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Night nurse defeats the purpose of parenthood

i mean if youwant to have kids then you are supposed to' teach them how to respect others. I borrowed your comments to show you how very critical your response is. I'm surprised Borgman wrote something so catty because I usually enjoy reading her work. While you may be up all night every night, you will doze off at some time. You too are missing the same precious time bonding with your child as the mom who hires a night nurse. She will be alert and bonding with her baby while you are dozing, cranky and exhausted. Baby will be stressed because exhausted mom is not able to think clearly. She could forget to turn off the stove, leave the door unlocked or fall down the stairs with baby because she is so exhausted. Her exhaustion may not allow her to realize she isn't as good as a mom and she should be. <tongue in cheek> At $200 a night, you can be 'rest assured' the night nurse is not going to be used very often. This thread sounds like a bunch of jealous clucking hens. Please don't pass that attitude on to your children.  (Apr 16, 2007 | post #45)

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IPS looks to buoy more kids at risk of sinking

The only way to improve schools is to give ALL parents a choice. Competition in academics, program offerings, safety, extra-curricular activities, quality of teachers will have a positive affect on all schools. As soon as schools have to earn the business, you will see incredible changes. I'd like to see our public schools compete with private schools but not for the reasons you may think. Put the money in the parents hands and let them choose. Public school educators claim they can't change the demographics and have to take what they get. True, but if parents had the freedom to choose, schools would have to get very creative. Public schools would finally separate the hoodlums and focus on the students who behave, in order to survive. Once they do that, there may not be as much of a difference between public and private. There should be entire classrooms dedicated to helping the remedial students. Schools have to quit putting everyone in the same room. It doesn't work.  (Apr 16, 2007 | post #83)

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Employee shot outside Southwestside Kroger

I would like their description, the description of the car and whatever other information is given. I don't understand what is wrong with giving the facts. We may catch more criminals if we get all the information. Americas Most Wanted catches criminals because they give information to the public. Why can't the paper?  (Apr 16, 2007 | post #56)

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IPS teacher cleared of manhandling pupil

It makes you wonder why schools refuse to separate the offenders and maintain schools for learners and nonlearners. I'd think if teachers are supposed to be professionals they would know how to handle students a little better.  (Apr 15, 2007 | post #186)

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IPS teacher cleared of manhandling pupil

I've had enough dealings with public educators to know, there is more to this story. The teacher 'got out of jail free'. The teacher lacks skills and should be removed. Since schools are basically unaccountable, this nonsense will continue and the public will continue to believe what the schools tell them.  (Apr 15, 2007 | post #185)

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Purdue parents hire law firm after son's death

Good science does not jump to conclusions quickly, unlike others. Your pathology presents itself in this forum; although the specifics would need to be assessed formally. I don't pretend to be an expert on electrocution but there are documented cases where the body can be severely burned exposing organs and tissue to the air.(electrocution by transformer) This would result in faster decompostion and odor. Charred human flesh gives off a very pungent odor--ask a firefighter. Skin can give off a strong odor baking in a tanning bed. Why do you assume it wouldn't have a strong odor if it is burned by electrocution? 2 months is a long time for a body to just sit around in a transformer room. The odors would be very obvious well before a 2 month time period. (There was a vent to the outside where garabage collectors picked up trash at least once a week) If the body was lying on live wires for 2 months, I can't help but suspect there would have been pinging sounds, a black out or some other electrical problem long before now. Wouldn't rigor mortis and gas releases cause the body to shift? btw: you sound like you have an awful lot of information on this case. Have you read the coroner's report? How do you know there was no sign of struggle? Why would you discount something that is highly suspicious like the 3 males who have attacked at least one student? Another student filed a report on an attack that was almost identical but is later discredited. This happened in the same area where Wade disappeared! You don't need to find multiple bodies--Wade could be their first kill--unless of course you know something more about this. Tell me what your experiences have been with a 1 week old decomposed body.  (Apr 12, 2007 | post #173)

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Purdue parents hire law firm after son's death

I'm going to assume he WAS going back to his dorm and something happened to him on his way back. His cell phone was with him so don't you think he would call the friend with his coat to drop it off? Why would he go to such effort in the freezing cold without a shoe to break in just to get a coat? Assuming his friend with the coat was there, why didn't he just call him? If his friend wasn't in the dorm, the dorm room door would more than likely be locked anyway. It doesn't add up. So, it just doesn't make sense to me to say Wade was breaking into a dorm to get his coat. No one even knows for sure if he went into this transformer room VOLUNTARILY. Purdue public relations wants you to think that.  (Apr 12, 2007 | post #167)

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Purdue parents hire law firm after son's death

I will admit I don't know what your pathology is but I am confident there is one. There are too many outstanding questions which is why I don't understand why there is a rush to call this an accident. There WOULD be an odor both from the burns and decomposition. An odor would have been detected when the door was opened initially. Imagine burning the corner on a piece of toast----that smell would fill the first floor of a large mansion. Human flesh has a much stronger smell. His body was in a small room the size of a one car garage. You would smell burnt and dying tissue. Burns also expose the tissue and organs below which would not be 'cooked' as you say and would more than likely decompose quicker. Don't you think it is rather odd the search and rescue dogs missed the slipper and the body within a few feet of where he was last seen? These dogs would have found the body and the slipper if this accident happened the way you think it did. There are 3 goons loose on campus attacking students. They attacked one student by beating him from the back until he fought back and escaped. I suspect Timothy Collins was also attacked but for some strange reason recanted. I wonder if this happened to Wade Steffy. Did he lose his slipper when they drug him into the room? Possibly. It is very unlikely the accident happened the way the public relations department at Purdue is spinning it, IMHO. You can't place blame until all the facts are revealed. I would like to know how many other rooms like this exist. Are they marked? How are they secured? Hopefully, OSHA has been contacted and a thorough investigation is or will take place on the Purdue campus.  (Apr 11, 2007 | post #131)

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Westfield students arrested on pot charges

Quite acting like a jealous ninny! Drugs are everywhere. You should take your own advice because no one is immune to the devastating affects of drugs. Your 'precious angel' could do the very thing you described. Quit passing judgement on others and focus on your own backyard. It's about time Westfield started doing something about the drug culture in the school. They should have dog sniffers in on a regular basis. Every school should.  (Apr 11, 2007 | post #179)

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Anti-abortion picketer arrested

If you are talking about a 20 ft median, you are talking about traffic that is usually traveling excessivly fast! This kook was in a high traffic area so his poster could be seen by many. This high traffic area is no place for children! NO child should be in the middle of the street on a median! It does not matter what size it is because it is in the middle of traffic! They were a distraction, the signs were a distraction; taking motorists' eyes off the road where they should be. Cars are going at least 30 mph and a child could be killed instantly with one slight movement or mistake--especially since they were so distracting.  (Apr 11, 2007 | post #257)

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IPS teacher cleared of manhandling pupil

You are mistaken, I am not jen. I don't believe there is any doubt the teacher grabbed the child by the neck and threw him down. The student may not have responded to the teacher's demands on his time table but it does not permit anyone to react so violently. The teacher is unfit and should be fired.  (Apr 11, 2007 | post #178)

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State to kids: Care about tests

You obviously don't have kids because if you think children are going to be happy spending all their free time in a library, you are dense! Children engage is numerous age appropriate activities and yes some are video games. I enjoy the Big Brain Academy and Brain Age. Dance Dance Revolution is fun for everyone. Wii Play and Wii Sports are a great deal of fun and will not harm kids when done in moderation. Kids learn much more today than in years past because they can Google anything they want to understand better. When my 7 year old wanted to learn more about the Grand Canyon, he looked it up and became a walking textbook on the topic. Kids like to burn off energy which is why after school sports programs are vital. The library is a great place to visit although they don't seem to do a very good job attracting kids 10+. By that age, projects and exhibits are the usual draw. Kids who stay in the library all day every day reading will get fat so you have to have balance. They need to socialize and discover their interests. Most kids want to do well which is why most grades will fall at C or better. A small percentage of students do not do well for various reasons. A fraction of this group could have emotional disorders that could, I suppose, cause them to avenge their principal in the way you described.  (Apr 11, 2007 | post #27)

The Indianapolis Star

State to kids: Care about tests

I made a mistake. It's Jay Mathews with The Post. He writes quite a bit on educational issues. One of the biggest challenges public educators face is how to deal with putting an entire community of extremes under one roof. Most of us are not forced to eat lunch with the homeless bag lady but kids are doing this every day at school. Educators are not trained to manage these relationships which is why violence continues to escalate. Everyone has a right to be educated but it shouldn't be a free for all. Students must respect and abide by the rules. Teachers must be trained and competent. Administrators must have appropriate programs to meet the needs of the community. Parents should be supportive. Students must come to school ready to learn. Teachers don't have control if a student refuses to learn. Parents don't have control if a teacher refuses to teach. Students will not be able to learn to the best of their abilities if they are not able to participate in their academic plan. Anyone who uses public schools should pay and relieve those who are not. The only kids entitled to a free education should be on welfare. Parents should be free to enroll their kids in any school they want and be responsible to get them there. Parents should pay for bus service. Private schools should be able to compete for the dollar because that will force the public schools to improve. Violent amd disruptive kids are not entitled to an education. They should be housed in 'juvie' type schools so they can no longer interfer with those students who want to learn.  (Apr 11, 2007 | post #26)

The Indianapolis Star

State to kids: Care about tests

Everyone understands the value of parental involvement. I can walk into a school with lots of parental involvement and see a curriculum that is mediocre. The parents along with the teachers are usually grinning ear to ear with all the success they think they are having with their 'high' test scores. Carmel schools is one example of this and so is HSE. Quite frankly, all the public schools are terribly average--some are worse than that. Schools must be accountable and parents must have the power to enroll their kids in a school of their choosing. If families have control over the district dollars, schools WILL improve. Socialized education is a failure.  (Apr 11, 2007 | post #25)

The Indianapolis Star

Purdue parents hire law firm after son's death

There is a difference, friend. You are being very disrespectful to a dead young man and his family. You have no clue what the circumstances really were. Why are you so compelled to malign his character especially since no one knows for sure if this was an accident or a homicide. Your comments suggest to me you are jealous of this accomplished student and concerned his death will affect your wallet. Maybe you are also a little ashamed of Purdue for being so ignorantly negligent.  (Apr 11, 2007 | post #125)

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