fatherof5 4 days, 20 hours ago on Editorial - The movement to remove Confederate battle flag welcome

Namvet, no one is saying Confederate flags should be erased from history, just as no one is saying Nazi flags should be erased. We just shouldn't fly them because of the dark history they symbolize for so many. Not a difficult concept.

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fatherof5 4 days, 20 hours ago on Strictly - Average wage in Washington state rises to nearly $54,830 in 2014

Well...this article says wages overall grew 4.2%. And since we know that state employee wages have been frozen for six years, that indicates that private sector wages probably grew 5%-7% in 2014.

Do you have different stats?

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fatherof5 5 days, 15 hours ago on Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

Those words were antithetical to the entirety of the rest of the law. The Supremes got this one right.

It is a good day. Be happy for those who love each other, those who have endured discrimination, and those who can keep their healthcare. Be happy for them.

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fatherof5 5 days, 17 hours ago on Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

After tragedy last week, this has been a great week for this country. Confederate flags are coming down, millions can keep their health insurance and all of the benefits of Obamacare, and gay couples and their families can count themselves as equal under the law across the nation.

No one was harmed, but many were finally validated.

Here are Anthony Kennedy's beautiful words: No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.

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fatherof5 5 days, 17 hours ago on Strictly - Average wage in Washington state rises to nearly $54,830 in 2014

State employees are slated to get 2.5% this year and 2.5% next year. Teachers will get 1.5% to 2% this coming year. All of this after six years of wage freezes. So, I don't know what the heck you are talking about.

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fatherof5 1 week, 3 days ago on Editorial - Lawmakers have no excuse for not approving budget

There is no ringing of truth. It is simply a furthering of innuendo about people you do not know and a situation that has been presented ambiguously for a wide range of interpretation. You use words like "stole" and "fraud" that the investigators (i.e. the people who know what happened) did not use or imply about these school employees. Ergo, tasteless.

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fatherof5 1 week, 5 days ago on Letter - Obama efforts to censor Fox are wrong

When TV stations were first given rights to the public airwaves, the agreement was that they would offer time for news as a public service. This was not government controlled news, but it was offered for the public good. The networks had no expectation of profits from this service, so there was little pressure for sensationalism.

All news has a bias, even if just because someone has to choose which stories to air and which not to air, but the number one goal was to inform the public with accuracy and integrity. The media is a critical component to a successful democracy, as the people must be informed in order to make good decisions.

Much of today's media on TV, radio, and online is designed to draw as many viewers as possible. This means that the stories they tell and the manner in which they tell them must keep their viewers' interest. This also means that Fox's strategy works when they run 30 headlines an hour indicating we are under attack from Sharia Law, atheists, liberals, Mexicans, ebola, socialists, fascists, terrorists, anti-Christians, voter fraud, labor unions, teachers, Acorn, and on and on. And then rational political discourse becomes nearly impossible with this kind of nonsense dominating the airwaves.

And who said I was a fan of Al Sharpton? I've never liked him. We should be careful with assumptions.

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