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  1. Abe Lincoln did just fine reading by candlelight at night, and splitting rails by day. Both can be done.
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  2. There used to be a time when republicans and democrats actually had a similar goal, to make this country better. They merely had different ideas about how to get to that goal. It’s gotten to a point today, however, where far left liberals have truly lost their minds. You will literally argue in favor of something, but the very decisions you vote and support are completely opposite. Again, You talk about gun control, while ignoring what goes on in every democratic run city in this country that actually leads the way in gun violence. You talk about protecting children while supporting abortion. You talk about wanting schools to solely focus on education, while supporting the idea of teaching students they can change gender. You talk about women’s rights, but want to allow men to participate in women’s sports, and even be named ‘woman of the year’. You talk about minority rights, but NOTHING the Democratic Party does helps minorities, AT ALL! All the Democratic Party seems to care about anymore is dividing the country, raising prices on everything, opening our borders, and more than anything else…perverting our children! But democratic voters are too blind to see any of it!
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  3. It has nothing to do with hatred. You liberals want to constantly scream about mental illness, while ignoring mental illness. You actually think a man can be a woman and vice versa. No, they cannot. It’s not about being different, it’s truly about anyone who actually wants to mutilate themselves IS the mentally ill! And anyone who agrees and supports it clearly has something wrong upstairs as well. So once again, as long as you vote for the party that supports this nonsense, that supports open borders, that supports indoctrinating children, that supports handing weapons over to our enemies, then spare me your constant bullcrap.
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  4. How many signatures do you think the UIL needs to keep DeSoto in 6A lol? I can fake a lot of signatures.
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  5. Love to see the eager spin on this movement. (Washington Post) The rollback in child labor laws is disgraceful — and short-sighted By the Editorial Board | Follow April 22, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. EDT Iowa Republican lawmakers are rolling back child labor protections to the 19th century. They want to allow children as young as 14 and 15 to be able to work in freezers and in industries that have long been off limits to minors, if the Iowa Workforce Development director approves it. They also think it’s fine for 16- and 17-year-olds to be able to serve alcohol in restaurants as long as their parents give permission. The state Senate approved these measures on Tuesday; the state House still has to pass the bill, but Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has indicated she’s likely to sign it. What’s happening in Iowa is not unique. In the past year, lawmakers in at least 10 states have sought to undo child-labor protections. Arkansas just eliminated a rule in effect for decades requiring the state to verify the ages of 14- and 15-year-olds before they took a job. A bill in Minnesota would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to work in construction. Proponents of these changes say they are giving young Americans a chance to gain valuable experience and income. But the overwhelming evidence — both recent and historic — is that children get hurt and exploited in many jobs. Teens are nearly twice as likely as adults to be seriously injured at work and are often paid the lowest wages. Allowing children to work dangerous jobs and longer hours is a shameful step back in time. This is not the way to address labor shortages. Lawmakers and business leaders who champion these bills often talk fondly of babysitting, mowing lawns and delivering newspapers in their youth. But those jobs typically took place in a young person’s neighborhood. They are very different from working in fenced-off factories, in freezers or on construction sites around equipment that can be fatal. Child-labor law violations in the United States have nearly quadrupled since 2015, according to the Labor Department. That only reflects incidents that come to light. A Reuters investigation last year found 12-year-olds working at suppliers for Hyundai and Kia in Alabama. A recent New York Times investigation found 13-, 14- and 15-year-olds working jobs in construction, food processing and hotel cleaning. The Post chronicled the story of a 13-year-old cleaning a Nebraska meatpacking plant. The young people who end up in rough jobs — whether legal under state law or not — are typically poor. The recent surge of unaccompanied migrant children from Central America has provided a pool of cheap labor for some businesses. Lawyers such as Laura Peña, director of the American Bar Association’s South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR), who meet these children in detention facilities along the U.S. border, describe how these minors frequently ask how long they have to go to school and how much they can work. The adolescents are often indebted to someone who helped them cross the border, and they are expected to send money to family back home. They typically don’t speak English and don’t know their rights. Ms. Peña and others try to educate them, but, as the New York Times revealed, an alarming number of these migrant children are released to guardians who are not their parents or relatives. There are few safeguards. Instead of rolling back child-labor protections, lawmakers and other leaders at the state and federal levels should increase them. Children, including migrant youths, should be in school. President Biden and his team have vowed to do more, but it will take a big, coordinated push from all levels of government. The Labor Department needs to step up enforcement, and Congress should increase fines for companies that hire children. The maximum fine is currently $15,000 per occurrence — a pittance. It’s also not enough to raid one factory. Often, a crackdown at one leads young workers to move to another nearby. The Health and Human Services Department is responsible for releasing migrant children from detention centers to “guardians” in the United States. It’s become clear that a growing number of children are not being released to relatives and are in danger of being trafficked. The HHS process needs to change. Mr. Biden can also step up enforcement of anti-trafficking laws already on the books. Most of all, people who see wrongdoing should be empowered to speak up. Teachers, especially those in English language learner classrooms, can see which students are falling asleep in class because they worked all night, or notice when someone suddenly drops out. Religious leaders also are often on the front lines. Whistleblowers in the community require clear places to report child labor, and agencies that receive the warnings must follow up. The United States passed landmark child-labor protections in 1938. Then-Labor Secretary Frances Perkins was a driving force behind the law. She personally witnessed the horrific 1911 fire at a New York City clothing factory where 146 young people died, and she never forgot the tragedy. Nearly a century later, it should not take more adolescent deaths for lawmakers to once again protect children from dangerous jobs.
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  6. Never thought I would see the day that someone from Texas would take all their cues from a reality show Yankee mobster and a Karen from Georgia. Very obvious you and yours weren't paying attention in school the day they were going over how not to be willing dupes to the Dark Web and Russia. Dance, puppet, dance!
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  7. Wrong, you have sided with the wrong side, as usual .... your libtard wacko dimturds want to ruin our education system, force girls to compete against boys, teach perversion to vulnerable children and generally destroy every time honored norm in our society ... you are the one who should be ashamed for supporting this perverted anti-Christian, anti-American, anti-common sense bull ....
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  8. That's YOUR twisted and nasty attack on our public schools and teachers, and something you should be deeply ashamed about, Kirt. That's you carrying water for QANON against the people who are the backbone of every small Texas town. That's where you have gone for political power.
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  9. An education about how they should question their gender, huh Larry? .... about how to embrace pedophiles, huh Larry? This is just more birdcage liner from the Washington Compost ....
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  10. Who knows? My brother lives in Desoto and he said people are sending their kids out of district. His kids go to Desoto elementary and said when they get to high school they are not going to Desoto high school.
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  11. I think he means the competition would be better for them because the schools would be more evenly matched. I think that's what he is saying. I could be wrong. We all know the teams down south are not better than the Longview and Lancaster's of the world.
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  12. That’s because of the crush of foreigners wanting to move into Tyler County.
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  13. Maybe. Aledo was growing pretty good last I saw...could be moving up themselves. They're at 2,227 with another large 8th class coming in this fall. For Longview, 2,361. 2,170 at the HS, 191 at Lead but Lead calculations will probably keep us below the cutoff. There isnt a year coming up in the foreseeable future that I don't give the Lobos potential to be a final 4 team. That's how much talent is coming up the pipeline.
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  14. Stinkin cornhole and pickleball era. Don't even try to sell boys like Kirt and me thems sports either.
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  15. A liberal trying to call out conservatives about how they protect children has to be the most hypocritical argument of the day.
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  16. 1. No, this isn't satire. 2. Just to prove to @BarryLaverty that I actually CAN make fun of Trump and Republicans, despite what he thinks. Though I'm not sure he'd ever do this about Democrats. 3. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-offered-pizza-to-supporters-in-a-florida-restaurant-asking-does-anybody-want-a-piece-that-i-ve-eaten/ar-AA1abcMf?ocid=hpmsn&cvid=bb5c09ec2cfb4714bb8bb6785a20a1a1&ei=31
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  17. Lancaster is likely to move up. They are sitting ar 2253. The cutoff was at 2225.
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  18. The appraisal value in Tyler is more than what the actual house is worth. Whether people believe it or not. Tyler has the 3rd highest of living in Texas behind DFW and Austin. Tyler use to be very affordable. They now act like we are Highland Park or South Lake or something to that magnitude. https://www.ketk.com/news/local-news/where-is-the-cheapest-place-to-live-in-texas-we-ranked-18-cities-to-find-out/
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  19. I thought about it. I said if they drop Aledo and Longview won't be the favorites.
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  20. I don't know about East Texas but here in the DFW the appraised value is almost always lower than the actual value of a property. People migrating too Texas is the real culprit as to why home prices are being driven up. The apartment rental rate here is insane so renting is not a money saver.
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  21. I could see Desoto, Lancaster, Highland Park, JT, Longview, North Mesquite, McKinney North, and possibly Lufkin. I think West Mesquite would join 6a.
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  22. Promotion from within
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  23. Garrison wins back to back district championships with the 3 - 1 win last night at Shebbyville ...
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  24. Astros will overhaul the Strangers soon ....
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  25. For all you bored and mindless dorks, a new season is now on Paramount+
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  26. Longview's Taylor Tatum takes 1st in the 200m at Area meet. 21.7
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  27. I think Kirt put the fix in tonight. Smh. 5-4 L. Led 4-0 early.
    1 point
  28. I think he'd be a great hire.
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  29. Tyler and Longview finish 1st and 2nd respectively at the area meet in the 4x1 and 4x2.
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  30. All of these mentally ill LGBTQ whatever want is attention. It's nothing more than that. They are crying for attention, because they think they are different or special. Barry wants them to flaunt it in schools so that they feel accepted and have the attention they deserve. They should be treated like anyone else, and that is all. No special privileges. Scholls are there to teach children not pander to them.
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  31. Sounds like interviews are next Friday..word is 5 are going in
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  32. If there is by chance an increase in property taxes due to a bond property owners are the only ones who pay more, so the answer should obviously be yes.
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  33. I really don’t have an issue with taxes to fund education. (I sleep with a teacher). My problem with the current tax structure in Texas is that it penalizes people who work hard to acquire and own land by forcing them to bear the brunt of the economic burden for education (and whatever else a county or municipality wants to use property taxes for.) Meanwhile, people who choose to skate by in life by doing the bare minimum reap the benefits. I’m all for restructuring school finance to a system that makes sense. Problem is, neither party will come up with such a solution.
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  34. What quality of life will there be with people and children hoping for food the way Brandon has been leading this nation down the sinkhole.
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  35. If they want to go to work then let them work. Nobody is calling for forced labor. If they can do the job, then let them. I'd rather that they read books, study, and be able to accomplish what they desire to accomplish, but this world requires work to make it. I'd bet that you don't think that a kid under the age of 10 could operate a lawn mower, edger, or a weed eater. Well, with the dumbing down of kids that parents and teachers like you have done, I suppose I can't blame you.
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  36. Squirrel had a shocking experience.
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  37. I have three kids all in a local Christian private school. However, they know basic biology and don’t teach racism, gender identity, and any other evil that you fully endorse.
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  39. Government "assistance" has done far more long term harm than good ... it creates weak, government dependent surfs instead of strong self sufficient citizens ....
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