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Japanese WWII soldier who refused to surrender for 29 years dies
Fri Jan 17, 2014
Rikki: I realize you are just being a troll, but painting liberals with that nasty brush of yours is really beyond the realm of decency.
New Mexico's hero teacher a reminder of the need to train educators for crises
Thu Jan 16, 2014
Soph10 (1.24): I couldn't agree more. As a teacher, I think the idea of arming educators is wrong in every way imaginable--that is the domain of trained security and police. We are there to teach children, and the idea of having to shoot and possibly kill a student is abhorrent to teachers.
'Keep it moving': New Yorkers sour on holiday tourists
Thu Dec 12, 2013
I used to hate the Cherry Blossom Festival when I lived in DC. People from all over the world who who couldn't read a subway map to save their lives, and never could figure out how to make the ticket machines work. Now I'm going to NYC to be a tourist over the holidays, wishing I'd put b …
For women, asking for raise is damned if you do and if you don't
Wed Nov 27, 2013
In reply to: Evil Business Owner #4.5 Many women choose not to have children. Contraception is the choice. Just because men can't biologically have children doesn't mean women have to accept second-rate citizen status because we can.
First-grader writes letter to senator: 'All we do is work...I need a break'
Thu Nov 21, 2013
I feel her pain. Watching my own kids is heartbreaking--my third-grader has 5-6 worksheets every night (reading, history, science, and math), on top of spelling. It takes her hours. My middle-schooler is doing 4-6 hours every night, and at least 10-12 hours every weekend. It' …
Why Johnny can't write, and why employers are mad
Mon Nov 11, 2013
While I will not dispute much of what you have said, I will take issue with a couple of points. Phonics was never intended to be a "magic bullet", but an aid. It is a very effective aid for many students, especially those with dyslexia. Without phonics intervention, many students w …
Obama rallies Virginia Democrats for McAuliffe
Sun Nov 3, 2013
You are so right. I do live in Virginia, and thousands of people were not paid for the two and a half weeks the government was shut down--not the civil servants, who were paid--the thousands of people who work for small businesses that rely on the federal government, and lost a half-month's pay.
Marriage as a 'luxury good': The class divide in who gets married and divorced
Fri Oct 25, 2013
I suspect it has a lot to do with the fact that the more educated people are, the more likely they will have a stable job and work schedule. Most folks I know without a college degree work very hard to make ends meet, and I suspect the long hours, both spouses working, and constant financial s …
As Washington bickers, Main Street slashes holiday spending plans
Wed Oct 16, 2013
In reply to: cmrosti #14 That couldn't be less true. Ask Lockheed employees, or any one of the thousands of employees from corporations dependent upon the government in some way or another how much back pay they'll be getting after the shutdown. There are many employees all over the US w …
Not everyone loves Pope Francis: Conservative Catholics voice concern over 'revolutionary' message
Tue Oct 15, 2013
I can imagine the priests driving the $60k cars are having issues, but I think it may be their conscience they're having the most problems with. On the flip side, many disenfranchised Catholics are coming back, or at least not openly disparaging the church.
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