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From what I've read, a lot of the drug "kingpins" in Mexico are considered local heroes in that they do a fair amount of community good... contributing to build clinics, schools, etc. I would imagine it's hard to look down on - or send to jail - those that make your life somewhat better.
What an honor, Larry. Congratulations to your family, and a hearty "thank you" to your dad!
EXCELLENT! Very creative, there, Lars!
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Vouchers: My Personal Case

Scott_in_NC Wrote: Jul 25, 2013 9:22 AM
Another excellent article, Mr. Elder. I, too, was once faced with a similar challenge - I was a stutterer in an Oral Communications class in tech school, and was fretting over my first oral presentation to the class. Much like you, I was determined to nail it. I practiced my first speech over 30 times in a mirror, chose words that were less likely to cause me to choke, and walked in with the attitude that I was not only going to flawlessly deliver my address but was going to raise the bar high enough to give the rest of my class a mark to meet. And that I did... Muy bien, indeed, senor Elder!
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Random Thoughts

Scott_in_NC Wrote: Jun 25, 2013 9:14 AM
Arnold - as sad as that is, I believe you may be correct.
Point well taken, Fiddler. As I've often told my friends if you are really going to boycott all entertainers that differ with you politically, your iPod AND your DVR are going to be pretty lonesome devices. I have friends that represent just about every slice of the political spectrum, but I don't disassociate myself from the more liberal ones just because we disagree on a political issue. I often wonder why is it that ANYONE really pays attention to an actor's or musician's political stance, anyway? They are probably the furthest removed from reality of any group of people I can imagine... why does the average person believe any of their opinions might align with their own?
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Change of Perspective

Scott_in_NC Wrote: Apr 25, 2013 3:50 PM
Jackie - excellent column, and congratulations on the diagnosis from your biopsy. You're in my thoughts and prayers!
Katie - I love the picture! My wife and I recently got our concealed carry permits, and she (a little 5'2" blue-eyed blonde) was one of only three people in our class of fifteen to shoot a perfect 30 of 30 on the range. Guns and girls DO go together! I am looking forward to reading the next installment(s) of this story. Hope you enjoy your time at Gunsite Academy!
Yes, wtmoore1 - this is my same question (see my reply to TEA_CRACKER, above). I hope I can get a reasonable argument for/against/about this practice. Honestly, I can't see why asking for positive ID to cast a vote would suppress minorities. Almost everyone in society today needs an ID for many purposes; my state (NC) provides state issued IDs for $10 to anyone that does not otherwise qualify for a driver's license. There is NO fee to anyone blind, homeless, on public assistance, or over 70.
TEA_CRACKER - this is an argument I have heard brought up many times. Please tell me what conservatives are doing to suppress the minority vote. Is it the desire to insist on positive ID for voters? Maybe it's just me, but seems like a reasonable request - why would this practice specifically suppress MINORITY voters, as opposed to all voters?
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