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Re: “This course doesn’t need teachers?

As much as I love online classes for the convenience of learning at flexible hours for the student, it is more time consuming than actually being in a traditional classroom setting. Will I still have the same discipline I now have for online classes if I didn't spend my childhood/adolescence amongst peers of my liking/disliking and without teachers whom strengthens my weaknesses and expose my strengths? Absolutely not. Many things can be replaced or devalued with technology (bookstores, malls, fashion retail, socializing and even dining) teachers are not one of them. Teachers do not just teach, they help shape students' attitudes, behaviors and values. They influence us to become the people we are.

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Posted by Mrs.DanaRomano on 06/03/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Of course it's a symbol of hate, if nothing else, because that's what folks CHOOSE to make it. Please stop kidding yourself, it was about allowing or not allowing slavery into the expansion Westward. I too have relatives who lived, fought, and died on both sides, but in the end they were fighting for what they believed in. The North didn't want slavery moved into Texas and the West, the South believed slavery a necessity. Slavery=Hate because Slavery is believing that you can own another human being, and you can not. Please, educate yourself before embarrassing yourself.

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Posted by crazycazey on 06/03/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Actually Maeve, the reason they weren't prosecuted and executed for treason was logistics. It simply wasn't possible to put them all on trial. Lincoln was criticized for this failure and because there was no accounting made at trial for people like Lee and Jefferson, and other Confederate leaders, later generations started to laud them as heroic. Gen. George Thomas predicted in 1868: "The crime of treason might be covered with a counterfeit varnish of patriotism, so that the precipitators of the rebellion might go down in history hand-in-hand with the defenders of the union."
Battle flags do not make soldiers brave, and losing a war doesn't make you a winner, and false equivalence doesn't change historical fact.

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Posted by rangesaf on 06/03/2017 at 12:10 AM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

The South-hating trolls are out here to dispute those of us who believe what the vast majority know, and have known fo r150 years. "Losers"? I've bet you say that to Native Americans and those who Remember the Alamo and Goliad/La Bahia, for two examples. The brave honor the brave. As to what the Confederate Battle Flag symbolizes, Union General Joshua Chamberlain (the guy portrayed by Jeff Daniels in Gettysburg) said later in life, "The sight of the Confederate Battle Flag always reminded me of the immense bravery of the men who served under it." Chamberlain paid tribute to his foe at Appomattox. This viewpoint is dismissed by those who want to attack the memory of men who served to protect their homes and families. The CBF is a soldiers flag - the naysayers are happy to learn hate and disrespect of American veterans, but not respect and honor - and this reveals them. I do not allow serial murderers to determine my opinions of things, nor race agitators who need fundraising dollars no matter whom it hurts, nor politicians without any genuine statesmanship skills who have more genuine principles and policies upon which to campaign. No Confederate was ever tried for treason by those against whom they fought - and now persons 150 years later hurl names? Puh-leeze. Its people who want to debase real history, and those spreading "offense" as a reason to do something (amusing after a century of Leftism) who are the threat to our country.

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Posted by Maeve Magdalen on 06/02/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

I find it interesting that many people from the south call the civil war the war of northern aggression. Who attacked who at Fort Sumter? If you guessed the North you need to go back to school. As far as old monuments are concerned, if the powers that be decide that getting rid of old symbols of rebellion will help calm people's obsessions with that rebellion I say melt them all down. Their is not one civil war statue that is worth someone's life. The war is over, get over it.

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Posted by Albe Johnson on 06/01/2017 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Maybe to some the flag represents non-emotional history, but as long as people do stuff like flaunt it from their pick-up truck as they chase pedestrians down, yelling racist chants, it has no chance of losing its terrible connection. It's up there with the swastika now, which was an ancient design used thousands of years prior to the creation of the Nazi party. Just too many ugly people associated with these pieces of "history".

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Posted by Lenora McAndrews Degen on 06/01/2017 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Let's take down Martin L King's statues. JFK's. Let's strip all history away. Let's burn the books on the south and the civil war.

Let's tear down Vietnam War Memorial. Lincoln's Memorial, the Washington Monument.

It's all the same folks. You opinion doesn't trump mine. Your rights are not higher or mightier than mine.

The vast majority of the comments here are wearing away the Freedom of Speech.

Maybe more tolerance folks.....

Dave :-)

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Posted by William David Beadles on 06/01/2017 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Hmmm, but you seem to be ok with the revisionist history of not even using the actual confederate flag as your historic symbol. Instead you rewrite history and use the Virginia battle flag as the confederate flag.

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Posted by Bryan Williams on 06/01/2017 at 8:31 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

You say that, but the monuments in new orleans have quotations about white supremacy on them.

The war was about state's rights, to free labor.

The flag is largely a symbol of hate.

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Posted by Steven Alexander Shaver on 06/01/2017 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Its got more to do with the groups that have adopted those symbols as there message of hate and bigotry that make them repulsive to many Americans in this day and time.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 06/01/2017 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Charlies Manson was also part of our history. Do you celebrate him? The confederates lost, just like England, Mexico, and Germany.

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Posted by te on 06/01/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

For a "Daughter of the Confederacy," you seem to know remarkably little about it. You celebrate a flag designed by men who decided that owning their fellow human beings was more important than maintaining the integrity of these United States. It's a symbol of treason, hatred, and inhuman cruelty towards one's fellow man.

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Posted by thetruth1 on 06/01/2017 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Diana Belles sounds like the history revisionist since she is wrong about what schools have been teaching for 150 years. To bad you didn't do anything to explain your position other than to tell people they are wrong.
Just yelling WRONG doesn't even work for #45.

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Posted by TruB on 06/01/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

since when do racist rednecks opinions matter in a civilized society. crawl back under the rock you came from and take your racist flag with you. now these fools are trying to confuse the ignorant's with alternative history... not gonna happen.

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Posted by happyfew on 06/01/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history

Diana, you can't possibly be for real. No one is really that ignorant about US history. My grandfather's cousin, Brigadier General John R. Jones, was commander of Stonewall Jacksons 2nd brigade. He made no apologies for his views on slavery and advocated the violent overthrow of the evil United States to his students at his military school in Maryland. They were traitors, to this country, to the constitution, and to the cause of the revolution. They should have had their lands confiscated, their money taken, and been put to forced labor to repair the damage they caused, because they were the losers of that war, and they surrendered unconditionally. But Lincoln didn't see that as helpful in getting the country back on its feet and allowed the "South" to rebuild and become economically viable again. That they decided to build monuments to their losing cause and glorifying a symbol of enslavement was their attempt to rewrite history. It might make you angry that there are those who see removal of these monuments as a step in the direction of healing the divisions that still exist in this country.
I had 25 ancestors fighting for the Union and 16 for the confederacy. The survivors helped each other to heal, becoming founders and builders of churches and helping to rebuild the farms and plantations of middle Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina. THAT is the history of the war.

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Posted by rangesaf on 06/01/2017 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Reader: 'God doesn't reward show offs'

Seth How could she? Wouldnt be in practice if she did.Single payer wouldnt be free its paid for by taxes or like Medicare. It sure works well everywhere in the world. Why not here? Now I dont have the documentation but everyone I know and talk to is in favor and it would save all of us a bunch of dough. The only ones I hear of not in favor are the Pharm. Corporations and insurance lobby.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 05/31/2017 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Reader: 'God doesn't reward show offs'

[Quran 31:18] And do not treat people with arrogance, nor walk proudly on earth. God does not love the arrogant showoffs.

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Posted by Talal Itani on 05/31/2017 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Reader: 'God doesn't reward show offs'

Madeleine Jacobs: Please cite the documentation that shows the MAJORITY of Americans support a single payer health care system AND as an M.D. (if practicing) do you treat patients for free and pay for expenses out of your pocket? Didn't think so!

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Posted by Seth Cooper on 05/31/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Reader: Another civics lesson, via Obama-era politics

Please note: The blogger calling himself "Jeff Flatz" is an imposter. He is not the author of the letter, Jeff Faltz.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/31/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Reader: Strawberry Fields idea is criminal

To continue:)
....held in secret, to the deaf ears of six council members all the way through to the amazingly speedy execution of a conservation easement which is not in compliance with the resolution which the city council passed. There is a very good chance that the appeal which is presently being considered by the Colorado State Court of Appeals will succeed and Strawberry Fields will be returned to its rightful owners. This will be Justice in its finest hour - not only for the citizens of Colorado Springs, but also as precedent for people fighting privatization of public lands in every city and town across our nation.
Please consider a donation to the Strawberry Fields legal fund at

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Posted by doonya on 05/30/2017 at 6:49 PM

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