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Jan 8th 2012 11:59AM Living next to folks like the above poster who sees children only as animal beaters, profanity shouting, lawn invading bike riders is something I fear more than children. I am moving to a restricted community as a matter of economic necessity. Are there ill behaved children in the world? Of course there are! Are there crochety, angry, and miserable old folk who want to be, and should be, left in total isolation? Well, we may just have evidence that they are here in abundance. I sincerely hope that my new neighbors will not be among that group. However, if they are, I promise it will be my great pleasure to leave them studiously alone.
P.S. If kids rode past me while I was sitting on my porch, and they gratuitously shouted profanities at me, I would wonder why. In my wondering, it might cross my mind that my feelings toward them are apparent, and they are simply replying to me in kind.
Jan 8th 2012 11:36AM I am about to move to an age restricted community. I do worry about living in a town without children or young people. I find it strange and even a bit unnatural to live in a society that excludes members from the majority of society. Reading some of the comments here makes me even more worried. Seniors griping about the community having to share the burden of another member's family crises seriously makes me concerned. Seniors certainly are not shy about expecting consideration from the young in the matter of senior discounts, tax breaks, social security, and medicare. While I don't find anything wrong with senior advantages and entitlements, I do see something wrong when the recipients of those entitlements turn upon members of their own community because that community refuses to come to the aid of distressed members. Worst of all, it seems that those who posted here find children and young people a threat to their tranquility. Well, think upon this, all of us are moving inexorably toward an eternity of tranquility, enjoy a little chaos while we can.
Nov 20th 2011 10:00AM Those of us who either can't afford, or just plain don't want, cosmetic surgery have several areas that are no longer fit for public display. One of those areas is the neck. Even a relatively young looking face is aged by a sagging neck. Thank the lord for turtle necks! There must also be something available for the older woman's leisure wear wardrobe. Most of us have thickened around the middle, and highlighting that situation with overly fitted pants and tops is just not attractive. I love camis and fitted leisure wear on those who can wear them, but nothing looks worse than a 60+ trying to look 30 something.
Jun 22nd 2011 2:36PM But can he fly? That's what I care about. His comments, while rude and juvenile, are not all that unusual. What disturbs me is that this idiot was not attentive to the cockpit instruments if he didn't notice that his mike was keyed. He was also endangering other people on other flights by tying up the air control frequency. Pilots are not highly educated gentlepersons, they are (hopefully) talented in a very difficult skill. For an analogy, look at the behavior of pro athletes, they may be great at their sport, but awful, rude, and obnoxious individuals.
May 23rd 2011 4:52PM One of the most valuable things I ever learned was how to diagram a sentence. Was it fun? No. However, my profession requires me to read long and detailed material, my knowledge of diagramming has enabled me to ferret out meaning that might otherwise pass me by. Just because you can't immediately see the use of something does not mean or even imply that it is "useless knowledge." In fact, I personally think that the term "useless knowledge" is an oxymoron.
May 23rd 2011 4:42PM After many years of teaching, I saw a definite change in the way parents respond to the school's attempt to educate children. I was a single parent with children in a school system other than the one where I was employed. I wasn't a perfect parent, and I couldn't volunteer in the school very often. However, my kids knew that if they were late for class I would not bail them out with a phony excuse. If they didn't do homework, I would not make up excuses. If they were a discipline problem in school, I would not step in to shield them from consequences, and there would be additional consequences at home. My kids knew that the family was a cooperative enterprise, and their job was school, mine was supporting them. There were no excuses for poor behavior. If something was truly beyond their control, such as a lesson or topic that they could not master, help was always there. However, there was never any thought that they could argue their way out of a situation that they created. You might be surprised at the amount of flack I took for that approach. However, successful kids are the result.
May 21st 2011 9:08PM Landis and Hamilton are admitted cheats and liars. Armstrong never failed a drug test. He has been tested over and over by labs in France, Italy, and the U.S. He has never failed a test. Does this mean that he is totally innocent, not necessarily, but it will take more than the words of admitted cheats and liars to make me disbelieve the test results.
May 8th 2011 7:09PM "Sons of a sinner, sons of a saint; who is the child without complaint?" Jacques Brel. The worst pain is the one you have, the worst problem is the one you are presently facing, and the worst injustice is the one done to you. If we allow ourselves to dwell upon past wrongs we will miss the present blessings. It isn't easy to let go of anger at a parent, but since that parent is no longer around to try to make amends, it is a pursuit that garners no benefit, and does you even more harm. If you can't let go, seek help.
Mar 30th 2011 5:43PM The issue isn't whether breast feeding is good or bad, nor is it whether little girls will be made "sexually promiscuous" by these dolls. What is the issue is that dolls that are too realistic, and singularly purposed tend to limit the creativity of the child. We have dolls that specialize feeding, and some include elimination. We have dolls that specialize in crying, dolls that get sick, and now a doll that breast feeds. None of these activities arises from the imagination of the child, but rather is put forth as the major attribute of the toy. The best doll for a young child is made from a sock, has yarn hair and homemade clothing. That doll can do anything that its owner can dream up, including all of the activities indulged in by the above specialists. Since when did we decide that we need toy manufacturers to raise our children?
Mar 24th 2011 8:52AM In this instance, men are certainly not losers. At least, they are not losing the game They are playing. With few exceptions, corporations are still top heavy with men, and they like it that way. By making it difficult for women to both advance their careers and raise children, it assured that the top floor offices with the big windows will continue to be occupied by men. This too will gradually change. More than half of the law school graduates are now women, the same holds true, or is becoming true, of other professions. Soon there will be no choice but to fill those big offices based on merit not gender. The hope then will be that the female decision makers will not simply follow in their predecessors footsteps, but that they will make some of the rational changes that will benefit both families and business.