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'Idol' tryout's life ends violently -- victim of hit and run

Profile has my name genius.  (Jul 27, 2009 | post #132)

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'Idol' tryout's life ends violently -- victim of hit and run

I'm all for your (or anybody elses) right to free speech and if the people posting are willing to put their name by their hate-filled posts then so be it. This isn't free speech, this is virtual graffiti.  (Jul 26, 2009 | post #97)

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'Idol' tryout's life ends violently -- victim of hit and run

How hateful some of you are. IF you are going to post such drivel--at least register..Stand up and shout your bitterness loud and proud! I couldn't imagine being so hurtful I'd post some of this stuff. The show set her up. They knew she wasn't going to get through, saw that she was delusional and hotheaded and so went to her home and filmed so she got the impression she was going through. Crash TV pure and simple. Nothing wrong with that, that's what makes the first few shows what they are. It was also strange that she left the audtion room with class and then started ranting afterward...Very likely someone let her know this was her 15 minutes and so she got her tirade going--and while she acted like a buffoon--it hardly makes her very tragic death something to celebrate or mock. In short order, this forum will be deleted because some of you are too dumb to see how inappropriate your comments are.  (Jul 26, 2009 | post #66)

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'American Promise'

She owned a fishing company, an outdoor recreational equipment company and was a sports reporter--before taking on the mayoral duties of a town the population slightly larger than Bangor. This is executive experience? David, your smarter than this. You know darn well how hard you'd be hitting the dems if they came up with an equivelant to her.  (Aug 29, 2008 | post #101)

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'American Promise'

Weren't you complaining about Obama's lack of experience the other day? Two years ago this woman was the mayor of a city with a population of 8,000. She's a lightweight. What has she done that gives any credibility whatsoever to the idea she should be President when McCain drops dead? Well you'll have to move on from the experience argument. Hannity will give you some pointers tonight. Or you can just check out some of your favorite right-wing sites.  (Aug 29, 2008 | post #87)

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'American Promise'

Not everyone is so smart to spend their entire life commenting on this board. THAT makes a difference!  (Aug 29, 2008 | post #70)

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'American Promise'

Now you are going to tell me she's a brilliant choice. Do you have a conference call with Sean Hannity/Rush Limbaugh in the morning?  (Aug 29, 2008 | post #68)

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Test score melt down in high school

It's the reading scores that are almost universally lower. And if you are complaining about the "teaching p hilosophy"... the "teaching philosophy" is dictated by the state..IE "Teach to the test"--which they are doing. There are bad teachers, it would be folly to suggest otherwise. There are also dumb kids and kids who are raised in an environment where school is not a priority. Without a strong home environment, the teachers have no chance. Don't be too thick to realize that.  (Aug 17, 2008 | post #28)

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Test score melt down in high school

I'm fully aware they don't have to take it. I was just pointing out that the tests probably do more harm than good for the overall curriculum.  (Aug 17, 2008 | post #25)

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Test score melt down in high school

I am of the firm but maybe unpopular conviction that some students simply have to be left behind. In our effort to create a nation that knows how to take a standardized tests (there are actually programs that show you how you can improve your standardized test results by 20-30% without knowing a single bit more knowledge) we are, in a sense, leaving our most promising students behind. Or at the very least, not allowing them to spread our wings. My theory is make sure the kids way out in the front of the pack are challenged to a tee (and not wasting weeks testing) so they can create jobs for our "left behind" students. Another thing, the manner of teaching reading is flawed. While we obviously need little children to read out loud to see if they know how to read---this manner of "reading " (repeating each word in your mind verbatim) is about the worst method one can use to help students in reading comprehension. Main ideas are lost as the focus is on the the individual words. I do have to wonder if "tracking " has something to do with it. You put the underperforming students in a group of underperforming students--it creates a culture which tends to worsen, not improve, test results. I'm not so thick as to suggest the answer is simply putting the lower-performing students in the A-track programs--but just like there's a "culture of poverty"--the re's in a sense a "culture of underachievement. " Notice the better schools (in our area Moravian Academy) don't even touch these tests. I also don't like how NCLB buts the entire onus on the teacher and acts like all of the students are equal and the teachers make or break the results. Show me a school in a white, upper middle class neighborhood, and I'll show you a good school. The decrease in test scores is almost a direct inverse correlation with the increase in hispanic/black population. I'm not interested in another hispanic bashing session---I'd rather focus on ways to improve the situation.  (Aug 17, 2008 | post #19)

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Most first generation immigrants didn't learn English and settled in towns where everything from the banks to the newspapers were in their native tongue (I know that doesn't apply to anyone on this board, Everybody here had relatives that learned English in 10 minutes). Benjamin Franklin used to complain about the street signs written in German. A lot of these issues are nothing new. In fact virtually none of them are.  (Jul 26, 2008 | post #222)

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They are definitely racist up there. Not everyone--like anything else--but certainly not open to change.  (Jul 26, 2008 | post #135)

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Unfortunately in places you don't like to admit, the illegals help our economy.  (Jul 26, 2008 | post #134)

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In city neighborhood, fear reigns

There have been cases of innocent people just happening to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, Sandra Yohe and the gentleman shot attending a graduation party come immediately to mind, I agree that a majority of the homicides are situations where people were playing with fire (drug runners and domestic situations). If you aren't into drugs or in a screwed up home situation, you are still relatively safe in ALlentown--problem is perception trumps reality.  (Jul 20, 2008 | post #37)

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In city neighborhood, fear reigns

You don't take vacations? I love all of these people who act like Allentown's problems are Pawloski's (or any one mayors) fault. With fiscal woes beyond imagination, white flight to the 'burbs that began YEARs ago being replaced by renters who have no interest in the long-term welfare of Allentown, poor schools (Again, a problem that started years ago) so nobody with kids want to move there, a tax base know where near enough to support a police force necessary for the situation---the simplistic and silly answer is to blame the current mayor when these problems are epidimic and don't get turned around in short order. You can argue certain aspects of Pawloski's approach, but I have yet to see any evidence anybody else could do better. Did you see the mayoral debates? Pawloski was the only one who inspired any confidence at all. They elected the best choice. Many major cities face the same problems Allentown does, Reading and Easton are nearby examples but there are many others. To give a one-line answer to all the woes plagueing (sp) the city is inane.  (Jul 20, 2008 | post #35)

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