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Parental involvement is not a “plus.” It is the single most important component of your kids' education. Public primary education has been anemic for decades and remains in steady decline. In no small measure because of parents like Mrs. Mogus, who reacts to a request for 10 minutes (!) out of her day with stunningly childish outrage.
As a youngster, I had a devil of a time learning to read. My parents took it upon themselves to procure a stack of 3x5's, upon which were printed basic words. The cards were arrayed every morning in simple phrases and word combinations on the kitchen table, and I had to get through them before breakfast. One of my parents was there to help me sound it out, but I had to do the work. Their efforts paid off, and it was water downhill from there. They invested a good deal more than 10 minutes a day, and they did it without any outrageously outrageous outrage.
Parents should also consider volunteering in the classroom. Many schools have programs which welcome parents on campus. And more importantly for parents like Mrs. Mogus who are unhappy with what is or isn't happening in school: get off your duff and attend school board meetings. Educate yourself about the whys and hows of the decisions that affect your kids. Take your concerns directly to the source. Frustrations can be channeled much more productively than through a whining rant in the local rag.
I'll wager a year's pay that most – if not all – of those who complain they don't have time to supplement their kids' classroom regimen can still find plenty of time for Duck Dynasty and Breaking Bad and the Kardashians and the Broncos on Sunday.
Those who refuse to lift a finger at home to help their kids in class deserve everything they get from their schools. And less.
Upon further reflection, I apologize for the masshole tenor of my remarks, Becky. I appreciate your passion. I just don't see your approach as useful or productive. Just the opposite, in fact. The film opened #1 at the box office and stayed there for 3 weeks. A month later it's at #2. Having spent 15 years in media, I know the producers are grateful for all the sound & fury over Fonda. Sometimes the best way to deal with an insect is to ignore it.
I stopped answering knock-knock questions when I was 9. You haven't, and that's your prerogative. You write: “...I did not see a Ford saleing [sic] out our [sic] American Soldiers to the Vietnamese or encourging [sic] them to shoot down B52 bombers...” Um, okay. Ignorance is bliss, in other words. Now that you're aware of Ford's complicity in one of the most horrendous acts of evil in all of human history, your attitude remains “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.” Bully for you. Because the reality is that's what it's about: You.
I have no intention of ever watching The Butler. Not because of Fonda, but because of Oprah Winfrey's idiotic, self-centered publicity stunt preceding the film's release. Plus, I don't go to movies anyway. But if not for Winfrey, I probably would have watched once it became available online. If someone asks why I haven't seen it, I'll tell them. I won't take to the streets and have a hissy fit. Forcing one's irritations down the throats of total strangers is about as childish as it gets.
Boycotts & picketing never work. If anything, they're counter-productive. Old media adage: there's no such thing as bad publicity. I'll wager a year's pay the producers cast Fonda for no other reason than to push some very reliable buttons, and cash in on the publicity resulting from the tantrums they knew they would provoke. Congratulations, Pavlov. Your drool is impressive.
The recall is all the more impressive given the funding disparity: $540k for the recallers v. $3 million for the gun controllers (including $350k from Michael Bloomberg).
I couldn't disagree more strongly with Gene Bilodeau. The statute leaves it up to the constituents to decide why a recall should be launched. Which is as it should be - elected officials have no business dictating why & when voters pursue the available remedies. And I would argue that Morse & Giron were ousted not because they held different opinions, but because they so arrogantly dismissed the explicitly expressed wishes of a clear majority of the people they were elected to represent.
Nicely done! Also nice to see this story in the wake of two of Colorado's worst gun grabbers getting tossed out on their keesters last night.
Defensive much? Allied casualties in WW2: Just shy of 40 million. Allied casualties in Vietnam: 60k. Ford did exponentially more to advance evil and genocide than Fonda and her cleavage ever did. Your outrage is selective and childish, and strikes me as more pose than principle. When I see you on Victory picketing Craig Ford, I'll take you a little more seriously.
Would you picket someone who drove a Ford? How about Ford factory or dealership? If not, why?
It's framed as GOP v Dem & Lib v Conservative because it is, and it's nothing new. I'm originally from Washington state where there's a very similar paradigm. The densely populated western part of the state (Seattle metro) v the more sparsely populated and rural eastern Washington. Dense urban areas tend to be politically liberal; the more rural & sparsely populated regions less so. Since the bulk of political fundraising success is generated where the people are, those of us outside those areas often feel we've been left out in the cold. Because we have been.
Looks like someone's been guzzling the kool-aid.
Hmm. Be wary of a doc who looks like Ted Nugent. What are the sentencing guidelines - how much time might he be looking at?
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