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An Open Letter to the Political Right

Ariviste Wrote: Aug 03, 2014 10:42 AM
The reason to care is that the Democrats are taking our liberties, robbing, stealing, plotting and scheming to destroy this country. We may never get a candidate who lives up to your or my expectations, but Bush, McCain, or Romney are all better than what we have now or what we will get in Hillary. We might not stop the progression of Socialism in one election. It might take two or even ten, but we have to all do our part, and you are not doing your part as a citizen or a Conservative by not voting. The reason to care is that this is your country and your children's country. You must do your duty as a citizen. Get out and work for the candidate you like most. But do your part and your duty to turn this country around. You sound like a little kid who doesn't get exactly what you wanted for Christmas.
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An Open Letter to the Political Right

Ariviste Wrote: Aug 03, 2014 10:20 AM
It is clear to see that you did not understand Reagan and what he gave to this country. He made us all feel a sense of pride to be an American and that America was the greatest country on Earth. He had the guts to stand up to our enemies and back them down. He worked with our enemies to achieve for the good in the world. We badly need this in a leader and those of us who are old enough to remember Reagan hold him up as the example of a leader we need again today. We had him and it is hard to accept a person who takes our liberties away and falls to his knees before world leaders, fiddles while Rome burns and puts his ego before the good of America.
She has run an ad about her grandmother, and one about her mother and other family "togetherness" ads, but she has never stated her position on anything whatsoever. The dumb-dumbs in Atlanta may elect her in the general election anyway.
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The Misinformed Case for Voter ID

Ariviste Wrote: May 15, 2014 7:55 PM
Hello??? We are not a democracy. Evidence continues to pile up as to voter fraud in many states in 2012. It is not hard to get an ID. Just go to the local drivers license bureau in most states and take utility bills, expired drivers licenses, social security cards, or whatever you have and they will see that you get an ID. This writer is foolish if he thinks people in those unique situations he cites are a large percentage of the population.
A desecration to the White House.
I would certainly hope so.
You are telling the straight truth about most of what you said because I saw it in Georgia as well. I required my students to memorize the Preamble and you would have thought the world was going to end. The students enjoyed learning it because they had never been required to memorize anything before. Many had never learned the alphabet and I introduced phonics for the first time to them in the fourth grade. They had to learn their addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts and I was considered "too hard" by many parents. Many, however, appreciated it. We had to tutor students before school in the mornings and after school as well and this was on our on time with no pay. Summer school was a play time and they proceeded to the next grade as unprepared as they were at the end of the regular school year. Burnout is indeed high because a good teacher usually puts in 12 or 14 hours every day and works on weekends also grading papers, making things for the classroom, and doing lesson plans. Lesson plans have to be done for tutoring as well as regular classes. If a teachers has to be absent, he/she will be at school until nine or ten o'clock the night before doing substitute plans and tough luck if she gets sick in the morning. In many places she has to spend hours trying to find a sub. All that being said, I loved by job and would do it again, but not these days.
That is just the attitude that I saw many times and I taught on the outskirts of Atlanta also. I did grade homework, but did not count it as much as classwork, because the parents often did the work. That's alright if the student is there learning, but the student should not be given as much credit when he has not done the work. The real test is if the student can do the work in class with little help. Only when parents and teachers are working together for the benefit of the student is there real progress.
There are always about half the parents who insist their children do their work in school and their homework. They help them at home and make sure they study for tests. About a fourth work with their kids some of the time, but are not consistent. About a fourth of them make excuses for their kids, never check to see that their child is learning or is doing the work, and are the first to blame the teacher if their child gets a bad grade. Some of these parents admit that their kids have a temper tantrum or lie to them about whether they have done their work and they have no idea about what to do about it. Some of these go all year and never come for a conference, and refuse to meet with the teacher about their child's problems.
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