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Posted on June 16 at 12:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I recommend anyone who is interested in the story of Edward Snowden, listen to the latest episode of Common Sense. I think you'll find everything he says on the subject to be... common sense.

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Posted on April 14 at 3:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Not that I completely disagree with you Carolyn, but a family with 4 kids where each parent makes $47,000 isn't quite living on Easy St. Hopefully they're not offered as much help as families who make twice as much, but I can see some cases where they genuinely could use help with insurance through no fault of their own.

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Posted on April 12 at 6:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I've got to support the teacher here. This assignment teaches critical thinking and the understanding of others' points of views. Nowhere does it say "this is how you should think." It's scary watching the closed-minded people react to this. When kids grow up, they're going to have to learn that there are people out there who think differently. Vilifying the teacher teaches the student that it's wrong to think differently and they should be punished for it. While the teacher is teaching "First understand where the other side is coming from". I stand by the teacher.

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Posted on March 23 at 5:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The game even made it onto The Onion -

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Posted on March 12 at 7:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks, Judy!

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Posted on March 12 at 5:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The SPAC calendar has other shows booked for July 5,6, and 7. Which is right?

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Posted on March 12 at 5:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The SPAC calendar has other shows booked for July 5,6, and 7. Which is right?

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Posted on March 5 at 1:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm guessing the issue is people get more plastic bags than they can re-use. I tend to keep my plastic bags for re-use, but I've got about 1,000 of them in my closet now. Way more than I can use. Though... the issue would be getting consumers to remember to bring their own fabric bags. I certainly have those, I just often forget. And oh- just for clarification, there is no ban on soft drinks in NYC, just an upper limit on the single-serving size sugar drinks stores can sell. Far from a "ban".

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Posted on March 2 at 1:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

LOST... I don't think cosigners ever agree to "pay the loan if the student dies". Where in the contract does it say that? Death can happen to anyone. It's a risk the lenders are willing to take. The cosigner is vouching for the borrowers responsibleness. If the borrower is irresponsible and can't pay, that's when the cosigner comes into play. If the borrower dies, the lender can make a claim against their assets. Like if it was for a car loan, it would be fair to say the lender can take that car upon death of the borrower. But for a school education? Parents cosign because they trust their kids will pay it off responsibly, and then hopefully use that education to pay the parents back as they age. A lot of parents count on their children for help as they get older. Losing their child is already a financial burden on them for that reason alone. To ask the parents to pay for the now-fruitless education, is just cruel. It wouldn't necessarily be unreasonable if the school split the cost with the lender, but leave the grieving parents out of it.

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Posted on February 28 at 6:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If Lauren didn't die, it would be up to Lauren to pay the student loan, not the family. The mother co-signed the loan because she believed her daughter would be responsible and pay the bills, and if Lauren doesn't pay out of irresponsibility, or her own financial troubles, it would be up to the mother to pay. I think the risk of losing the money due to death is just part of being in the loaning industry. You have to count on the fact that most people aren't going to die, and cut your losses when it does happen. If you loan someone $100 and they die, you're not going to go to the funeral and demand their spouse pay you back. It's reasonable to assume they're not going to die, but you have to be willing to accept that the person's death is a loss for everyone... emotionally and financially.

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