In all my years, only one celebrity death managed to finally bring tears to my eyes: Alan Rickman.
 April 21, 2016 at 5:52pm
Dano, he said he lives one house away from the school’s BOUNDARY line, the very edge of the district. In a rural school district that covers a lot of territory, that is a LONG way from the school building itself.
 April 2, 2016 at 6:20pm
Um, clearly you did not carefully read the article. She has been accepted into their Career, Independent Living & Learning Studies program, which was specially designed for students with special needs. She will be learning the adult skills she needs to live on her own and she gets a chance to try out those skills away from her family. I know parents of special needs children who are quite concerned about how their child will cope when the parents get older and eventually pass away. They will take great comfort in knowing that their child can take care of themselves some day.
I have two freinds with Down Syndrome children. One was adopted and is working at Safeway the other died in his 20's. Both are/were wonderful people. Both got the training they needed to survive from their parents. A made up degree would have helped them not at all. But ownership of a starter home (the cost of a college degree) will. A good trust, loving parents and friends will do better then a bogus degree.
 March 26, 2016 at 5:20pm
After I had my baby, I took him to class for the first few weeks after he was born. If I needed to take care of him, I went to the back of the room where there was a table or something. No one said a word to me about it.
I've has youngsters of all ages in my classes. Told one very well-behaved young lady who attended class fairly regularly with her mother, that she (the daughter) probably wouldn't need to take algebra when she got to college, because she had already taken the class. She thought that was neat.
 March 23, 2016 at 11:02am
I watched this movie before I sent it to my adult daughters (who loved going to Girls Camp) and this movie was amazing! It’s not going to be what you expect. I especially loved the little girl with the anxiety issues and I loved the hard-core military lady with the softer side. This movie has something for everybody!
 March 18, 2016 at 6:43pm
“…during a pep rally aimed at exciting students for the state’s upcoming Standards Assessment Tests.”
Does anyone think that needing a pep rally to excite students about the upcoming assessment tests is a STUPID THING TO HAVE TO DO???? First of all they shouldn’t even be doing these assessment tests. The only people benefiting from those tests are the testing companies getting all that money from the schools. I was subbing at a middle school during testing week and on the day of the tests they wanted all the teachers to wear the school colors to get the kids pumped up about the tests. Pep rallies in general are an annoying wasted of valuable teaching time.
March 7, 2016 at 8:34am
Spanish speakers are now using the @ sign at the end of a word that can end with o or a, depending on if the person is male or female. For instance, hermano is brother and hermana is sister. If you want to reference their sibling, but don’t know if it is a boy or girl, you can type herman@. But that’s for writing. I don’t think it’s pronounceable.
 February 21, 2016 at 10:14pm
Soon it’s going to be, “Did you go to college?” “Yes” “Goodbye, I’ll hire someone who actually did some work for a while.”
Yeah. I don't think that would work for most fields. Statistics, engineering, almost any science field, law, medical field, etc. This is just a small group of students that most people usually just ignore.You just don't get stories on the blaze about millions of hard working college students. Just stories about a handful of idiots.
 February 14, 2016 at 8:18am
I’ve got news for you, but you would be surprised how many high school Spanish teachers out there would have a real problem holding an extended conversation in Spanish. They may have had four years of high school Spanish, another four years of college Spanish and have those grammar rules and conjugations down pat and can now teach them to the next generation of high schoolers, but unless they have spent some real time in a Spanish-speaking country living among the people, their conversational skills are lacking. Two weeks back-packing in Spain doesn’t cut it. I went to summer school for 6 weeks in Mexico and that’s an improvement, but I’m not where I want to be. The best way to learn any language if you can’t go to the country: Find a TPRS language teacher. The worst way to learn a language: online. Computers aren’t real people saying things you can’t predict ahead of time.
 February 14, 2016 at 8:09am
“Learning to speak English” is an ongoing achievement. At what point do you consider someone to be able to “speak English”? When they can buy things at a store? When they can have a discussion about bio-chemistry? When they no longer have an accent? Be patient with someone who is learning English. It is one of the most impossible languages on the planet and you should thank God every day that you grew up speaking it instead of having to learn it as an outsider. We have assimilated so much vocabulary from so many different languages that spelling and pronunciation rules are completely tangled.
In truth, most people I know, meaning American citizens, still have difficulty speaking American-English properly, but when I speak of learning to speak English, I mean that when carrying on a conversation, not lasping back into another language because you simply do not know. I have travelled this country far and wide, and after listening to all the different accents, knowing each one is considered still speaking English, accents aint no problem. The problem is when people simply refuse to learn the perferred language of the country in which you are residing. I happen to speak a few languages. I was raised on the Cherokee language, learned English, learned French, some German, some Russian, and even some jive, but when conversing with an American citizen, I do not speak in a foreign language and then tell them that they have to learn my language to understand me. That is simple and direct disrespect.
 February 1, 2016 at 9:48pm
Free market capitalism is you make something or do something and you get paid for it. Then you get to keep the money you get paid. Keep in mind that the (successful) corporate CEO’s are the ones who know how to make the right decisions to keep their company growing and those companies provide jobs for people who make something or do something and get paid for it….and then they should be allowed to keep the money they are paid so they can buy someone else’s products and services so that person can get paid and keep their money so they can buy someone else’s products and services…..
 January 25, 2016 at 8:01am
Hey, at least she made it to the hospital. I didn’t. My last child was born in the back of the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Best birth I ever had. No drugs, no monitors. Even my husband noticed I looked better after this birth than any of the others.
January 21, 2016 at 9:38pm
Did anyone notice that the judge was Mindy Glazer? She’s the one featured last year who had someone appear before her that she grew up with in middle school!
My public school education tells me that #14 will be Homeschool....
 June 10, 2015 at 8:52am
Whoa! Wa-a-a-ay too many assumptions here! Wal-Mart does NOT require proof of disability to use the motorized carts. I have used the motorized cart after a long day on my feet. I used the motorized cart the other day when I sprained my ankle. The woman was a jerk for using bad language, not because she used a motorized cart.
You used the cart after a long day on your feet? Are you freaking kidding me? Spraining your ankle is one thing, but because your feet are tired? Disgusting.
 May 13, 2015 at 8:00am
I agree. Nothing drives me more nuts than people that bring along their dog and then leave them in the car. I had to spend some time driving around with a lady who brought her dog everywhere and was stuck with the stupid thing sitting on my lap.
May 9, 2015 at 8:53pm
Oh, and you don’t use it with yourself, you allow other people to use it with your name. When introducing yourself, you just say, “I am Smith.” Let someone else refer to you as Smith-san.
May 9, 2015 at 8:46pm
Just add -san to the person’s last name. The Japanese have been doing it for hundreds of years. It’s a title of respect and is completely gender-neutral.
Oh, and you don't use it with yourself, you allow other people to use it with your name. When introducing yourself, you just say, "I am Smith." Let someone else refer to you as Smith-san.
 May 8, 2015 at 9:10am
Some people think that “Thou shalt not commit adultery nor anything like unto it” was just being mean on God’s part. Nope. He wants you to be happy and He wants to prevent problems like this. Had she (and they) obeyed that commandment this would be a non-issue.