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Ask anyone what they value most in their life, and if you get them to their core, the first thing is being alive and the second is their “quality of life.” No one will say auto insurance or a big house. While capitalism can work in homeowners insurance and a house can be replaced, it’s not the same with health care. This is evident in every Western society but here.
The residents of other Western nations avoid many life-threatening illnesses because they are treated before they reach critical status.
One could argue the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness includes health care. So when Rick Santorum compares auto insurance to health care, would someone stop his insanity?
I had the opportunity to read how a parent feels me to be diminished since I was against kids cheapening themselves for some fad. Apparently they have never seen, nor have taken the time to research this trend (or has not chaperoned a high school dance lately), or they hopefully would be joining the ever growing number of school districts and parents/students against this in any public funded facility. I am sure that those that support this would be so delighted at the next family wedding, or other event, to see their daughter bent over (with dress pulled up over their waist) gyrating their hips into a person’s lower frontal region for the entire evening would make them so very proud – and I am sure grandma would be so delighted also.
I also dislike when people take my annoyance with that form of gyrating within a public school setting out of context, after all, if this was done in the hallway during a school day it would be considered an assault and they would be arrested. I did mention I was against this at a school dance and that idea will not change. But, imagine my surprise when I suggest that – in an educational setting – we voluntarily teach dancing (all forms) to any student that may want to learn. Since our district supports social events that include “dances” and since many of the students responding to me that they have never had the chance to learn how to “dance,” I suggested that we give them the chance to learn – lessons, I might add, that used to be part of the Peters Township High School curriculum.
I never stated that I wanted to ban this beyond the school property, but I had daughters of that age and if any boy would have tried this with them, they would have never had a second chance (to do ANYTHING!). So, for those parents who feel that their kids only have “value” when they are in their presence, I say to them, let them put on their “spanks” and spend the evening at any private club they want and I will never say a thing. Or, we, in an educational setting, can discuss offering lessons that can take them into their later years providing enjoyment and companionship (I never saw a man that knew how to dance being a wallflower, they always had a partner).
And yes, I would hope that since the introductory free dance lessons (starting March 24 to the first 50 PTHS students at Arthur Murray in McMurray) that they learn how to slow dance, twist, cha-cha, ballroom, et cetera (because different types of music require different dances and it would be nice for them to know the difference). It should be the purpose of all educational organizations to provide knowledge that the students can use in the future. After all, we teach fly fishing in a gym class, is dancing that far out of the realm of reality?
I would therefore advocate to those complaining that I am suggesting that the children (and that is what they are) learn to dance should offer to chaperone the next school dance – where this has not been banned already – and make an informed decision. Besides listening to the many child psychologists (i.e., Dr. Carolyn Ivers-Landis, from the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland) and the American Psychological Association (that have studied the effects of sexualization on young girls) who would disagree with those that think this is only just a fad.
Maybe “parents” should be just that and not best friends with their kids? After all, the responsibility of a parent is to teach positive lessons to pass on to the next generation and it seems that, in the process of passing on “class,” “self-worth” and “value of self” are lessons that some of our generation are earning failing grades (the proof of that is that this conversation has gone on for too long).
And, by the way, if Cyrus was doing the twist rather than twerking with Robin Thicke recently, he probably would not have been adding towards his attorney’s kid’s college fund during the latest Hollywood (Thicke v Thicke) divorce.
The essential nature of the prevalence of surveillance cameras in today’s society is noted again as it was a key component in the great police work which led to the arrest of a man suspected in the killings of East Liberty sisters Susan and Sarah Wolfe, who were slaughtered in their home in February by the type of terrorist who poses a far greater threat to us than those from Saudi Arabia or Yemen.
Dr. Sarah Wolfe’s 2013 purchase of a $210,000 home with a security system in a safe and friendly city like Pittsburgh would have led a reasonable person to conclude that the sisters would be able to live their lives in peace, but it was not to be. (Source: Allegheny County real estate website: 701 Chislett Street)
The person who committed this crime is a savage beast, one who is and is likely to always be a menace to society, a twisted individual with a depraved indifference to human life.
The police are confident that they have their man, and there appears to be an overwhelming amount of evidence against this career criminal, including through DNA. The case can be made that someone with his lengthy rap sheet, which includes a conviction for bank robbery, should not have been free to continue to harm innocent people.
I cannot imagine the fear experienced by the neighbors in this community as a vicious killer was on the loose for many weeks. Thankfully, they can now rest a bit easier.
The public will be watching the legal proceedings to come with the hope that the person who perpetrated an atrocity against two innocent contributors to society will be punished to the fullest extent of the law, which in Pennsylvania, regrettably does not include the death penalty.
To those members of law enforcement who worked so hard and painstakingly to crack this notorious crime, I say, “Thank you and bless you. You are worth your weight in gold!”
Upper St. Clair
I believe Bill Merrell, the Peters Township School Board member who freaked out at a high school dance, needs to go back to school and retake history, as he is doomed to repeat it. I remember how the television cameras were not permitted to show Elvis’s swinging hips and how congress was......
I cannot believe that the Peters Township School Board is even remotely entertaining the idea of offering dance lessons for students because one or more of the board members does not think the students exhibited good taste when dancing at a recent function at the high school. When I was in high......
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