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So sad that such a well written letter with a valid line of reasoning has to be condemned and berated by those who, as in dogman12's letter, reside at the extreme end of the poles. It's well documented that in some minds, there is no middle road, it's simply if you're not this you're that, and if I'm this, and your that, then I have nothing but contempt and a host of names to demean you with.
As a Drill instructor, I learned one of the most valuable lessons ever in life; sometimes the best thing to do with someone obviously trying to bring attention to themselves is to simply ignore them. There was always one soldier who would continually screw up so you would administer some sort of punishment, usually in the form of pushups. Simply put, he wanted to be the center if attention. Ignored once, maybe even a half dozen times, the soldier would learn he wasn't going to get the attention and soon enough would cease the unwanted behavior. I would be kidding myself and anyone else to believe this would have that desired effect here, but ignoring comments would take away the response platform some seem to crave more so than making salient points in conversation, or affirming a valid viewpoint.
Very well written letter Mr. Swayne, some of us know of what you speak.
Your letter highlights a great part of why things have degraded to what they are today. I too went through a lot of carp growing up, but I was raised the old school way, learned very well from my folks that you pull up your bootstraps and carry on. There were times when this was difficult, and I certainly don't condone these actions from or towards anyone, and I am far from being unemotional. I wear my heart on my sleeve, as the saying goes, but I also learned there's a time and a place for feelings, vengeance is a dead end road, and what happens in childhood is quickly forgotten or gotten over as we age and mature.
A great part of my evolution came compliments of the US Army. I went in as an Infantryman, and my main job was being taught to kill people, and in any way I had whether it be a firearm, a knife, my hands or, if all that failed or was unavailable, my wits. With that I came to understand that we all have that power at our disposal, don't kid yourself one bit, I am of normal size and am no kind of brawler. Too though, with that knowledge I had the epiphany of my entire existence; if I had the ability in me to do what I was taught, what was there to be afraid of or intimidated by? Then I found myself asking, what then would justify these means? I came to the conclusion nothing! With that power at my disposal, the playing field was at best level, but truly tipped greatly in my favor. So nowadays I look at those whose wrath I endured and actually find pity for them as they have to live with what they did, I don't. It's over a long time ago, I survived, and sitting in a clock tower with a rifle, or any other means of acting out to somehow make up for the misdeeds of others too many years ago, is a futile means of existence that I can spend those energies on doing for my self rather than feeling sorry, or trying to avenge the misdeeds of others.
Too many these days play the victimized card and expect society to feel sorry for them, hold Kumbaya moments, and whatever else their little feelings need to be stroked and for them to feel good about themselves. Just as it takes less muscles and effort to smile than frown, it takes much less energy to enjoy life than to seek vengeance for actions, or play on emotions I can dismiss by merely bucking up and being a man instead.
With regards to the Mexican drug cartels and the tons of stuff shipped up here; perhaps it's been a while since you bought any, but downtown brown is very hard to find any more; here in our great state and the Canadian Prov. directly north of here we grow some of the best KGB around. I'm surprised you're unaware of this Dave, or are you just not wanting folks to know you have intimate knowledge of the 420 culture? It's okay now, it's legal.
30 or 40 years ago yes. Next time your out at Wal-Mart, or stop in at McD's, check out how many 30-40 year old folks are working there, and not in management. The Times have changed, what once were entry level jobs are now what many people have for a regular job.
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.
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