I had written to Mayor Meeker and the city council before mandatory restrictions were put in place. I had suggested that instead of using complex rules (that are bound to be broken) that a progressive rate system should be used for city water customers. Sane amounts of water would be billed at an affordable rate, and several tiers beyond that should provide a stiff incentive to conserve when the water bill comes in.
My suggestion went totally ignored without comment from the council members or from Mayor Meeker.
It's a shame that this wasn't posted until a day before the event. Turnout probably would have been a lot stronger with some more notice. I wish I could have been there.
This is a wonderful insight into how the decision to homeschool is always unique to the family circumstances. And even within the family, sometimes only specific children go down the homeschool path.
I'm another Wake County homeschooler. In my own case, I feel that my own public school experience wasted so many opportunities for me. I also felt cheated by the political indoctrination that I received from my teachers that does not match in any way with my current (libertarian-leaning) principles.
My three children now get to hear many more points of view than I ever got to hear. When they ask tough questions, I let them know up front "People disagree about this." I then tell them "This is what your parents think" and follow up with "Here are some of the other popular beliefs." From there, I encourage them to explore the issues for themselves.
So much for being "Independent"
I respect her courage and determination but I deplore the way she exploits her dead son, who probably wouldn't have agreed with her, and can't speak up to defend his name.
She has a leg to stand on without exploiting her son. I really wish she would.
The sad thing is here the intolerance swings both ways:
"This is the South," says Luckadoo. "This is the heart of Southern Baptist country. It's hard for students to disengage from their backgrounds. That's exactly why we need an LGBT center here. We need to change the overall climate of our university."
So Southern Baptists are by nature homophobic? I used to be involved in ministry in the SBC and while I am not any longer, when I was there I saw nothing that would indicate that gay-bashing was being preached. If anything, I think there was a sense of frustration of "how do we make these people feel more welcome among us?"
Yes, there are a few outspoken and intolerant idiots but apparently the Baptists don't have a monopoly on that.
The TTA isn't going to have a rail line in Raleigh in the next 10 years. They ought to at least discuss the possibility of offering a 10 year lease on the properties to someone who will do something with it.
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