Editor Laura Silvius email@example.com
6:49 am on Thursday, June 28, 2012
Read "Twilight of the American Civilization" and you will see that the middle class is on its way out. All of the pieces are in place and it's only a matter of time. One of the four criteria is a wider schism between the upper class and everyone else.
"In a nutshell, America is the laughing stock of the world. This book, written before the tragedy of 9/11 offers a cornucopia of how far we have fallen as we have become more and more enamored with corporate capitalist consumer behavior - we have embraced McWorld. We are stupid people: anesthetized on shopping, mindless web surfing, infotainment, political scandals, rampant inequality and sporting spectacles, but believe that all this corporate techno-babble has propelled us into a higher level as a culture. It has not. And we are in decline as a country and entering a new Dark Age. And yes - there will be light at the end of the tunnel and there will be a rebirth maybe in a century or two, but now we must do what we can to preserve the good of what we were and wait for the opportunity to rise again."
As for Christie, taking his tasks off the table for a moment, there are ways of doing things without denigrating others. There is so much of that demonstrated here by both side of the political spectrum and reading this thread ended up being a lousy way to begin my morning.
No wonder so many children are bullies. It is modeled in your homes first. What a travesty to live in a world filled with so much hatred and scorn.
3:46 pm on Monday, May 21, 2012
I view suicide as the final desperate action when one has no hope left and can't stand life for one more minute (vs. being selfish or weak ~ I think that is an unfair characterization of the act itself).
Tyler must have been in a very fragile state of mind and in such deep despair that he took his own life. I do not hold this kid responsible for Tyler's death, per se, but he is responsible for being a very mean, bigoted, and nasty person.
I think this kid got off way too easy. I think he, at a minimum, should have been deported. The thing I find the most upsetting is his "poor me" attitude. I can't stand reading how he and his parents believe people misunderstood his intentions. He is cruel and his only remorse has been directed at himself, and that makes me sick.
3:23 pm on Monday, May 21, 2012
Agreed. It's hypocritical that any anti bullying legislation was condoned by him. There are ways to get work done without sacrificing people's reputations.
3:31 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2012
The attitude that bullying is a part of life is its own indictment of society. It is not ever acceptable and no one should ever be afraid to go to school and no parent should ever find his/her child hanging from a tree limb because of it. You cannot begin to imagine the torment some kids endure day after day after day. Most of the time, it's really easy to determine who the bullies are and they need to be stopped.
That said, Richard makes a good point. With the 2% budget cap and rising costs (utilities, transportation, special ed., etc.), there are going to be many changes in public education including program and teacher cut backs which will yield much larger classes.
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