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I fervently support spending $10 million for a new Walla Walla High School science building. Contrary to your claim, however, I am - I assume like you - a tax paying property owner, who has no children in school, and who has nothing to gain personally from the new science building.
I can afford the modest tax increase that would result from the bond, but then, because you are by your own admission looking for "a bigger, better home," it would appear that you, too, could afford the modest tax increase resulting from this bond.
The truth is that you and I are similarly situated. The only difference between us appears to be that I find value in providing a good public education to our young people and you, apparently, do not.
I'm not sure whether the thanks go to Home Depot (and they very well may), our neighbors who work there, or both.
In any event, it was an extremely kind and caring act of generosity.
It seems to me a mutual desire for civility is more than enough. I get tired of the "Yeah? Well, so's yer old man" posts and posters.
I think I read that the comments section is one of the things on-line subscribers most like about the U-B site (I could be wrong). If that's the case, perhaps the U-B has an interest in making it "meatier" and less juvenile.
That said, I don't think any effort that doesn't include the removal of posts that violate whatever rules are in place will get us anywhere.
If the issue is trolls, personal attacks and the very boring sniping back and forth that regularly occurs, perhaps the U-B would consider volunteer moderators. The enthusiast boards I visit are all moderated, and you just don't see the sorts of comments there that are routine here.
I don't understand what point you're trying to make with your statement. It seems you condemn both bullying and the efforts of schools to prevent it.
PearlY: "Even our schools in recent years seem determined to cultivate hypersensitivity and emotional fragility, instead of resilience and the thick skin that would better serve our children as they mature."
So you think the bullies in our schools are acting out of some altruistic impulse trying to help their victims develop more resilience and thicker skins?
If you actually want to discuss this, it might be useful to have some facts.
According to the BLS as of today, "Employment in government was unchanged in March. A decline of 9,000 jobs in federal government was mostly offset by an increase of 8,000 jobs in local government, excluding education. Over the past year, employment in federal government has fallen by 85,000."
Your "analysis" of the national employment market is a bit like declaring that the unemployment rate is at 100% based on the loss of a job by single wage earner whose unemployment rate is, indeed, 100%. That's why small samples often, as you very well know, lead to inaccurate conclusions.
During the period that the Democrats held the House, Senate and presidency, Obama - perhaps naively not taking the Republicans at their word - tried very hard to engage Congressional Republicans on a series of measures, including health care and financial reform. He was essentially stonewalled until the end of that period, when Congressional Democrats said the heck with it and passed a tsunami of legislation with virtually no Republican votes.
The Republicans since that time, as you well know, have refused to engage in meaningful discussions and have shut the government down once and, through their idiocy and brinksmanship on the debt ceiling, managed to reduce the US government debt rating.
There's a lot of blame to go around, but until we get a meaningful handle on the lawful bribery of elected officials through "campaign donations" (aided and abetted by the Conservatives on the SCOTUS), it's unlikely to get any better.
It's odd to end a letter bashing Obama with "Spin this letter left or right, but the inference will be the same: This so-called recovery stinks."
The recovery does stink, and there is a lot of blame to lay at the feet of both parties. However only one of the two parties had, as its stated objective in 2008, to make sure that Obama's was a failed presidency. When only one of the two parties in Washington is interested in ruling for the betterment of the country, it's hard to get much done.
It's still wrong. People "not accustomed" to stealing liquor are unlikely to steal it anywhere. People "now accustomed" to stealing liquor are likely to steal it where they can.
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