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Yes, include special ed kids in regular classes, but for right reasons

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Yes, include special ed kids in regular classes, but for right reasons As a longtime advocate for students with disabilities, and one of the early leaders in this country for including them in regular education classrooms, I was heartened to read [the Dec. 3 article] “District to Revise Special Ed Program.” Having said that, I must express the hope that all of the necessary support students need to be successful in an inclusive environment be ...


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wmarincic
December 11, 2012
7:33 a.m.

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John P. Baim
All lies, Obama let the auto industry file bankruptsy and the only difference is that he gave the union their pensions and screwed everyone else, just look at Delphi. What don't you understand about illegal aliens, 75% of all rapes and murders in California are caused by illegals. Illegal means Illegal...I would rather have a private investment, it has not hurt the people that have had pensions for the last 75 years, if I had 30% of my income being invested I would have about 3 million by retirement, that is a whole lot better than $1400 a month. I don't understand what is wrong with showing an ID to vote, everyone needs to show an ID for dozens of things per year, why not to vote. Planned parenthood is an abortion clinic period and if they are such a great organization then they will survive on private donations. As far as the Supreme Court goes, first noone has retired. secondly look how the Obamacare vote went, from what I know they are supposed to vote constitutionally. Are you saying they dont?

gina99
December 11, 2012
8:30 a.m.

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John Baim- What policies did Obama implement? His health care plan was crafted by Congress. Maybe you mean Obama's undeclared war in Libya? His failure to address illegal aliens? Obama won because he gave out more benefits. Romney could not overcome his Mormonism. Simple and plain. Despite the fact that 10 million less voted for Obama Romney could not fire up the Republican base. Only 52% today approve of the job Obama is doing.

buzzy
December 11, 2012
9:27 a.m.

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Mr. Leon apparently in your ideologue blindness you failed to see that my letter puts the onus on success to begin at home. My reference to the recently completed campaign season has to do with what creates the attitude of lack of responsibility. The ingrained for generations belief that you cant better yourself but you will always get what you need. That your poverty, or whatever holds you back so just sit back and "receive". I will stick by my statement that poverty is NOT an excuse for not being successful . Successful defined as being self sufficient and a productive member of society

bostonredsoxfan
December 11, 2012
1:52 p.m.

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wmarincic- You have cited that 75% statistic regarding rapes and murders in California more than once, however you have not provided a source. I have looked extensively, and can't find that number cited anywhere else. Where did that number come from. Additionally, does it refer only to convictions, or does it include indictments and warrants issued? Does it include only those crimes that are reported? Are unsolved crimes factored in? Some context, which might be provided by the original source, would be helpful.

wmarincic
December 11, 2012
7:55 p.m.

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bostonredsoxfan I don't remember the exact source and fot the purpose of the statement I rounded it off. If you look at multiple sources it gives active warrants, and gang murders and those wanted for murder. But even if it is 10% it is way too many. Plus we have to look at the cost to the economy, even though illegals can not collect social services and SSI their American born kids do. It's a bad deal for America no matter how you look at it.

bostonredsoxfan
December 11, 2012
10:17 p.m.

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wmarincic- I did see a variety of numbers referring to a variety of criteria. I agree that any is too many. However, in regard to who is helped and served, I am called as a Christian to look beyond human borders and remember that Christ is represented in the homeless, hungry, the sick, and the imprisoned.

myshortpencil
December 11, 2012
10:54 p.m.

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I'd like to know how far you're willing to go, Sarah Kraemer. Does tobacco smoking get an R rating while pot smoking gets PG? What about drinking alcohol? Shouldn't that be R rated, along with bullying and showing fat people? Obesity now prematurely kills more USA citizens than smoking.

wmarincic
December 12, 2012
7:56 a.m.

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Boston, I too am a Christian and it is a tough position but if we allow everyone from everywhere to suck off the teet of America then the teet will dry up and nobody will be fed. We are almost at the point now with 47% of the population not giving to keep the country afloat.

SnowGrinch
December 12, 2012
9:58 a.m.

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Are we still repeating the lie that "47% of the population pay no taxes?"
According to the the Tax Policy Center, in 2011, 46.4 percent of American households paid no federal income tax.
The same data shows, that nearly two-thirds of households that paid no income tax DID PAY payroll taxes. And most people also pay some combination of state, local, sales, gas and property taxes.

So just who are those who pay no taxes?
Who are those who "suck off the teat of America"?
*In 2011, 78,000 tax filers with incomes between $211,000 and $533,000 paid no income taxes;
* 24,000 households with incomes of $533,000 to $2.2 million paid no income taxes,
* 3,000 tax filers with incomes above $2.2 million paid no income taxes.

Those "sucking the teat of America" are those with the most ability to pay!
Billionaire Leona Helmsley spoke for this group when she famously said:
"We Don't Pay Taxes. Only The Little People Pay Taxes..."

seawitch1313
December 12, 2012
10:45 a.m.

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Geraldine Havasy.....
While I am sure the picture of the vehicle was hard for the family and friends of the deceased to see, I have to agree with you. In my opinion, all individuals should see a video, or a victim of drunk/erratic driving before they are given their license.
I grew up in the 60/70's, when acid was the drug of choice next to marijuana. I was a Candy Striper at St.Clare's hospital, and happened upon a man who had taken acid, and jumped thru a picture window 2 stories up. He had more stitches than anyone I had ever seen before. That alone was enough to stop me from ever wanting to try acid or comparable. To this day I can still see him and what he looked like. My point being, teaching by example so to speak, does work, at least it did for me!

wmarincic
December 12, 2012
6:54 p.m.

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We are talking Federal Snowgrinch and Obama's job czar jeff Inmelt is the CEO of GE who rake in Billions and pay no taxes. Obama's buddy the CEO of Google just transfered billions to an offshore account in Bermuda. Tell me again about those rich people!!!

JIMOCONNOR
December 14, 2012
8:51 a.m.

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"Inclusion''

Once a student has been assessed able to function at 'grade level,' every attempt should be made to accommodate them in their neighborhood school. Functioning at grade level is what builds peers and role models. Witnessing someone earn a B, or a, C on the same test you just took goes further to foster inclusion than laws, and mandates ever will. Earning a grade, mastering a subject, is why they are in school. Give all kids the resources they need to get the most out of curriculum.

If, for whatever reason, someone can not succeed at grade/age level, then so be it. Address them at their level, and move on. This recognizes their individuality without subjecting them to ridicule, which can not be erased by laws or mandates.

Inclusion will never be achieved through laws, mandates, buildings, or, programs.

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