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There is always a danger in letting people hide behind anonymity. Bullies and bigots thrive
on this. I understand some of the reasoning for those who wish to not give their names
and after all we do have secret ballot elections, but I have to vote on the side of honesty
and courage to express our opinions and sign our name to it, or we have the right to remain
silent. I may not always agree with the people who sign their names to comments, but I
have respect for them because they are upfront about who they are and what they stand
for. If you choose to leave a comment that you would not sign your name to, then you
should think twice about leaving it at all. Of course, if you are a bully or a bigot you will
continue to take advantage of the opportunity to spew your hatred under the cloak of
AJMG - Very good point from the mouths of babes. Continue on in life with this attitude.
Wonderful article. Very timely. My high school senior will be attending UNC Asheville next year. It s North Carolina's only liberal arts state school. Here's to finding your passion in life, whether you are a new grad or an old one!
What a great story. Now you should write a book Mr. Thompson.
My son was physically bullied 6 years ago on a Moore County school bus still sitting in the parking lot of the middle school. He attempted to fend off the bully by pushing past him and was promptly given in school suspension along with the bully. The policy of the schools is if you touch the other person, you get punished too. It is a very touchy subject and it was hard for me to sit back and let my son receive a punishment for being bullied and defending himself. I do believe that because my bigger and stronger son, stood up for himself that day, the bullying did not continue. His stepfather told him not to ever back down from a physical assault. I tend to agree with the policy of walking away to report the abuse and not getting physical whenever possible. Again, it is a tough line to draw. I'm glad he now stands six feet tall and is as strong as an oak tree but what about the kids who do not have a physical advantage?
FYI CLVBPM - They changed the title of the article online over the last day. It was originally just about the forecast for bad weather. I read the comment yesterday with that article.
I got some $20 Levi's for my son too Also saw lots of designer labels found at Belk and other dept stores. as well as designer names not even carried at our "mini me" dept store. It will be a welcome addition for true bargain lovers. Those who can afford full price can pay for ambiance. I shop on a single mom budget.
Every restaurant along that strip remains constantly busy with parking lots brimming. They will be enormously successful here. We need the jobs. We need the businesses. Also, Burke's has excellent values on some very high end designer names. I was very impressed by my first visit. It may not be a fancy setup, but I would rather pay half the price than pay for atmosphere. And again, a ton of new jobs for Moore County and some of them full time with benefits. Please be welcoming to these new businesses. So much childishness in the comments and a lot of selfishness by people who have jobs or have long since retired maybe. Students and two income families can still benefit greatly from part time employment and many local people are now looking for second jobs to pay the rent and feed their families.
Thanks to a persistent 2nd grade teacher, my pet peeve is Feb-U-Ary instead of Feb-Ru-Ary. It has become the norm, but I still can't bear to hear it without wanting to correct the person.
Fred and Joan Renner - Looking Good!
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