Sep 3, 2008
What is being shoved down your throat? President Obama gave his opinion on gay marriage, in the same way that you are giving yours. He's an American citizen and has that right. You have to learn to agree to disagree with people. If a day comes when gay marriage is legal, you will have to accept that as well. You don't have to get married to a gay person if you don't want to. That's not the point of the arguments in favor of gay marriage. The point is to allow people to make personal decisions on their own. I am in favor of a culture of equal protection under the law for ALL American citizens.. (Jun 10, 2012 | post #2)
So, your entire argument against gay marriage is based on their inability to have procreational sex? That being the case, should people who aren't able to have children for whatever reason also not be allowed to get married? (Jun 10, 2012 | post #581)
As a proud product of the Lebanon School District, and having attended Henry Houck Elementary School, I just want to wish Tom and Beth Jordan both a very happy retirement. How lucky we are in the Lebanon School District to have been blessed with people who remained loyal to their roots. They were exactly where they needed to be. Mr. Jordan, working in the school district for 35 years, and Mrs. Jordan for 32, they changed the lives of many - including my own. As far as Mrs. Jordan goes, she was not my teacher, but I did attend Henry Houck Elementary School and that building is a family. It's so much more than an academic building. To this day, I still keep in touch with my elementary school teachers - including Mrs. Jordan who I never even had as an actual teacher! That says a lot about the type of person that she is, and the type of teacher that she has been throughout the years. She has remained as energetic, caring, and courteous all these years. It reminds me and I feel that it should remind everyone of how blessed we are to have movers and shakers like the Jordan's. Mr. Jordan was obviously the principal of Lebanon High School while I was a student there. As a member of the class of 2010, I can say that I saw his enthusiasm with all of our events. He was never opposed to listening to our ideas and thinking of ways to encourage us to do better. He believed in us. He wasn't expecting the worse. He always expected the best, and hoped for the best, too! It was great knowing that if I ever needed anything, Mr. Jordan would be there. Throughout my first year in college at Lebanon Valley College, I made several visits to Lebanon High School and made sure that I said hi to him every single time that I was there. He was always willing to chat for a few minutes and always asked if I needed anything. It was refreshing. Finally, although my letter is emphasizing my sincere appreciation and respect for these two outstanding individuals, I just think that it's important to recognize all of our teachers within the Lebanon School District. There are more people with that same enthusiasm and eagerness to help people accomplish their goals. I was so glad to hear that Mr. Danz had been appointed as Mr. Jordan's replacement. It's a big role to fill, but I'm glad that he was the choice. I foresee good things happening at Lebanon High School. And to the class of 2011, congratulations! You made it! Be confident that the education received at Lebanon is one of quality. In my first year, I've done so well and I owe a lot of my success to Lebanon. I'm President of my class, Vice President of the Lebanon Valley Educational Partnership, chair of the Handicap Accessibility Committee in Student Government, and chair of the Social Justice Council. I will also serve as a resident assistant in the upcoming year. Be confident in yourselves. I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes. “I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.” (May 26, 2011 | post #7)
I'm so proud of Justin for all that he's done in his 4 years of high school. I'm glad that he's pulling through and that he's used music as a means of staying motivated. I wasn't involved with the music department in high school, but I know from having best friends that were that Timothy Eck is amazing at what he does and we're lucky to have him at Lebanon. As an alumni, Justin, you make me proud! Congratulations and best of luck to you in college. I know you'll do great. I just can't believe that you guys are graduating already. It seems like just yesterday I was walking into that high school for the first day as a senior. It's an exciting time. Enjoy your trip in Chicago, it's well deserved, for sure! Shout out to everyone else in the cast. You're all amazing, as usual! Thanks for showing the community that there is talent at Lebanon! Love you all, go Cedars! (Mar 7, 2011 | post #6)
I have absolutely zero intentions in working in Lebanon County. Lebanon was a great place to grow up, but I don't see it as a place where I could develop a career. The reason for this is that I'm not a Republican, and I'm proud of that. :) I have had big dreams since I was a kid, which is what you keep calling me for whatever reason - I've turned many of those dreams into realities. I'm not going to go into that with you because frankly I don't feel a need to be that intimate with you. That's my business and absolutely none of yours. My life is none of your concern. Preoccupy yourself with your life. Don't worry about mine. You're a Republican nutjob, so why don't you practice what your friends preach? We're all about individualism here, right? Worry about yourself and let everyone else do what they want, and when they want. Ultimately, whether or not I'm successful is up to me - not you. If I give into the social pressures that people like you try to push onto me, I would not be successful. It's because I don't, never have, and never will that I have a chance at being successful whether you like it or not :) Get over it Thomas Paine.. you're not significant! We're in 2011. Your argument is antiquated. (Feb 7, 2011 | post #44)
You are a riot! I went to Lebanon, and your characterization of it is so exaggerated that I actually laughed A LOT while reading your horrible excuse for a reply. Get a life. You aren't a high school teacher. I certainly don't believe that for a second. Our teachers are typically educated and know how to spell and use proper grammar. Where did you get your degree from? The KKK? They're uneducated, so I wouldn't doubt it. You're a worthless waste of skin, and I find you to be repulsive. Get over it because Hispanics and African Americans are going absolutely nowhere! This country is NO LONGER a country run by white people. In the same way that I am against Hispanics and blacks using the race card to justify their stupid behavior, I'm not in support of your bigoted response. Get a life. The North won in 1865! We're in 2011! (Feb 6, 2011 | post #67)
The rhetoric that somehow this country's leaders should operate under the same premise that the framers operated under is getting old. It's foolish. We aren't the same country that we were in 1787 when they all met at the Philadelphia Convention and collectively wrote our Constitution. The North won in 1865, women have the right to vote, and people of different colors have positions of power. We're getting closer to being equal. I'm not advocating black or Hispanic supremacy. I'm advocating equality. I think that we should address issues for what they are worth, and quit turning them into racial rants. I wrote a letter to the editor about the NAACP suing the Lebanon School District and claiming that the district was unfairly targeting racial minorities. I think that if I want equality, I need to expect the same standards. If you're an idiot, you're an idiot regardless of what your race is. Period. I'm fair in that regard; however, I will not allow some idiot who writes on here anonymously by the name of Thomas Paine degrade me because he hasn't gotten over the fact that the Confederacy LOST in 1865, and that we are now in 2011! You can continue making all of the racial slurs that you want. It doesn't make me question my ability to excel. That's the reality. I know who I am and what I'm about, and I also know what I need to do in order to get to where I want to be. You will get over that because we aren't going anywhere. And you'll see more Sonia Sotomayor's, Clarence Thomas', Barack Obama's, Thurgood Marshall's in the world. In the same way, there will also be more Thaddeus Stevens' in the world who will fight for what they believe is right. They're people who don't support your bigoted ideals and believe in an America where we're all equal regardless of race and/or ethnicity. (Feb 6, 2011 | post #42)
I'm not bad mouthing anyone. What I said was that Mike Folmer is extreme and I'm not attracted by that brand of politics. I am going to make a difference somehow, somewhere down the line, Thomas Paine. That day I might let you wash my car. It's right-wing nutjobs such as yourself who keep us from advancing politically. No one runs this country. Not "my people" or "your people" -- whether you want to admit this or not, we're all Americans. I'm just as if not more American than you are because I've developed an appreciation for the democracy that this country has become, because it certainly wasn't one originally. We've democratized over time and we've developed a deeper appreciation for diversity. I think that's great and it's what has you frustrated. I guarantee that you'll get over it though. I won't kiss anyone's ass. Believe that :) This won't be the first time you'll hear me speaking out against people who I consider to be extreme such as Mike Folmer. I guarantee you this as well :) (Feb 6, 2011 | post #41)
I know! Glenn Beck's another hilarious character. I'm not a fan of Mike Folmer because of this. I think that we need to accept the fact that we're in 2011. It seems like the only time when Republicans and Democrats come together is when they're borrowing money. Enough is enough. This is an American deficit, not a Republican deficit or a Democratic deficit. We have to stop name calling. This doesn't only apply to people on the right. I've seen people on the left do it as well. It's about owning up to that and denouncing people from your side and the other side of the aisle. That brand of politics is sickening. (Feb 4, 2011 | post #3)
Thank you Roy :) I do too! (Jan 25, 2011 | post #58)
Who is the trash, in your eyes? (Jan 21, 2011 | post #43)
Let me tell you something. I'm a Hispanic. I'm Puerto Rican, and I am not only against this but also disgusted by it. Listen to yourself. You are justifying this by saying that not everyone is in compliance of every law. Does that justify committing a crime? Does that mean that the school district should stop filing these reports because not everyone is in compliance of every law? That has got to be the most ridiculous argument I've seen on this entire thread. If you don't have an argument, just don't say anything - otherwise you're going to sound foolish. (Jan 21, 2011 | post #39)
That isn't true at all. If you take advantage of the school's AP and Honors programs, you can get an excellent education and do very well at schools everywhere. Michelle Skettini is at an Ivy League school, along with Ellen Dreibiblis. I have friends who graduated with me or in years before me at Temple University, Notre Dame, University of Connecticut, Millersville, Kutztown, and etc.. I'm at Lebanon Valley College, a private 4-year institution. I made Dean's list my first semester. I don't feel that I'm less prepared than my peers. Your comments are just stupid. There are a lot of students who have done wonderful things after graduating from Lebanon. If you don't have the initiative to do well in your classes, push yourself to take advanced courses, and want to do well after highs school, you won't regardless of which school district you're a part of. (Jan 21, 2011 | post #22)
Q & A with Tvaldes
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