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As another retired educator, I agree. This is a terrific column. One of the things that bothers me the most about today's attitude that every kid should go to college is the fact that NOT every kid should. Not everyone's interests fall into the college mandate. Two of my stepbrothers became electricians just as their father had been. They have always made more money than I have with my bachelor's and master's degrees. I realize that they had to go through apprenticeship, but they were doing what they wanted to be doing while going through it. Technical schools and colleges provide us with those who have the skills to help all of us through our daily lives; yet there seems to be a prejudice these days against those who don't choose to attend college, almost as if something is wrong with them. Education should focus on one's interests and plans for the future, not on being able to brag of an Ivy League diploma. Developing marketable skills, based on one's interests and talents, should be the goal of every high school grad.
What a pleasure to read some good news for a change. I had never heard of this organization, but I'm happy to hear about it now. It does provide hope, as Cappmann says, in the strange world in which we live.
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Of Green Lipstick and Presidential Ham

carole28 Wrote: Jan 28, 2015 2:31 PM
What befuddles me immensely is how that stubborn 47% or so of the public can continue to respect and support this fool. Both he and his wife are classless creatures with no common sense and no understanding of the meaning of the office he holds. They obviously have no love for this wonderful country and have built themselves up in their own minds as "special," instead of understanding that they work for us. They are our employees! They have no respect for citizens, especially those who disagree with them. It is O's way or the highway. He really does think of himself as a king or emperor. I saw the picture of him chewing gum in India, taking the gum out of his mouth, speaking, and then putting the gum back. I simply cringed in embarrassment that this was the pres of my country. He has no class and no understanding of what real class, manners, and acceptable public behavior are. I guess being a member of the Choom Gang (I think that's what it was called) was not that great of a preparation for president. Our next prez, and I pray to God every night that it's a conservative Republican, will have a lot of work to do in cleaning up our image in the rest of the world. Can you imagine Reagan or Bush or Ike pulling that gum chewing debacle or giving the Queen of England copies of his speeches? Or their wives putting their arm around the Queen? They are disgusting people, and unfortunately we evidently have brain dead citizens who continue to support them. They also must have the stupidest advisers in the world. (And I haven't even dared to mention all the ridiculous economic, domestic policy, or foreign policy debacles.) In fact, I can't think of even one thing in any area whatsoever for which I would compliment or praise eitheir one.
When are the Repubs going to get their act together and do things carefully and use common sense? Of course they should have consulted Border Patrol agents who are on the line and know what needs to be done. Let's add this to the budget debacle which continues to fund OCare and illegal immigration presidential moves and the recent abortion stupidity. Does anyone in DC pay attention to anything other than bowing to the dems?
I agree, but I don't have much hope of it happening. So much for feeling good about the last election!
I agree he is great and willing to fight, but that's why we need to keep him in the Senate for now. All of the Repub "elites" seem to have lost their backbones since the election. Instead of getting down to business and working to pass laws that the people want, they passed a junky budget letting O have his way on financing OCare and immigration. Then there was the abortion debacle. They promised to pass legislation and put it on his desk, regardless of veto threats. Let the people who elected them see that they weren't the ones causing all the problems; it was and is the prez. But no, they backed down, and personally I'm getting sick of it all. It almost seems to me that they are afraid of being in power and prefer having that idiot Reid running the Senate so they have an excuse not to do anything significant. I changed my registration from Independent to Republican back when the R's were "the party of No!" and now they seem to be the party of "Okay,what else can we do for you dems?" What happened to Keystone? What happened to taking apart OCare? What happened to having the courage of their campaign promises?
The gambling project was not approved, per a note from the desk of Gov. Walker.
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Republicans Unanchored

carole28 Wrote: Jan 23, 2015 6:00 PM
To whom are you referring and why?
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Republicans Unanchored

carole28 Wrote: Jan 23, 2015 12:22 PM
I have now reached the point where I have had it with the R's. I am sick of their backing down. I thought the policy was going to be that they would pass legislation, whether threatened with a veto or not, and then let it be the D's who would suffer the consequences of O's veto. Instead they back down and back down and bow to the D's and O time after time. I'm going to change my voting status to I, and to be truthful, I'm seriously considering never voting again. It is a civic duty, but what's the point? In CT where I live, the majority of the voting public simply votes D every time and then complains about getting played by the candidates and votes D again the next time. At the federal level, all they want from us is the vote, but they don't want to govern, just party on in DC and bow to the dems. I'm sorry I've lived long enough to see this fiasco and having to watch my country go down the tubes.
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The Last Taboo

carole28 Wrote: Jan 21, 2015 3:23 PM
If you haven't read Huxley's Brave New World, do so. The way the population is kept in line is through SOMA (drugs) and sex. Everything goes. The book doesn't specifically mention incest, but then how could that be possible as all children are created from a test tube. People who disagree with the society's approach are sent away. Children are taught that death is not a loss. People don't have relationships with one person; rather the larger number of those with whom one has sex, the better it is supposed to be. Anyway, every day I read one thing or another that makes me think that we, as a society, are heading in the direction of Brave New World combined with Orwell's 1984. Huxley's book was published in 1931, I think, and Orwell's in 1949. Unbelievably prophetic, don't you agree? Neither has any kind of religion, and these books should be dire warning of what happens when religion is abandoned and people are left to their basest behavior.
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Will the West Defend Itself?

carole28 Wrote: Jan 21, 2015 3:11 PM
Each country knows of the problem, the severe problem areas. So what is the plan to fix them? As O'Reilly has been asking, "What are the plans to destroy jihad?" The longer this is put off, the worse battling it will be. They have promised to take over France, and with all those ZUS areas, they are well on their way. Evidently our prez has no plan to do anything about jihad. Are we going to wait until we have ZUS areas in the US or do we already? A look back at our own history shows the tremendous numbers of immigrants who came here over the years. Has any other group (except those recently crossing our borders illegally) created zones where people, police, firefighters, and others cannot safely enter? NO. All legal immigrants have come here, learned our language, and have become part of the melting pot.
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