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Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

Speak Out

Today's Printed Speak Out

All you need is $1B

Virtually anyone can run for president. The trick is to raise enough money to get your name on the ballot in all 50 states with $1 billion or so left to conduct a vigorous campaign.

Trump flip

It's hard for me to wrap my head around why so many on the right are supporting Donald Trump, particularly since he was a Democrat longer than he has been a Republican, supported partial birth abortion and universal health care. Can these past (and maybe present) positions be overcome by the cult of personality? We shall see.

Walker flop

Congratulations, Gov. Scott Walker! The Republican presidential candidate has surely set some kind of record. He has gone from opposing birthright citizenship, to a middle ground position, to favoring it, all within a span of 72 hours. Walker may receive an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest flip flop.

Testing time

Re: Schools Assessment Test -- they are long and tiresome at all grade levels. Some students work better in the mornings but others do better in the afternoon. Maybe every other year schools should switch the time of testing.

Tech fallacy

To those who claim that the junior high students must have tablets to be prepared for the current technology, I can assure you that this is false. As a science professor, I know for fact that my brightest, most capable students on average do not come from cultures that embrace technology at an early age. In fact, many of my most exemplary students come from countries that we look on as being behind us in that realm. Most do not have Wi-Fi, laptops, etc., until they reach college. NEA and other experts pushed computers on elementary -- even kindergarten -- students approximately 25 years ago, claiming it was necessary. The net result has been high school students, college students and a workforce that is actually less prepared than their predecessors.

No excuse

There is no excuse for the poor scores in only certain subjects at CHS. The teachers have been focused on math for awhile now, according to the new principal, but just over 40 percent passed the exam? That's ridiculous and unacceptable.

Phone it in

I was sitting at the doctor's office yesterday and noticed this older man sitting across from me with a middle-aged woman. I assumed it was his daughter. They sat there for 20-30 minutes. She did not look up from her phone the whole time. Did not say one word to that older gentleman. It grieves my heart that our communication skills with each other are being ... it's just horrific. It makes me sad. Yes, we need phones. But we need to learn to turn them off and have some communication with one another.

Keep the faith

This is Friday night, Aug. 21, and Vashon from St. Louis beat the Cape Central Tigers 32-34. Yes, we lost tonight by two points, but the Cape Central Tigers still have a great team. And Al Young, I'm behind you 100 percent. I know you got hurt tonight and I hope you're OK. And I still say that even though we got beat by two points tonight, we did good.

Smoker tax?

I think it's awful that they're wanting cigarette smokers to pay 40 cents more on a pack of cigarettes. I don't understand why the hospitals are telling people to quit smoking, because the more smokers we have, the more tax revenue. Otherwise, I think they ought to start getting people for texting and driving. While they're texting and driving, and have a $200 fine, and treat it just like a DWI. Because, basically, texters are more dangerous behind a wheel than a smoker is. And there's more people.

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Before You Accuse Me


-- Posted by ▪Rick on Fri, Aug 28, 2015, at 9:32 AM


My opinion , in today's society , the poor of America enslave their selves to Government via entitlements . The rich make their fortunes from assets accumulated world wide .

-- Posted by ▪Rick on Fri, Aug 28, 2015, at 9:29 AM

All you need is $1B: That is a tall order and only a hand full can do as you outlined.

Trump flip: IMO, all politicians change their opinions on certain items. Look at Pres. Pinky and his flip flop on same sex marriage.

Walker flop: Another flip flop joke called in by a Hillary supporter....wonder if the caller notice her flip flops on the email/classified emails scandal that will probably cause her to drop out of the race.

Testing time: And some students work better at night. Do we test them at that time.

Tech fallacy: If the kids are using the computers, tablets, and smartphones to access the internet to play games or to be on a social network then yes technology won't prepare those students for the real world of the workforce.

No excuse: The appreciation of Math for example has to be started at the early grades and not the upper grades, that's a 50% chance of failure.

Phone it in: Sad but true, society is being made addicted to all the modern tech items. IMO, human speech will soon become as obsolete as cursive writing. BTW, the girl could have been a health provider who took the man to the doctor's office.

Keep the faith: To all the losing teams from last Friday night games, there is hope for you tonight....go get them.

Smoker tax: I don't smoke but agree on the no need for anymore cigarette tax added. The fines for texting and driving (DWT) should as the caller stated be similar to DWI with possible jail time after a certain amount of offenses.

And that's the way it should be....Friday August 28, 2015.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, Aug 28, 2015, at 9:14 AM

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Fri, Aug 28, 2015, at 6:43 AM

You mean the political class?...

-- Posted by BonScott on Fri, Aug 28, 2015, at 6:51 AM

The rich will strive to establish their dominion, and enslave the rest. They always did. They always will. The proper security against them is to form them into a separate interest. The two forces will then control each other. Let the rich mix with the poor, and in a commercial country they will establish an oligarchy

Mr. GOUVERNEUR MORRIS at the Constitutional Convention

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Fri, Aug 28, 2015, at 6:43 AM

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