“I'm glad that things worked out well for you and your husband; however, most people under 30 are not mature enough to make a life-time commmitment. Marriage is serious business, not a promotional opportunity for celebrities.”
“Billy Ray, how can this kid know true love at 19???”
donnammcpherson on Jun 7, 2012 at 13:10:12
“I met my husband at 19 married him at 20 and we are still married 18 years later. It doesn't matter how old you are it matters how much you are willing to work at it. Old people marry and it doesn't last.
But in Hollywood marraiges they leave at the first sign of trouble, a better career opportunity or whatever else they can think of. They don't work for it.”
Hitchslap2 on Jun 7, 2012 at 13:02:27
“How can any of us know anything that is none of our business?”
“This cannot be blamed on liberals. It is this woman -- and others like her -- who take great advantage of a system that is designed to temporarily help people in need. She knows she's workin' the system and doesn't care. Write and call your elected officials to push them to change the law that allows this benefit and behavior. Take action.”
“He jeopardized the lives of his wife and his unborn child, as well as his own and others on the road. Why not pull off the road, call for an ambulance, and help deliver the baby? Are you as stupid as this guy is??”
sasweeney1 on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:03:00
“Maybe your stupid if you can't drive with one hand. It's not like he had a full production set up with a camera on a tripod. He had a little hand held device. I've been driving for 20 years and I rarely have both hands on the wheel and never been in a wreck. Not that big of a deal dude so unclinch.”
“The police couldn't get there in less than 21 minutes???”
cwo4weaver on Jan 4, 2012 at 14:16:12
“I am a deputy sheriff in a very large county. We have 30 minutes to answer a call before we have to justify the delay, due to the distances involved. Of course, we would be going to this call with blue lights and siren but we simply can't be everywhere in an instant. Twenty-one minutes is a long time and this must be a large area, also, but this is the perfect example why people have to be prepared to defend themselves until we CAN get there. As has been said before, "when seconds count, the police are only minutes away". Get a gun, learn how to use it, and protect yourself until we can get to you.”
Redford1970 on Jan 4, 2012 at 14:10:14
“There are only seven (7) officers covering 24 hrs/7 days/365 in a large rural geographic area.”
“You and your son were very fortunate that nothing bad happened to him and that he is an independent sort. You put him in great danger, and you required the airlines to take over what was your responsibility.”
Spike5 on Dec 23, 2011 at 18:06:56
“Can you provide statistics to back up that 'very fortunate' statement? I'd like some links to actual incidents and not anecdotes of someone says or I know someone who....
Children that age go to sleep-away camp, ride school buses, walk to and from school alone, spend unsupervised time with priests and coaches and are in greater danger in those situations than on an airplane with flight attendants charged to look out for them. I can't find any evidence of reasonably prepared children being in danger on planes (by preparation, I mean the kind of guidance we give our children in all cases about not talking to strangers, not getting in a stranger's car, not letting anyone touch you inappropriately, etc) but I can give you an awful lot of evidence suggesting that allowing them to be with a priest is the worst thing a parent could do.
No, my child was lucky that he was able to continue to spend time with his father after we were divorced.
Clearly if he had not been the independent type, if he had not already traveled extensively, if he had been fearful or anxious, I might have made a different decision. If you ever allow your child to ride in a car with another adult driving, then you must be abrogating your own responsibilities just as much.”
“Why would a parent book a child on a flight that was not non-stop????”
aldragos on Dec 22, 2011 at 20:12:41
Spike5 on Dec 22, 2011 at 19:45:43
“Perhaps because there are NO non-stop flights between the two locations?
My son flew across country to see his father every year starting when he was six, first from Minnesota to Tucson, then Florida to Tucson. The distances were obviously prohibitive for driving and the cost was prohibitive for me to travel with him. I drove him to the nearest airport where he could get a direct flight but there were never any non-stop flights available.
This was before cell phones but he always had all the telephone numbers he could possibly need, money for emergencies and phone calls, instructions on who to call if anything came up. He had been flying since he was an infant so he was very comfortable with traveling. Of course, he was always a remarkably independent child. The few times over the years when something unexpected did come up, he always managed to deal with it with confidence and pride in his own competence.”
“My comment was neither ignorant nor hateful. Seems to me that your decision to have additional children was irresponsible. Why would you take the chance, keeping the child's future in mind, not your own? The chances of having another special needs child is NOT extremely low.”
“Why would a couple with a special needs child take the chance and have another kid? Highly irresponsible!!!!!”
Danceroflife on Jun 4, 2012 at 00:05:55
“I believe that your are confused. Developmentally disabled children are not genetic abnormalities. Now if you are talking about couples who have children with genetic disabilities (i.e., Cystic Fibrosis, Hemophilia, Sickle Cell Anemia, Tay Sachs disease, etc.) I could understand your perspective.
Parents who have a child born with a non-genetic disabilities are no more at risk of having another child with non-genetic disabilities than any other parent. Amniocentesis is a way for parents to learn if their unborn child has a chromosomal abnormality or a genetic abnormality. There is a difference.
Perhaps you should educate yourself on the difference between non-genetic disabilities and genetic disabilities before posting on the subject again.”
wtkeeney on Jun 2, 2012 at 16:03:56
“First, not every condition is genetic. In fact, most aren't. Most people who have a child with disabilities can have other children without the fear of having another. Our first child was born with severe disabilities, but testing showed that her condition had nothing to do with genetics inherited from us. We went on to have 3 other perfectly healthy children.
The most common disability among children is Autism. If a couple has a child with Autism, the chances of having ANOTHER child with Autism is only 2%. That means there's a 98% chance that their other children would be perfectly fine.
The second most common disability is Cerebral Palsy-- which occurs about 1 in every 300 births. And again, it rarely has anything to do with genetics, but instead is usually caused by by lack of blood or oxygen to the baby. So the risk to them isn't any different than the risk to anyone else. Same thing with Down's Syndrome. One in 833 live births result in a child with Down's Syndrome and the vast majority of cases were not inherited from the parents. Most disabilitites that children are born with are NOT things they inherited from their parents--- and for the conditions that CAN be inherited, the risk is often very low-- sometimes so low that it's barely any higher than the risk for anyone ELSE. So it isn't "irresponsible" at all.
Maybe throwing around accusations without knowing the facts is irresponsible?
Yeah-- I think it is.”
jenny from atl on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:14:23
“Because kids with special needs need siblings too. We have a child with autism that loves both his older and younger brother. These brothers will be his family and support after me and my husband are gone. The chances of having another special needs child is extremely low. In fact Americans have a greater chance of getting killed in a car accident than having a child with special needs. So your comment is not only ignorant, but kind of hateful.”