Comments by bostonredsoxfan
Posted on December 22 at 8:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Firearm manufacturers have contributed tens of millions of dollars to the NRA, so, of course, the NRA wants expand the market for guns.
Posted on December 18 at 9:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The Gazette should close comments on this page.
Posted on December 17 at 6:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)
There is nothing Christian about celebrating Christmas with a parade (especially in November, when it's not even Advent yet to say nothing about Christmas). As a Christian, I was offended when it was called a Christmas parade and included military units and politicians.
Posted on December 14 at 11:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)
wmarinic- Ah, but that's a much larger issue than the nature of December holiday celebrations, and whether or not it is appropriate to refer to a decorated and lighted evergreen as a "holiday tree." I would also note that, as I'm sure you know, many Germans assimilated more quickly out of fear - like a colleague of mine whose father changed the family name from Schmidt to Smith in the 1930's to avoid backlash from anti-German sentiment. Back to the original issue, I believe that we must continue to allow for an evolution of cultural traditions, as you have clearly shown has long been the case.
Posted on December 14 at 9:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)
wmarincic- I would note that you have cited the siginificant influence of Irish and German immigrants in the development of American Christmas traditions, and yet you then call on more recent immigrants to assimilate to current American culture. If previous immigrants had simply assimilated, current practices would look quite different. How might those who felt that revelry and feasting were inappropriate have reacted to those who brought different traditions to our shores?
Just as a note of interest, there is evidence to suggest that Moore was not the author of "A Visit from St. Nicholas," but that it was instead Major Henry Livingston, Jr. (http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poets/liv...)
Posted on December 12 at 8:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)
When I served a church in Schenectady, we looked into offering after-school homework help. The neighborhood elementary school principal told me that they didn't give much homework, because so much of it didn't come back. In that case, I can certainly see the benefit in a longer school day.
Posted on December 11 at 10:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)
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.
Posted on December 11 at 10:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Here in North Colonie, my elementary student had about 45 minutes today (in addition to reading), my Jr. High student had about 1 1/2 hours, and my high school student about 2 1/2. Today was a lighter day.
Posted on December 11 at 6:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)
They should only lengthen the school day if they're going to combine it with a significant reduction in homework.
Posted on December 11 at 1:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)
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.