Aug 20th 2006 11:32AM Having 5 sons (and being a widow), taking them anywhere for dinner has always been cost-prohibitive. Aside from that, I've always felt it is selfish on the part of the parents to feel like they "have to" go out to dinner while their children are still young enough to be bored and unable to sit at the table quietly for the duration of the meal. When you have children, you either get a babysitter or wait until they're older before you take them somewhere other than Chuck E. Cheese. No matter where I've taken them as a group, be it the grocery store or out to buy sneakers, they have always known the rules ahead of time, and the older ones have always helped to keep the younger ones focused and entertained. Now that they're older (age 11-19), I know they could go anywhere (either with me or with their friends) and they would behave and not be disruptive because they know what's expected of them when they're out in public.
Jun 5th 2006 9:07PM Oprah's fortune comes from luck as well as hard work. She certainly does a lot for the needy in addition to treating herself to all those "favorite things". But for any one person to spend $47 million on a private plane is beyond ludicrous (sp?). How many more college educations could she provide with that money? Or medical facilities? Her work in South Africa is admirable, but she and other celebrities who flaunt their excess wealth in this manner should be embarassed.