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I was born and raised a Catholic, went to St Pat's for 7 years before switching to Public Schools. This is merely to point out I do have a religious upbringing and background.
On the same line of reasoning and questioning as the letter and responses go, if we all came from the same two people, how then do we account for the various nationalities, colors, etc. that the human race is made up of. There are many questions the evolution/creationism theories teem with, questions that just don't have easy or defining answers.
More to the point, in my way of thinking, is how and/or why is it, that those who thump their chests so mightily about being upstanding Christians, and how all of life's answers, and justifications for vilifying certain others can be found in select passages from the Bible? In the same line of reasoning, with all the varied religions, how can one faith claim to be the true faith, and why are there so many varied interpretations of the Bible, and in the teachings of how man is supposed to behave to be considered a true Christian, and who, therefore is not?
Truth is, at least the way I see it, is that we should all try to do our best to respect one another, always try to do the best we can for ourselves and our neighbors, not be judgmental at all towards each other, quit acting like we have all the answers because of the faith we follow; quite simply, follow the Golden Rule and get off the high horses so many pretend to sit upon.
Some of the most conniving, inconsiderate, greedy people I have crossed paths with in my life, are the same that go out of their way to thump their chests about what a great Christian they are and how they hold a high position in their church, etc.
The answers are not simple, they aren't going to come from one, two, or a handful of books (save the Bible when read w/o filters, perhaps), nor from inclusions/exclusions in paintings, or books. The real answer comes from an individual's heart and mind, and then the question or theory becomes moot and relegated to trivia.
Wow! A very well written, salient and to the point letter from you Ms. Bardsley. Thank you for the quite refreshing switch, its nice to read a letter like this that has a good point to it.
Both my youngest son and I can attest to the traffic in and out of businesses along that stretch. June 16, 2000 a car pulled out of All Rite Carpets, right in front of us as we travelled along at the speed limit, on my motorcycle, I don't buy into the 'm/c's are harder to see' theory, they are easy to see if you take the time to look.
It's not the design of that stretch, it's people not paying the attention required when in control of a vehicle. Just as folks in cars pull out into traffic when they shouldn't, pedestrians do the same, whether it be a highway, a busy arterial, or side streets, many times without even looking. Again, I feel this is due to some sort of wrong way teaching that has led people to believe, because we are all taught the pedestrian has the right of way, as a pedestrian many feel no reason to bother with minor details such as making sure it's safe; drivers are just supposed to magically stop the second a pedestrian steps into the street.
If you ever question the money Insurance companies have at their disposal, notice the sheer deluge of TV commercials for all sorts of Insurance and from various sources. Check into the money invested in the stock markets and you'll find the same companies are heavily invested.
The Insurance folks have plenty for their employees, and much, much more.
that should be field, not filed; Oops
As one who has used this very same ticketing system, it is made very clear (if you take the time to read the important details) what your actions are once you get to the airport, it's been this way for over 7 years that I know of.
As a vet myself (22 years Army Infantry), 16 years as a Drill Instructor, soldiers are taught from day one to pay attention to detail and that when all has gone to heck in a hand basket, they have only themselves to rely on. With this in mind I don't understand what being a vet has to do with this, or what being on SSA has to do with it either.
This highlights one of my pet peeves these days; acting like being a vet is somehow a get out of anything free card. As I stated previously, we as vets are supposed to be the ones that will still be standing and the ones others can come to when all things go awry. My time in the service wasn't spent to receive pats on the back for every day events, to get a 10% break at any store, or to use as a crutch to lean on when I fail myself because I didn't pay attention to detail.
While his plight is sad, it's no one's fault but his for not paying attention to detail, plain and simple. No more of the story is needed, no special actions needed taken, and by no means whatsoever is there anything scandalous about this, and no rules should've been broken. This situation was clearly avoidable by taking a bit more action on the part of Mr. Courtmanch.
It's in the programming of the filed where your name goes. As an IT pro, I know this and understand that many don't. However, it is quite amusing to read your take on this unfortunate matter, especially the take on someone trying to 'determine how many letters are in my name'.
Sorry to burst your bubble, it's a programming glitch, not anyone determining a thing regarding your name. Perhaps armed with this new information, you could recommend to the agency you contacted this point of programming code error that needs their attention. You know, to help out the next guy, to help out the state get their site correct, to input valuable corrective action.
Or just blame it on the system, the ACA, or even the President himself as they all are seemingly out to get us all.
And besides, that 3% of scientists have all the answers, don't you realize that in this new world, the minority faction is always right; how dare anyone believe in the majority.
'Everyone has an opinion and if it doesn't agree with your established opinion they are wrong. Obviously no room for thought there'
Truer words are normally left out of these posting forums. The problem is that these words apply to far too many that post and yet fail to recognize their posts are following this sad truth. Each side accuses the other of being liars, name callers, averse to facts, etc. yet there is much truth to the simple truth that both side are guilty of the same. We haven't had a President since God knows when that didn't lie about something, and in many cases, it's for our own good. In the service they have different security clearance levels, and again, for a very good reason.
It would be quite advantageous to let the public in on everything the Government does, as the security of our Country depends on us not being involved in everything; I'm not sure why that escapes many.
Yes, like any other roadway, except for perhaps an Interstate, you look both ways, and don't cross if traffic is coming. They used to teach that to kids, but starting with the '80's, kids started being taught they were special individuals with their own little beings that didn't need to concern themselves with being responsible as this was someone else's job to do.
Drivers are supposed to watch for these innocent little babes (no matter their age) instead of them having to look both ways and be responsible for their own safe crossing. Just take a look and notice how many pedestrians you see stepping out into traffic without looking, especially around Whitman College.
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