NewInWW 2 weeks, 6 days ago on Whitman women had incredible season and amazing journey

Congratulations to the Whitman women's basketball team. Well done! You exemplify what it means to be a student(emphasis on student)-athlete.

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NewInWW 3 weeks, 6 days ago on Letter - A salute to Valley’s wine-making pioneers

I guess I just haven't been here long enough to be bitter about a local industry that seems to bring nothing but positives to the Walla Walla Valley. And, yes, and number of our local restaurants would be considered excellent in any large city in the world. Pull all of the businesses supported by wine tourism out of downtown and you'll have a ghost town. Walla Walla wine industry spending in Seattle makes a great deal of sense, it's certainly got to be a principal target market.

Finally, why must we look to others to do the right thing for the high school? Aren't the kids who attend Wa-Hi part of our community who deserve our support?

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NewInWW 3 weeks, 6 days ago on Letter - Vote for those who love this country

Taking your use of the ACA as an example of what you object to - how can providing health insurance and access to health care to more of our citizens be "against the people of the people of the United States of America"?

No, what I see from the author of this letter and others on this board is a total abandonment of any sense of shared sacrifice - a trait that used to make this country great. Now we seem to have a bunch of "me" generation folks who don't really give a whit about this country or the welfare of its citizens.

On another level, however, I can understand your position. I have concluded that I will not vote for any Republican for any office in any election unless and until they realize that women, minorities and the poor are also citizens of this nation who deserve respect and representation.

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NewInWW 4 weeks, 1 day ago on Confusion about ACA mandates needs fixing fast

PearlY: "The issue was whether I was being "greedy" for even questioning any education spending."

No, this thread was about the ACA, which you oppose because you were okay under the prior scheme, and the heck with the millions who were without any form or health insurance. And you seem to be opposed to funding a science building for Wa-Hi because of some nostalgic sense that education worked better in the past and any new money now is too much.

So far as I can tell, you've got yours, and those who face the wreckage of the United States economy wrought by corporations and the dismantling of responsible governmental regulation of banks and other industries will just need to muddle though without any help from PearlY because - after all - if they're poor it's just the result of their own choices.

Have I got it about right?

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NewInWW 1 month ago on Confusion about ACA mandates needs fixing fast

"(By the way, most of my education was provided by my parents, and was not publicly funded. Neither of them received benefits under the GI Bill.)"

So you were entirely home schooled from pre-K through wherever you topped out; you received no benefit from a more robust job market resulting from government investment in infrastructure, etc., you received no benefit of any kind from governmental policies during the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's?

Wow, how was it living on the moon?

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NewInWW 1 month ago on Confusion about ACA mandates needs fixing fast

No, your ridiculous claim that government administration of health care claims will lead to more discrimination against minorities than the pre-ACA healthcare system we had. If that's not the claim you were making, you'll have to explain to me why your mention of discrimination wasn't simply another of your red herrings.

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NewInWW 1 month ago on Confusion about ACA mandates needs fixing fast

You just can't help being condescending and slightly insulting can you?

Money collected in taxes is no longer yours or mine, it belongs to all of us. I would think that would be clear even to you. Once collected in taxes, I would also think we'd both want it used as effectively as possible.

You may naively believe that corporations are models of efficiency based solely on their profit motivation; however, I would suggest that the number of corporations that have come and gone, the gross abuse of the public by a variety of profit motivated corporations (Enron, the banks in the recent housing bubble, the S&L's in the junk bond fiasco of the 90's, and so on), coupled with the current perversion of corporate goals from enriching shareholders to enriching upper management, may indicate a fair amount of naïveté sitting at your keyboard.

No, you clearly are part of the new "entitlement" generation which - having received through the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's the benefits of a good publicly funded education, substantial public investment in bricks, mortar, education and research, the various benefits of the GI Bill, and all of the other things that were done by government during that period - has now decided that you're "entitled" to tell the current generations of kids, teenagers, 20's, 30's and 40's that you have no interest in helping to pay for similar investment for their benefit.

So much greed, so little gratitude and such a poor understanding of what made this country great.

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NewInWW 1 month ago on Letter - Leave our flag alone

"A California school that stopped students from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo didn’t violate their constitutional rights, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

"The school’s approach, according to the appeals court, kept students safe in a climate of racial tension." http://fox8.com/2014/02/28/court-school-had-rights-to-ban-u-s-flag-shirts-on-cinco-de-mayo/

The actual facts are slightly different than the implication of the letter that flying the US flag on a flagstaff was banned by a judge as offensive to "Mexican" students.

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NewInWW 1 month ago on Confusion about ACA mandates needs fixing fast

PearlY - your discrimination argument is ridiculous, as is your claim that the ACA is designed to fail.

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