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kennethhdeome
Why can't all sides be wrong?
02:49 PM on 10/12/2011
All I can think of is what use education when there aren't any jobs?
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03:55 PM on 10/12/2011
Extremely good point. Time to start thinking outside the box I'd say.
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wavie
05:51 PM on 10/12/2011
What's the alternative? Without an education you can count on it 1 2 3 ... your chances of getting a job are far worse.
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kennethhdeome
Why can't all sides be wrong?
06:13 PM on 10/12/2011
Hello? Education is secondary to the issue of corporate rights (company store) versus civilian rights for everyone. You know, where the former wants to do away with the latter?

Education used to be only for the rich, which assured only the rich would own/manage companies or even hold office. A sort of circular status quo.

If these kind of corporate thinkers have their way you won't be allowed an education and your kids will be working for pennies a day right beside you.

So again, what use education if all your other choices are taken away, like where you can live, work, die or even bargain for better pay?
PaulArt
Under 50 and Screwed by the TParty65+
02:12 PM on 10/12/2011
Yes its certainly a long time since General Powell's scintillating performance in the UN with those smashing CIA audio tapes etc convincing all the skeptics how Sadaam had to be taken out. But why come up for air now? Are any of the junior Powells running for office somewhere? Or is Colin resurfacing to sorta remind the distinguished leaders in the GOP Primary race that he is available for a VP slot?
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Jubb3500
02:42 PM on 10/12/2011
Mr. Powell's U.N. presentation in the day's leading up to the Iraq War was a tremendous blot on his otherwise decent record as a public servant.

But what a "blot".

He is forever disgraced by his willing participation in the lies and misinformation leading up to America's greatest foreign policy disaster.
09:37 AM on 10/16/2011
Respectfully disagree.
06:39 PM on 10/12/2011
NO he should follow Rummy's, Dick,s George's and lead about enjoying a quiet and uninvolved retirement.
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Mama62
01:21 PM on 10/12/2011
Nice that someone is pointing out successes today. What we need in this country today is a party of Common Sense. Maybe Colin Powell could consider organizing that party and running for President. Certainly he would never be accepted as the nominee by Republican Party of today. If the Republican party was filled with people of his caliber, we would not be where we are today and unable to fix anything...of course he could always switch, just saying........
04:18 PM on 10/12/2011
I have always like Colin Powell, and I am not a Republican, so your point that he would not be accepted as a Republican nominee is well taken! Sad, but probably true.
06:42 PM on 10/12/2011
The trouble with Powell was that he joined the 'CHICKEN HAWK' team of active front line military service DODGERS. The other DODGERS team that has Rush as their cheerleader.
12:55 PM on 10/12/2011
All these programs are helping to shape America, not bring them down! So then why does it make sense to CUT funding of our education programs? It doesn't! If we want to succeed as a nation we have to invest invest and invest into our education system because if we don't then who are we?
12:20 PM on 10/12/2011
Thanks for the help that America's Promise Alliance provides. I'd like to point out another Massachusetts organization that offers educational opportunities to thousands of homeless children throughout the state: Horizons for Homeless Children! www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org
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12:12 PM on 10/12/2011
While I think we should reconize the people and organizations that are working we should not forget that our tax dollars are funding FOR PROFIT SCHOOLS that have programs that are not ony useless in our job market but do not get the students any closer to a job.And if they are to find a job it is still at min wage.We need to invest some time and money into going after the trade schools and colleges that are FOR PROFIT and charging it to the tax payers.
12:08 PM on 10/12/2011
The vial thing cannot be forgiven.
No amount of penance is sufficient.

In a meritocracy, being wrong should have consequences. And they should match the seriousness of the act.

Those who lied should not be allowed back into positions where their words are disseminated to their previous victims.
And it is not just the loss of credibility and respect, it is the utter lack of consequences and accountability.

To top it all off, somewhere there is a post written by a deserving author who does not have a tainted past that got bumped to make room for someone that should have lost his place at our table.
11:40 AM on 10/12/2011
What is the main subject that is being taught? How to lie without even batting an eyelash?
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cclaker
Save democracy. Campaign finance reform now.
01:53 PM on 10/12/2011
Are you not for helping young people to get an education? I can't imagine anyone being against programs that involve parents, communities and industry to help our children get the education and training they need to be productive citizens. There are positive, innovative programs. To view them otherwise is to deny the best in all of us.
06:43 PM on 10/12/2011
your eyes wide shut?
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Lightfoot Letters
11:12 AM on 10/12/2011
"The volume of conversation about education has increased over the last few years, but what's often lost are the very real stories of the young people whose lives are impacted and the people and programs that are beating the odds."- Huffington Post. Beating the odds is getting past the failing public education system and the public requirements and restrictions that have all but eliminated jobs and experience for young students.
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des946
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10:50 AM on 10/12/2011
With all due respect for "education" and college degrees (I have one), this economic crisis is putting "degrees" into a more realistic perspective. We need skilled trained workers 9educated workers0 as much as we need people with "college degrees". College provides education in the technical details, whether it be in the sicences, business, or other fields . . . it teaches "the basics" whihc gives a person an "entry level "ticket" into industry for real world trraining, OJT, and productive emplyment. But as we see "just getting a degree" is no gurantee of emplyment or meaningful and reqarding salaries/benefits. In fact, we proably have too many people with college "degrees" 9such as the for profit "universities' such as Phoenix, etc.)

Just as importantly, and perhaps even moreso in consideration of our needs to increase the manufacturing segment of our economy, we need trained skilled technicians, skilled workers . . . and that IS what substantially, more than anything else built our great nation. There is certainly nothing demeaning or "leser in value" about being a skilled worker; and they can earn (and demand) darn good wages and benefits too.

Perhaps we should have more technical schools, and there might be a heck of a lot fewer unemployed people with degrees. having a glut of people with "degrees" (theorectical knowledge) obviously is not benefical to our economy. is it? It is similar to MANY third world countries where "degreed people" are drivng taxi cabs, etc.. .
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03:51 PM on 10/12/2011
I'd have to disagree with you.
From what I can see and based on what I've been hearing all over the country, there are many, many workers available to do whatever job is necessary. But workers in China and Mexico are considerably cheaper so...
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des946
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09:40 AM on 10/14/2011
Well, as has and is being pointed out in themedia, the costs of education is rising to rther exorbitant levels; and the starting pay for people with degrees has declined approximately 10% during the last decade (as adjusted for inflation). fortunately we have already paid for the pre-paid college utition for our three grand children; BUT is it rational for people to indebt themselves into college loans thatthey will never be able to pay off, when they could have gone into a skilled trade or business and been earning comfortable livings without a mountain of debt that will overwhelm them for DECADES? "Everyone" do not need to go to college and get a degree . . . we are winding up with a lot of degreed people who are outof work; and have little chance of inding emplyment in their field of study, and can't pay off their college loans. There are a lot of college degrees in rather "non-sensical" subjects. Degrees have to be meaningful and lead to productive emplyment, don't they?
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raker
10:47 AM on 10/12/2011
If it weren't for a couple of fake wars, sold to us based on lies and betrayal, imagine the wealth we'd have for improving education and career training in this country. Instead, our wealth is pissed into the desert sand, while fellow Republicans seek to decimate the American middle class and further impoverish working people.

Betray me twice, shame on me.
garystartswithg
el sueno de la razon produce republicans
11:12 AM on 10/12/2011
the money isn't pissed into the desert -- it goes straight into corporate pockets. when i worked with the public i used to teach my employees that worked with the public how to say "you are special" because stroking egos works -- politicians know that. tell the silent generation or a boomer that their 401k is what really matters -- don't weigh the cost -- you are special, you deserve it. Lots of useful idiots in this world.
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ScarlettMocha
Like it or not, we are one.
12:17 PM on 10/12/2011
Honestly hon, we wouldn't have it. The republicans would never agree to using fed $ to improve education - that's why it's in the shape it's in now. They are wealthy and can afford to send their children to private schools - the rest of us... oh well.
10:42 AM on 10/12/2011
Chinese Communist terrorist students always attack me. Any of these attacks on you in your neighborhood Colin ?
10:31 AM on 10/12/2011
I greatly regret Colin Powell's unwillingness to run for President. Unlike Clinton, Bush II, and Obama,
he was highly qualified for the White House as well as well known to the public.
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jimtpat
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10:22 AM on 10/12/2011
Every success leads to others.
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Charles Mills
09:26 AM on 10/12/2011
General Powell sir... Mrs Powell... Before even reading your article... I just wish we could convince y'all to go on a Presidential run. I used to ID myself as republican but feel I have literally been chased from that party for not being religious, for having compassion, for having thoughts towards others than myself. Bluntly the Republican party that I group up in simply doesn't exist anymore. And I get sick of being referred to even by my own family as "Liberal" and you KNOW the tone that word is said in. I would give everything I have for REAL Republican leader from MY Republican party and I can't imagine another still existing besides you sir. So... Please? Run? You can have all that I own if you just come get these Psychos away from us.
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Mama62
01:28 PM on 10/12/2011
Just imagine the contrast of Colin Powell debating the wack jobs we saw last night! What a show that would be. Colin Powell would never be embraced as the leader by the Republican party of today. He would either have to switch parties or form a new Common Sense Party to run for President. Maybe after we manage to get big money out of our elections it could happen. Unfortunetly, we will all be dead by then!
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dresdengirl
05:43 PM on 10/12/2011
Could not have said it beter myself, Mama62.
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