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I am so sorry to hear this awful news. Justin looks like such a nice young man. He gave his all to his country, and for that I am deeply grateful. Rest in peace, Justin. I will be praying for your family and friends.
I am a moderate in my politics, but I do feel strongly about illegals being here, because they are just that--illegal. I teach school and in my classroom I have students whose parents crossed the border illegally and ended up in NC. Trina, that means their children, however, get free education, free meals in school including a healthy snack,free medical, free dentist, etc. The parents get paid under the table so there's no tax to to our government. They may work hard but there's no benefit to us. My work as a teacher is almost doubled because I have so much more to do for Spanish translations, yet I get no other pay. I have students of Hispanic heritage born in the US say, "I am Mexican, not American." Where's the justice in that? I wish no one harm, especially children, but there has to be more balance and equity for US citizens.
Mary, I agree with you in theory about giving your name, but I stand with MoonChild on this one because of like experiences. I gave a few opinions at work that were not popular and the reaction was terrible. People staring at me, refusing to talk to me, and even not getting important work information although I could never prove it. I was called some nasty names behind my back. Religion and politics really seem to stir things up and it's better to just keep your mouth shut at work. Other people I know have been ostracized socially, or worse, their children paid the consequences. That should never be but it happens and it's very unfortunate.
Obama will never get rid of Biden for Mrs. Clinton. He is fighting too many negatives right now and he doesn't want another one thrown at him. It will make him appear disloyal and opportunistic....very bad before an election.
In Seven Lakes it was very heavy. I had to wait almost an hour to vote between 4-5 PM. Most people said the amendment was driving the heavy turnout.
Tony, I don't like to see Jesus spoofed because I believe in Christianity and I think it is disrespectful to do so. But as TheDevilWearsPrada says, it was written by a kid so at the very least, you caught his attention and maybe he'll think more about the Bible's claims. I am an evangelical Christian voting no tomorrow on the amendment. I believe too many innocent people will suffer if it is passed,and it probably will be. Still, I worry about the poor children in domestic union situations. Will they lose their insurance? How many women in domestic violence situations? What about unmarried couples whos unions are not recognized and they have emergency situations at the hospital? Too much is left unsaid. Why feed the lawyers? We already have a law that says homosexual couples can't marry so why muddy the waters? God is in control.
reformgov1 and MickeNC, I am not a liberal. Why on earth would I want to pay more taxes when I am a teacher making a miserable salary with no raise in almost 5 years? I do care about children, though, especially poor ones. I don't want to see their situation downgraded when it's not their fault. Just leave things be; otherwise the lawyers will have a field day interpreting the new amendment if it passes. Imagine the cost of that! Sorry you have no compassion, but I do.
Gene, I believe that Christ died for my sins, too. I accept Him as my Savior. This may surprise you, but I know quite a few Christians voting no on this amendment, including me. They may not say it in church, but that's what they're doing. Why? Because they are balancing the Bible against the Constitution and deciding that all humans deserve equal rights. I work with many poor families and I don't want their rights taken away because Mom and Dad aren't married. They too are in families but maybe not married ones. Let God be the judge. Let us be as gracious and kind as we can be.
Nothingspecial, I have read the second sentence of the amendment. Sorry, but it gives me no comfort. The language still like it's going to invite law suits and for what? And if I'm wondering about the language, I can imagine the parents of the children I teach in a very poor county. Most have no money, no jobs, and no cars. Do you think they are going to take on the legal system to justify their family situation because they are not married? Why can't we respect all unions based on commitment and leave it at that? Make no judgments. That's for God.
Kevin, you are right about the signs. When I drive up and down Rt. 211 from Seven Lakes to Pinehurst and return, I haven't seen one "Vote No" sign anywhere. Yet, they were there previously. Whoever is stealing them must be highly insecure and worried about the vote. How sad to resort to such childish means.
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