an epidemic of childhood obesity in America because kids don't get enough exercise. Sorry, just had to rant!