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New Cowboy in town, Strange news makes for big, eye-opening international news stories at times. I generally blog about topics related to demographics and dockets, but every now and then, I like to throw a monkey wrench kind of story like this into the mix.
My last seven blogs have touched on the following topics:
What happens to your Facebook page and Tweets after you die? Social sites explain.
Drum major's death brings grief, puts things into perspective
Miami jury awards record $100M for alleged priest sex abuse
Happy 100th Birthday Omega Psi Phi Fraternity !! If you are a Crossroads resident and a member of the organization, I want to interview you !
Researchers say male birth control pill soon a reality, men expected to wrap it up and swallow it !
Women Stab Man 300 Times in Sex Fueled Satanic Ritual after meeting online
Federal trial addresses decline of Southern manners, this Southern Belle agrees they are on the downslide
For a complete listing of my blogs, please click this link:
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I’d like to address your questions regarding why this is a news story. There are eight major values that determine newsworthiness - prominence, proximity, currency, timeliness, conflict, impact, human interest and oddness/ unusualness. This story meets at least six of these values:
Proximity-- Because the lawsuit was filed in The CrossroadsCurrency-- Because divorced couples often find themselves fighting over child and spousal supportConflict-- Because it involves a legal fight between two peopleImpact—Because the outcome of this lawsuit could set a legal precedentHuman Interest— Because this story could effect how exes go about collecting child/spousal support in the future. Oddness/Unusualness – Because slander lawsuits, particularly those filed in a family court setting are unusual.Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks for reading.
Thanks for reading my blog. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well !
I’d like to add to the discussion that most students who have loans also fund their education through other means as well.
In funding my undergraduate education, I had grants, parental help, a job (I was paid to work for my college newspaper) and I had scholarships. Even with all of that, there was still a deficit that had to be covered by student loans, which is typical of most students I know. Something else to consider by those persons who think students should just work through college to pay fees is the increasing number of internships students are required to complete before graduation.
These 20-40 hours a week obligations, many of which are unpaid depending on your area of study, are students’ jobs.
Another issue is the growing demand for my generation to have an education beyond a bachelor’s degree to even compete in this job market where bachelor’s degrees are increasingly considered to be the equivalent of a high school diploma.
Not all students are fortunate enough to receive full funding to cover a graduate education.
Yes, it is a choice to go into debt through student loans, but when that is your only means to pay for an education, you are left without many other options but to accept the money.
As Edith Ann said, it is difficult to pay as you go for classes when you are working a minimum wage job.
The economy today is not what it was yesterday, and everyone is being forced to make difficult decisions to just try and survive.
Here’s a link to a website that does an outline of the Pros and Cons of borrowing student loans:
GetSmart, I as well as others are thankful for the opportunity to have received money to pay for college, and I do believe that if you borrowed the money, then you should repay it.
However, repaying student loans are easier said than done, especially if you just do not have the funds to do so.
And no, I'm not saying that the funds are not there because those struggling are too busy spending their hard earned money on trips around the world, jewelry and other luxuries.
I mean the funds are not there to pay student loans because they are too busy trying to keep a modest roof over their heads or trying to keep the lights and water on.
I don't know you personally so I don't know if you went to college or borrowed student loans, but I do think you would perhaps have a different perspective if you spent a day in the shoes of today's young graduates with student loan debt.
I would assume so, but some people tend to overlook the simple way of doing things.
Writein, Thanks for your feedback and concern. It is appreciated. I do understand what you mean about certain blog posts of mine seemingly setting me up to be criticized by sometimes overly critical commenters. Although I do not appreciate the negative comments I receive that criticize me personally rather than my writing, I can’t let some people who may not agree with me or like me, censor me and dictate what I post. We are required to blog on a daily basis so there is a possibility people will dislike some of my future posts, but you have to take the good and bad when it comes to these blogs.
To Beakus and others who continue to question whether I have an agenda, I don’t. I’m merely reporting facts as they relate to my beat. And yes, sometimes these facts pertain to race, but they also pertain to age, gender, sexual preference and the legal system. Many of the blogs I post originate from stories run by larger media outlets such as CNN or the Associated Press. I would hope readers would continue to receive my posts as having come from a positive, unbiased reporter/blogger. I don’t expect everyone to like what I post, but I do ask that you be respectful to me and other commenters.
Thanks for reading.
VictorianByBirth and Jasonbourne,
It offends me greatly that you are insinuating I have some type of ill-agenda with my blogging. There is only one common thread among my blogs and that is they all fall under the topic of demographics and dockets (courts), hence the title of my blog, “Demographics & Dockets”. The last 12 blog posts I wrote covered the following topics: the Diversity Bake sale; the death of Civil Rights leader Fred Shuttlesworth; age discrimination at Texas Roadhouse; foreign language mandates in public schools; the Astrodome; my reporter notebook; Cherokee nation kicks blacks out of tribe; clemency denied to death row inmate; a query for Hispanic Heritage month ideas; tickets issued in Florida for flashing headlights; law enforcement removes scanners from newsroom; looking for grandparents for a story on grandparents raising grandchildren.
A full listing of my blog posts can be found at:http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/weblo...
Your statement is unfounded. If you notice, all the reporter blogs complement our beats. My blog posts are derived from news I may come across from other media outlets or things that I personally experience. I’m a journalist first and a blogger second. Therefore, I strive to be fair and unbiased, meaning I don’t “shine a very heavy light” on one person and give someone else a pass. Alas, people will only see what they want to see, particularly if they themselves have an agenda.
Our reporter blogs are done in addition to writing other stories on a daily basis. These blogs are only meant to be a brief synopsis of something going on in the world. For more information on these blog posts, please click on the blue, highlighted words within the post. These links will take you to other websites that can provide you with much more detail and background on the topic. Thanks for reading.
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