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  • darlins64 

    My heart goes out to the families of both.... and I am praying for both of those children. I hope someone is willing to take both of them in together... they just lost their parents... they don't need to loose each other! God bless them!

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    Having "been there, done that" let me say this: the most dangerous time for a woman in an abusive relationship is after she leaves. This is because she is showing signs of strength and it makes the abuser go over the edge... she's gone and he no longer has any type of control over her.

    Not to say this happens in every situation, but it happens more often than you think.

    If you are the father, mother, brother, sister, friend of someone who is in an abusive situation and you have washed your hands of it because she keeps going back to him... reconsider. THAT'S what he wants to happen... to alienate her from family and friends so there is no one to reach out to. Don't try to tell her what she SHOULD do... just be there when she needs you.

    Here are some signs to look for: He controls all the money; He makes snide and cutting remarks in front of others; She is always apologizing; wearing long sleaves and long pants in the summer; avoiding social interaction; unexplainable visible bruises; alienating her from friends and family; She seems nervous and anxious in front of him.

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    Wayward, you say the dog was doing his job of protecting the family? Well, yes.... However, the story clearly stated that the officer did ask, and the owner did comply that the dog be put inside while the officer was searching. But that a child accidentally let the dog out... Why wasn't the mother supervising the children? The owner of the dog needs to bear her share of the responsibility in her pets unfortunate death.

    The story also states that the dog was kept in a partially closed garage chained to a weight bench...??? If this "pet" was so loved and such a "gentle" creature, why was she kept chained in the garage? Why wasn't she in the house being loved on by the children??? hmmm?

    Okay, let's play the "hypothetical situation" game... Your neighbor has a pet wolf that he has raised since birth. That wolf is two years old and has been "domesticated" and never a problem... until one night, you hear your neighbor calling for help, her son has just been attacked by this "pet".... or how about this one -- your son has a Burmese python that he raised from a hatchling... it's now 14 feet long and kept in a huge cage, but it somehow gets loose, and attacks your son in his sleep.... Or, how about you have a lion that is really just a big pussy cat. Then one day for no reason, he attacks you when you are feeding him.... The point???? All of these have happened all over the US. So do pit bull attacks. And everyone says the same thing -- "The dog was so sweet, never aggressive until...." When children are involved, it is irresponsible to even take the slightest chance.

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    I've noticed that there are specific stories that have the comment option disabled. These stories are generally the ones that are sure to evoke heated debates or are "hot button" issues. Today's story about VPD shooting a dog that was attacking is one of those stories.

    Pit Bulls are a breed of dog that regardless of how they are "raised", have a risk of becoming aggressive. It's not how you raise them, but the gene pool from whence they sprung!

    Pits are NOT good family pets!!! I also know there are certain insurance companies that will cancel your homeowner's policy if you are found to be raising a Pit or Rotwieller. It is too big of a liability.

    There is a Pit Bull in my neighborhood. She has a sweet face and is friendly toward me. However, last spring, she broke her chain, escaped from the fenced backyard and killed my cat and a small neighborhood dog.

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    Here is an interesting tidbit: The U.S. Supreme Court states that prison walls do not seperate one from the protection and rights afforded by the Constitution. Convicted murderers, rapists, drug dealers, gang members can marry, be covered by health insurance, receive money from bequeaths, have a drivers license, sue someone for any reason, practice their religious beliefs ---

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    Meth is the scourge of our society!!! It's highly addictive and deadly! Good work guys!!!!

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  • darlins64 

    Edith,

    Yes I have a child in high school, and I asked him yesterday if he received a permission slip. He said he did not. However, we have all been battling a terrible virus in our family so he may have received it and forgot about it... I can't say. I will ask my sister later today if her child, who attends the same school, received one. I will let you know.

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  • darlins64 

    No offense taken Rebecca. Not by your comment anyway. I guess my point was, that because I voiced my opinion, and it differed from another individual's, that person therefore felt it necessary to post on my wall, insinuating that just because I felt the way I do, I was therefore part of the problem.... I disagree.

    At least Rebecca and Edith express their opinions intelligently, and in a manner that makes one think... they don't just start assuming you are an idiot....

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    Edith, there was nothing I "feared" in Obama's speech. I didn't know there was one planned until the newspaper accounts. My only "problem" with the speech, is that there were portions of it that I did not find "inspirational". But to answer your question: Based on last year's speech, I assumed this year's speech would follow the same non-political venue. Had my child presented me with a permission slip and said: "Mom, I want to go watch this speech", I would have signed it.

    I happen to agree with you that VISD made a big issue out of it than was necessary.

    Rebecca, I did not say that I shun anyone because I disagree with them. Even so, how is it more disgusting to shun someone with opposing political views than it is to email them and tell them that because you oppose their views, you are therefore stupid and backwards and part of the problem? I choose to ignore people who tick me off instead of getting into an argument with them... How is that disgusting?

    Writein, I can't say who is or is not the cause of the ruination of Texas Education .... It's been a long time in the making. I think that it's a fair assessment that blame could be shared by BOTH democrats and republicans as well. But we also, as parents should take some responsibility for our children's education. I won't go into that here, though. Drop out rates? By the time a student can legally drop out, they are old enough to accept that responsibility.

    As far as Obama being President... I respect the fact that he is the leader of our country. That doesn't mean I like it. That doesn't me I like him and agree with him all of the time. Does that make me ignorant? Not in my opinion.

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    Well Edith, I believe that if Rick Perry were to visit my child's school, I would not send him that day.... Although I am a Republican, my opinion of our governor is not flattering.

    Seriously though, in all fairness, the parents SHOULD have been given the opportunity to "opt out" of the Perry visit.

    As for Obama's speech, I read the text of it and can't say anything bad about it.... really....

    Do I agree with Obama? No. And I probably never will. I didn't agree with GWB all the time. But I'm not going to call someone ignorant because they did agree with GW or they do agree with Obama.

    I also will not apologize to anyone for my beliefs either. I am an American Christian woman. I'm proud of my country! I am the daughter of a WWII Navy Vet, the aunt of a Naval Nurse, and the great-great-great-granddaughter of a Texas Independence warrior. I have ancestors who fought in the Civil War, and those who fought in the American Independence war. My Irish ancestors came to Texas after battling famine and persecution only to fight the elements, Native Americans, and a Civil war. I am PROUD of who I am! I make no apologies.

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