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In response to the June 30 cover story, "High School Confidential":
Tom Coulter is a superstar who has done a wonderful job at capturing voice and innuendo. His great ear and focus on how each person communicates and the language each uses brings in the details of their true plight and cloudy point of view. As an educator, I learned much about my helplessness and hope. Inspiring.
The rising senior from NLR High has inspired me to comment for the first time. He should apply to every Ivy League school that interests him. They all have huge endowments and sliding tuition scales. At Harvard, it's a full ride up to a family income of $80-85K, and very reasonable after that. On top of that, they are all very concerned about the diversity, or lack thereof, among their student bodies. If you have the grades, they want you. I know this because I am a public high school teacher in Dallas and we have a program in our school that works with students to get through the application processes for everything from schools to scholarships. I currently have two former students at Brown.
In response to the July 5 Arkansas Blog item about the FBI's decision not to charge Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server:
I can just see Trump and all the right-wing trolls' heads exploding about now. No matter who investigated, they'll still say she is guilty — look at how many Benghazi investigations took place and still they couldn't pin anything on her.
I believe that part of their hatred of Hillary Clinton is their misogynistic view of the world. Just like they can't stand that a black man is president, they can't stand that a woman might be capable of being president or have that much power.
She has to be charged with something, or Congress will feel like such a failure after spending so many years PISSING AWAY TAXPAYER MONEY ON A POLITICAL VENDETTA.
Paying Top Dollar for Legislators
Extremely careless, yes indeed, to the point of willful negligence. But bringing a successful prosecution, however warranted (doubtful), would be almost a guaranteed walk.
Bernie's only hope for a nomination just evaporated. Time to concede the race, but not the campaign for correcting the DNC platform and definitely not for pressuring Hill/Bill to change their neoliberal spots and embrace a New Deal for the 21st century (doubtful).
Black Panthers for Open Carry
"He said that the investigation showed that 110 emails in 52 email chains were determined to include classified information at the time they were received."
What this actually means is that the emails contained the same information as was contained in classified documents. It does not establish that this information was derived from classified documents.
During my Army career, I would often read the same information in classified reports that I had seen earlier in Jane's Defence Weekly or Aviation Week and Space Technology. If I needed to give an unclassified briefing on a topic, I would cite the open source, not the classified report. If someone went back five years later and ignored my citation, then it would appear that my briefing contained classified information.
In response to a July 4 Arkansas Blog post, "The high cost of college: It could be worse":
At one time or another I worked at a print shop, tended bar at Loyal Order of Moose, sacked groceries at Piggly Wiggly in Rogers — all to supplement my G.I. Bill. You CAN get through college without crippling loans to pay back. I don't think we owe students a free ride in college.
"I don't think we owe students a free ride in college."
The smartest and future higher-earning of us deserve to have our educations subsidized forever.
Louie, when yearly college costs can be (at a minimum) in the $8,000 to $10,000 range if the student lives in a dorm, even a fulltime minimum wage job likely won't fund the student without additional financial help. Further, to kick the student while he or she is down, it will leave no time to study.
I'm not advocating a "free ride" as you put it, but I don't think you are considering the enormous increase in costs of a college education since you and I attended. Not only has tuition gone sky high, but numerous additional fees for services that used to be rolled into tuition can easily add hundreds of dollars to the cost of college each semester.
Louie: Compare the cost ratio of one hour of college (keep in mind most classes are 3 hours of credit) to the minimum wage. When I was in college the minimum wage was $2.30 per hour. Cost per hour of college at the community college I started at was $5 per hour, and when I transferred to state university in 1977 the cost was $15 per hour. Tuition for a full load was under $200.
Minimum wage is now $7.25. But credit hour cost is over $200. It does not include additional fees.
Do the math.