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My Gender Is 'Fill In The Blank'

Tree11 Wrote: Feb 28, 2015 7:28 AM
My gender is whatever will get me something: fame, fortune through a lawsuit, the Nobel Prize for inventiveness or ...
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The End of "Tough On Crime"?

Tree11 Wrote: Feb 21, 2015 7:40 AM
We need to start with discipline in the first grade. I used to live near a juvenile prison in Texas and every time I drove by, I would say: Wouldn't it have been better to swat these kids at the age of six instead of letting them get away with all kinds of things and when they turn 16 or 17, tell them, that's enough, we're going to lock you up.
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President Obama's Redistributionomics

Tree11 Wrote: Feb 15, 2015 1:33 PM
"Governments have built roads" - They built some roads but not all roads. I have my great-great-great-grandfather's journal, farmer, late 1800's, Michigan. It is full of entries like "worked on the road today".
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The Faithful Clarity of a Moral President

Tree11 Wrote: Feb 07, 2015 3:25 PM
How can you be a foot-dragger on a high horse?
Thanks for posting this. I heard about this when it happened but did not know about this video.
I hope this effort succeeds. The victims know what's best. The current Texas gun policies are the result of such an effort put forth by the woman watched helplessly as her parents were murdered in a cafeteria in Waco. Her help, her gun, was in the car outside.
What? How far back are you talking about? I was married in 1972. My husband and I were always taxed on both our incomes. In fact, I paid a higher rater than I would have as a single filer because my rate started at his marginal rate.
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Should We Ban Homework?

Tree11 Wrote: Jan 22, 2015 9:12 AM
Mine is the old-fashioned "I went to a two-room schoolhouse story". There were 3 or 4 grades in each room. The teacher taught one group while the rest of the kids worked at their desks. The school produced teachers, doctors, lawyers, professors. How could this be? There were few discipline problems because everyone had a brother or sister in the room. We spent about 2/3 of the day working. Lessons we learned: 1. concentration when other things were going on around us; 2. patience as we could not interrupt the teacher every two minutes; 3. self-sufficiency as we often solved our own problems; 4. the work ethic.
Lesson for today: An additional question when putting old folks in a nursing home: Under what circumstances, if ever, do you call the police?
Colleges are already drowning in red tape. I retired from a two-year college about 10 years ago. Last time I talked to a colleague, the number of administrators had doubled without a single new faculty position and without an increase in the number of students.
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