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With the exception of John Cristy, who is frequently cited as one of the very few climate scientists who holds his views, the sources cited in this article are funded by the Koch brothers and the oil industry and, therefore, lack credibility on this matter. They are conservative think tanks whose reason for existence is to spread a one-sided pro-oil, anti-environmental ideology.
That's not science. Robert Bradley, a former Enron executive, is the CEO of the Institute for Energy Research and is one of its founders. It receives funding from the Koch brothers, as does the Cato Institute, which was co-founded by Charles Koch. Bob Tisdale also seems to lack scientific credentials, based on anything I could find online.
If you want to persuade those of us who believe global warming is real and is caused by human activity, you are going to have to find credible, objective scientists with no connections to the Koch brothers...and a lot of them. They need to be well-respected in the scientific world for their objectivity and their credentials. I can find a whole lot of these types for my side, along with dozens of credible scientific organizations. Otherwise, it's just a lot of impressive-sounding words with little to back them up.
Student journalists learn best when allowed to exercise their free speech rights in an authentic, real-world publication setting. If they make an error, they receive feedback from their readers and grow from the experience. That is education at its best.
Not only do students in this country have a right to free speech, as Mr. Shaw so eloquently explains in his letter, but they benefit from it as well. The U-B should be behind those students.
PearlY, the CBO estimates the comprehensive plan will result in a small net savings for taxpayers in terms of the deficit. There are a lot of moving parts, but this small deficit reduction includes paying for subsidies to make health insurance more affordable for the poor and many in the middle class.
If Mr. Miller's net savings include these subsidies, why is that a bad thing? The poor and middle class have taken huge economic hits on a variety of fronts over the past 30 years. Mr. Miller's savings - and yours - should be cause for celebration. Believe me, the very wealthy are still doing just fine.
If you want to argue that "it's the principle of the thing," then your libertarian principles will lead to an oligarchy soon enough.
I must have been mistaken. I thought the Affordable Care Act was a long term program that was being introduced over the course of several years. It didn't occur to me that if the federal website didn't work well for the first two months and there were a couple of other delays that the whole thing was a failure. (And for what it's worth, 9 of the 10 benefits I listed are now on schedule.)
My comments weren't White House talking points. They were simply a list of some of the benefits in the Affordable Care Act, which are now encoded into law.
Just so I understand, namvet, you are saying despite the fact that:
....despite all of these benefits for millions of Americans, your conclusion is that because YOU only saved $34 per month it is a colossal waste. Look up "egocentric" and you will understand the heart of my criticism.
Sorry, fishmark54, I just asked my Garrison kids and we are all in the dark here. You get to be the expert on this one. Btw, your post's combination of slight incoherence with a strong dose of snark isn't as easy to pull off as most people think. (The secret ingredient is the parentheticals.) Not sure of your point, though.
Again, Myinput, we are talking about two types of tests. When wallyworldguy commented that "they no longer do a decent job teaching our kids," I rebutted his argument by citing Wa-Hi's superior test scores, as compared to state averages.
When you then wrote that the test scores I cited were "padded" because kids can retake them, I explained that I was talking about the kind of tests that are given statewide once per year. These are not padded or offered as retakes until you get the score you want. I differentiated these from the types of classroom tests that some teachers allow students to re-take in individual class.
You then repeated your claim, as if you hadn't read or understood the distinction I had made.
So, to be clear, schools across the state are not ranked or compared based on how a student does on a re-taken test in Mrs. Somebody's class at Garrison. They are compared by standardized tests given under strict protocols using the same methodology at every school in the state. Thus, after ten years of learning in the Walla Walla School District, despite socio-economic factors that would typically predict lower scores, it is impressive that Wa-Hi's 10th graders score above state averages. This is a good indicator that learning is, indeed, happening in this district.
That was my point. And that - along with the quality experience my own children continue to have - is good enough evidence for me to want to support this district....and more importantly, to support the students in this district by providing them with optimal facilities in which to learn.
All that being said, if there are schools not fully addressing issues of bullying, that should be addressed constructively. This district isn't perfect. No district is. Let's just not overstate it.
The test scores to which I was referring, Myinput, are standardized state tests, which are given once per year using the same methodology state-wide. They aren't "padded." You might be referring to how some individual teachers allow students to retake tests in their classes once they have mastered certain skills. (This is a "standards based" approach.) That's an entirely different thing and isn't used to compare student scores from school to school.
Since this letter came out, I've had conversations with other parents about bullying and how it gets handled. Some have positive stories and others have negative stories. (My experiences have been mostly positive.) For all I know, Mr. Berg has a legitimate beef with the instances he describes. I just bristle at the sweeping language that "the district does nothing." I know firsthand that this isn't true. And I especially bristle at the notion that out of protest for kids being hurt, we should not pass school bonds - which is just another way of negatively impacting kids.
Looks like we will have to see out it plays out so that we can see some data in a year or two showing how many people are covered, what is the quality of that coverage, and what is the average cost.
There's no question some people will pay more than before and others will pay less; we can find anecdotal examples of each. The question will be how the program performs overall for the many. Neither you nor I have the answer to that question yet. I remain optimistic.
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