“Yes it can be but it is done in only rare circumstances. If we don't see one then it is possible that many of these legislators merely voted for it because they knew that it would be vetoed and would not have to worry about coming against this bill. I hope this is vetoed because it would be a great improvement to the state's prison system.”
“I'm thinking either a few things. Either Rick Scott said whatever to everyone and decided to veto it for either ideological reasons or for money reasons (private prisons) or Republicans knew he would veto it anyways and decided to veto for it to not look bad.”
“True the 1st amendment does keep him from facing criminal charges, but when you hold a position of power like that then everything you say can be scrutinized and judged. In this case, he is a judge and if he were to have racist tendencies then this could skew his courtroom and the outcomes of trials. Not saying that this happened, but you could see how that could be an issue.”
Leroy Griffin on Apr 6, 2012 at 22:06:53
“yea we had a president lie underoath about getting a little head and got away with it put that in your pipe and smoke”
“It just sets a dangerous precedent to say that Zimmerman wasn't in the wrong in any sort of way. There are a lot of unanswered questions in all this. I just don't feel comfortable with a man who is armed with a gun to be able to go and question you, and follow you, when he has no authority, and to not have any sort of repercussions. Just because he thought the person was "acting really strange" and he was suspicious looking.”
“You do realize that Amtrak was the same way, right? They were a private company at first before they had to be bailed out and brought under government control. Who is to say the same thing won't happen in this situation? Yeah it may be private now but who knows how long that will last. And the money that RS rejected ended up going to another state. He did nothing but end up hurting the state by rejecting the money because it was going to end up getting spent one way or another.
And it's not even high speed rail.”
metusmetu on Mar 25, 2012 at 21:42:54
“Yes, and after I have talked to people in Amtrak telling me they are controlled by congress as to where they can run, and where they cannot, and will not let them expand AT ALL WHERE THEY WANT TO!! Is no wonder this country is at the MERCY OF THE BIG OIL COMPANIES!!”
behindEnemyLines on Mar 23, 2012 at 09:43:31
“AMTRAK is not private or state run, it is Federally subsidized. Second the new rail goes right through downtown Miami. Amtrack stops in FT Lauderdale. He ensured the citizens of Florida were not on the hook after the Feds stop funding the high speed rail program 10 years after it was built. This is a win for Florida, it's citizens and Scott. Something I know bothers the hell out of your side.”
bola47 on Mar 23, 2012 at 08:29:25
“amtrak was federally subsidized from day 1. it is made up of a conglomeration of bankrupt private railroads.”
“His policies are having less of an effect than some people think. There are so many factors that affect oil and it is silly to attribute so much of it to one man. The talk of Iran is pushing prices higher due to insane speculation and companies can get more money if they sell their oil to another country.”
“You make it sound like it will end up costing people more money. How do you know that the current situation isn't more costly? Just because we can get cheap energy doesn't mean we can ignore the external costs of pollution. Someone has to pay for it. Paying a little more for your energy bill may in fact save society money over time from the benefits to people's health and the positive environmental benefits.”
grappler1987 on Mar 1, 2012 at 00:55:42
“"electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent "
Sounds like more. Besides, our power plants have made great progress since 2005.
"NASA Satellite Confirms Sharp Decline in Pollution from U.S. Coal Power Plants"
"The scientists, led by an Environment Canada researcher, have shown that sulfur dioxide levels in the vicinity of major coal power plants have fallen by nearly half since 2005." http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/coal-pollution.html”
“The easiest way to get legislators to stop doing ridiculous things like this are to make them experience it all. I wonder how much funding our social welfare would get if legislators had to live off of that instead of their exorbitant salaries?”
“Even with food, the fact that it was an open raft is one of the major obstacles. You have the sun beating down on you all day, the wind and rain from storms always on you; essentially no way to seek shelter from the elements. That's probably one of the harshest aspects of it all.”
homeinsulation on Feb 20, 2012 at 00:45:51
“Yes, yes, yes....we've all seen Tom Hands in Castaway and know how being lost at sea goes. : )
I'm glad this guy made it. I'm sure the cold weather slowed his metabolism. I still find it hard to believe he didn't crawl, tunnel and bore his way out.”
“Foreign aid is such a small percentage of our budget. There is much easier things to go after then foreign aid. We spend nearly a trillion dollars on our defense budget. That's a very easy place to start with.”
“So far, so good. My principal really took his time instituting the policy and heard suggestions and concerns from teachers and parents. We have signs up that say either power on or off which allows the students to know when and where they can use their device. Lunch is power off...they still have to learn to socialize. :)”
First, what happens if a student is robbed? If they are forced to buy a new tablet then this could place an unfair burden on them, especially poor students. Furthermore, if you give them a tablet, you have now just marked them as a target and this could lead to consequences. Perhaps if they were modified in some way that it was purely an educational tablet, then this could work maybe. It'd create less of an incentive for it to be stolen if all it can do is educational activities.
Also, it can save paper for textbooks that is for sure, but will it really be cheaper? If there are free updates and discounts on future versions of the text, then this could be amazing.
I could also see some privacy issues erupting from this. If it's something like an iPad, where the child can get on the internet/facebook, then does the school have a right to the content of the student? And if the student posts something objectionable with the school tablet, can they be prosecuted for that?
There are some kinks to work out, for sure, but this has potential to be a great thing. Many kids have some form of technology on them at some point and so this is the medium that they understand best.”
coachnelly on Feb 2, 2012 at 11:21:33
“As far as the privacy issues are concerned, my school district has an open technology policy where students are allowed to bring in their own technological devices from home to use during the school day. BUT....they are only allowed to use our WIFI connection which has all the internet protections - students (and teachers as well) are not allowed to visit any social media website or anything that the district deems unacceptable for viewing in a public school. If the student does connect to Facebook through a different network and we take notice, they are in trouble for violating their technology contract which states that they will only use our school network while at school.
If you take your time, think ahead and develop the proper policies to ensure student safety and access......used properly, this could be a revolutionary idea.”