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Tax cap will serve to further weaken education in state The best thing about the school property tax cap is that it undermines the integrity of our balkanized, inefficient and anachronistic education system — a system that separates kids based on illogical and superficial political divisions established in an era when horses pulled farmer’s carts home after market, and white men exercised a political and economic monopoly; a system that supports an agricultural society, not ...

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May 24, 2012
7:13 a.m.

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Thomas Hodgkins

Not as much as bad teachers with tenure hurt kids education.

May 24, 2012
9:55 a.m.

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Tenure should only be given to those with national board certification.

May 24, 2012
7:33 p.m.

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Kurt von Maucher ("Desecrating the flag is never acceptable") - our founders never guaranteed us a "freedom from indignation". In fact, they went out of their way to ensure that even unpopular activity would still be constitutionally protected.

There was no bigger time in our country's history than during the VietNam war for flag desecration. Yet the country has survived. To make those kinds of actions, as offensive as they are, illegal would be a bigger insult to those of us (6 years USN) who served than the offensive action ever was.

What else did we serve for, if not to protect rights?

Besides, those who disrespect the flag bring only scorn on themselves and their cause rather than support. Their actions are only to excite and incite the behavior you are exercising.

Additionally, to deny using the flag as ITS OWNER deems fit is a reduction of PROPERTY RIGHTS, another constitutionally protected right of living in our country. I own several flags, and if I were to decide to burn one, only if the flames were to endanger me, my property, or my neighbors or their property should the action be prohibited. It's MY flag. Just as it was Post's flag (or someones) that offended you.

If being offensive was against the law, we would all be locked up.