“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#1 May 20, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I have worked in the field of education for more than 40 years, with the last 25 years serving in adult education, helping students complete their high school equivalency diploma.

Big changes are impending worldwide in this very important educational service. Starting in 2014, the cost may go up. Up until two years ago, the classes in our community were free. The testing cost $7.50, which paid for a printed diploma. Since then, the cost has gone up -- first to $25 and then to $35.

Now the GED program has been bought by a for-profit organization and the costs will go higher than ever. Furthermore, it will no longer be possible to take the test using pencil and paper. It will all be done on computer.

Please encourage the thousands of adults who do not have their high school degrees to make a life-changing decision for themselves and their families now!-- JOY IN A CLASSROOM DOWN SOUTH

DEAR JOY: I am sure many readers will thank you for this important heads-up. Readers, the changes Joy has described will go into effect on Jan. 2, 2014. According to the media representative for the GED Testing Service in Washington, D.C., the costs of the tests will be determined by the state in which it is administered. It is currently between $0 and $250, and in 2014 will "marginally increase or decrease" according to which state you live in.(Decrease? Forgive me for being doubtful ...) Criteria for passing or failing the test will remain the same.

Readers, any of you who are not computer literate should start now. Do not delay. If you are uncomfortable with technology and have a friend or relative who is knowledgeable, more information can be obtained by visiting www.gedtestingservicedotcom.

DEAR ABBY: I have been in the workplace for 20 years. During that time I have witnessed lying, cheating, lechery, betrayal, vicious gossip, arrogance, entitlement, stealing and bullying, etc.

Last week, a co-worker whom I liked and respected confided to me that she hopes a 102-year-old relative will die soon because she needs to inherit some money. I was floored and had a hard time keeping the shock off my face.

Does work bring out the worst in people? Is it because we all must be here every day? Is it too many people competing for too few resources? Is my hide too thin? Am I in the wrong job?-- THE DAILY GRIND

DEAR DAILY GRIND: When you spend eight hours a day with people, they usually reveal their core values at some point. In your case, you appear to work with someone who "over-shares." I don't think your hide is too thin, and I'm not in a position to tell you if you're in the wrong job. You may, however, be overdue for a vacation.

P.S. Let's cross our fingers and hope that relative makes it to 110.

DEAR ABBY: Please settle a family disagreement. A scratch ticket is given to a friend or relative as a gift. If that ticket is a winner, is there an expectation that the winnings should be shared with the person who gave the ticket?-- JEFF IN MASSACHUSETTS

DEAR JEFF: A gift is a gift. There is no obligation to share. Alexander Pope wrote, "Hope springs eternal in the human breast," but if you are hoping you'll get a cut of the money, don't hold your breath.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#2 May 20, 2013
L1: So you think the crazy cost of $35 will keep people from getting their GED? STupid.

L2: Wait, what? You think WORK causes people to be this way? I am surprised you even hold a job, given that you have half of a funcitoning brain.

L3: The greater the winnings, the more likely I am to share with the person who gave it to me. But not half. Just a small "thank you" amount.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me!

#3 May 20, 2013
1 If people are not getting their ged while its free, I suspect even fewer will get it when it costs $250

2 Where the heck to you work? Prison?

3 You dont even admit that it was that particular scratch off won. Unless you do it right in front of the person, then you a dummy

“Colorful Beyond Words”

Since: May 11

"True Love Never Ends "

#4 May 20, 2013
L1 With increased costs fewer will return to get their GEDs. Therefore, we should encourage our young people to stay in school and get their high school diplomas.

L2 It's not where you work, it is the "ME" society in general. It's all about "ME" and how can it benefit "ME". The mentality of being kind, courteous, helping a neighbor just for the sake of helping is rare these days. Our young people lack the necessary "home training" in etiquette, morals and just basic right and wrongs.

L3 I agree with Red.

“On Deck”

Since: Aug 08

French Polynesia

#5 May 20, 2013
L2. That's what happens when you work in a union shop.

“On Deck”

Since: Aug 08

French Polynesia

#6 May 20, 2013
C'mon gang....the unions are tough tomatoes.
They can take a little good-natured ribbing.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#7 May 20, 2013
LW1: Yeah, yeah, yeah. How's about we figure out a way to keep kids in school so the GED becomes obsolete?

LW2: So you really think that people who don't work never act this way? You're a nutter.

LW3: It would really depend on the amount of money. When this happened to me, I won $40. Didn't even think of giving any to the step-bro who gifted me the ticket. Add a couple of zeros to that and I'd probably change my mind.

Since: Mar 09

Miami, FL

#8 May 20, 2013
L1: I think it's a good thing that they're changing it to computer-based vs. pencil and paper. Someone getting a GED ought to at least have enough computer skills to get through the test, I don't think I want them to pass if they don't. Is that mean?

L2: You're nuts.

L3: A gift is a gift, general rehash, AGAIN.
Cassisfeelingmea ntoday

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#9 May 20, 2013
LW1 - Let's take Europe as our model: not everybody needs a high school education. You can go to a tech/trade school after 8th grade.

LW2 - If I had a 102yo relative who was hanging onto life by the last hairs, I'd probably hope they'd kick the bucket soon too. Hopes for inheritance though? That would be a bit too optimistic.

LW3 - Expectation? Maybe. Obligation? No.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#10 May 20, 2013
L1: PSA. Okay. Plan accordingly.

L2: Right. Everyone who works has horrible thoughts and actions. Let's all retire.

L3: No. If they do share you should be very grateful.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#11 May 20, 2013
Hatti_Hollerand wrote:
L2 It's not where you work, it is the "ME" society in general. It's all about "ME" and how can it benefit "ME". The mentality of being kind, courteous, helping a neighbor just for the sake of helping is rare these days. Our young people lack the necessary "home training" in etiquette, morals and just basic right and wrongs.
Is that what we call "progress?"

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#12 May 20, 2013
Cassisfeelingmeantoday wrote:
LW1 - Let's take Europe as our model: not everybody needs a high school education.
Let's not. Europe has a high unemployment rate. Cranking out kids that don't even have a high school education isn't a solution.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#13 May 20, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
Is that what we call "progress?"
I sent you a PM , Dog
Stina

Saint Petersburg, FL

#14 May 20, 2013
LW1: I came up with something good and snarky earlier, but I am tired now and I forgot.

LW2: See comment above.

“Colorful Beyond Words”

Since: May 11

"True Love Never Ends "

#15 May 20, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
Is that what we call "progress?"
I, personally, do not see it as progress.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#16 May 20, 2013
PEllen wrote:
I sent you a PM , Dog
Thanks, got it. But burlap chafes too much. Maybe we'll go with nylon instead? Anyway, we'll talk more about that privately.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#17 May 20, 2013
Hatti_Hollerand wrote:
I, personally, do not see it as progress.
Yeah, me neither. We're definitely not heading in the right direction. Can't imagine what group or ideologues we have to thank for that....

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#18 May 20, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, me neither. We're definitely not heading in the right direction. Can't imagine what group or ideologues we have to thank for that....
Irish-Catholic Amputee Midget Porn Stars?

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#19 May 20, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
Irish-Catholic Amputee Midget Porn Stars?
Close. Lactating transsexual biracial Irish Catholic amputee midget porn stars. THEY'RE the ones to blame.

Now I'm aroused....

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