“To borrow from Sheriff J W Pepper: this country is struggling with "The Military Industrial Complex, the Corporate Media (which they own), Hollywood, all promote war and constantly put "fear" into you all the time." But along with that, besides Memorial Day and Veteran's Day, the general public does not acknowledge the struggles these military men and women go through and the sacrifices they have made. There are not many people in this world who can be thrown in a war zone and come out unscathed. We have to acknowledge them, their families, and their struggles. We need to provide a support system to help them when they need it the most. I'm happy to see articles like these, videos like those posted above are being made public.
Also, a slight tangent, our society must do away with the stereotypes stamped on people who do seek help. So we must support all that may suffer from PTSD or any other psychological struggles that need help. It takes a strong community to support each other through thick and thin.”
“I wonder how much of this is attributed to monoculture. If the citrus were biologically diverse, would they be so endangered to die? Maybe cross-breeding with something more resistant to the disease. Or as some have mentioned, maybe this is a good time to genetically modify the citrus trees.”
Tatiana Romanova on Aug 30, 2013 at 14:57:22
“Tomatoes fight off a very similar pest and have developed resistance. Cornell University then implanted the gene that fights them off into oranges. The trees have been planted and we are awaiting the results.
GMO does offer the world great promise despite what the naysayers say
“These men are being held with charges against them, with no conviction -- placing them in the most dangerous situation known to any civilization -- indefinite incarceration. This precarious situation, especially physically far enough away from the American legal system, has allowed atrocities to be conducted without public knowledge. Aside from mishandling the detainees copy of the Quran, what other things have those guards done to their physical person without our knowledge? I understand there is still the war on terror and these men are being linked to 9/11, but a civilization can be judged most by the way they treat their POWs. This goes to show, American civilization needs to re-evaluate this war on terror. Can terrorism be fought with terrorism? I don't think so. These detainees, even if are truly linked to terrorist groups, will use the mistreatment of their entire being to drive their convictions deeper. And if they did not have any qualms with the US before their detention, they certainly will now.”
“I find it very interesting reading through all these hateful posts against illegal immigrants. Yes, there is a reason why it is called illegal, because there is a Federal law that states undocumented people in the US will not be allowed to stay, nor get the rights of a citizen or resident. That makes perfect sense. But most of them come to this country because this is the land of opportunity and tolerance! They aren't just seeking opportunity for themselves -- but for their children. That is what this country is supposed to be about. The land of opportunity where anyone can remake themselves and those who work hard can live the American dream. "Give me your hungry, your tired, your poor, your huddled masses to breathe free..." To deny that of anyone goes against those very principles!
Do not punish those immigrants who are trying to make an honest living and raising a family because they gathered the courage to cross that line that separates "us" from "them". A road to citizenship would be good for those who want to contribute their spirit and hard work to the American dream.”
“That's a very honest story. I'm happy you could live to tell the tale and have dedicated yourself to help others, especially if they are going through what you have been through. These substances are highly addictive and can wreck havoc on people's lives. You are a strong woman and stronger to pull yourself up and get your life back on track. Kudos!”
Sep 5, 2013 at 14:57:04
“I honestly wish, kabarr, that immigration law was so cut and dry, that 20 years is suffice for people to get a green card or apply for citizenship. I guess that's why there is much talk about immigration reform. These opportunities you speak of are few and far between. So, even if he were to have applied 30 years ago, he could still be waiting -- even with political influence on his side.
Now, I wonder, because he broke the law does that mean he has no basic human rights to work and participate in society like the rest of the US citizens? Would this apply to all people who have broken the law? And I assume we are talking federal law. So, under that same logic, a murderer who has proven himself to be productive and willing to enter society should be denied the opportunity because he had broken the law.”
kabarr on Sep 8, 2013 at 15:01:47
“Segolily, I'm not sure if I'm following you in reference to your comment about those that have broken the law. A murderer who has proven himself to be a productive member of society absolutely should be denied the opportunity to enter back into society until he has paid his dues for the crimes he commited. That would apply to this obviously bright young man as well. He would pay his dues by going through the legal process. As gifted as he may be, he is not above the law. I'm guessing there are plenty others just as gifted, if not more. However, I would admit I did not know it took that long or longer to go through that process. Again, not sure if that what you were speaking on.”
adrianna123456 on Sep 5, 2013 at 22:49:10
“"because he broke the law does that mean he has no basic human rights to work and participate in society like the rest of the US".
Thats not even what human rights mean. Human rights mean he has the right to not be murdered, and beaten, starved, and kidnapped. Not the right to do whatever you please.”
murphy girl on Sep 5, 2013 at 20:48:30
“I have to disagree with the cut and dry, if only. If the immigration laws were simplified it would be so much better. There are too many laws and too many exceptions to the laws and too many exceptions for those breaking the laws. You are either here legally or you are not, it is one of the two. Either you have legal status here or you don't. If you don't you need to leave.”
dobbydoobers on Sep 5, 2013 at 19:57:58
“Well a murderer who would have proven himself to be productive would also had to have served his sentence for breaking the law. A known murderer who refused to acknowledge that he was guilty or pay the penalty for his crime could never really become a productive member of society.”
Sep 5, 2013 at 14:45:52
“I can appreciate that he is an illegal immigrant. But what we are denying him is an opportunity to live the "American Dream". There is a reason he is attracted to live in the US, even if it means under illegal circumstances, and he is willing to give back to the community that supported him to get an education. I also find it interesting that no one seems to mind if he quietly kept picking almonds with his dad that he is illegally in the US, but when he tries to live the American Dream, well that is an uproar! And if everyone traced their lineage, can they honestly say they came to this country with complete privileged legal circumstances? Or is that a fight for the next generation while parents just suffer the consequences in silence?
Yes, his case seems black and white, but I've seen discrimination to work with those simply with a work visa or a student visa. We deny those who want to work an opportunity to work and possibly make society better. ”
54Cheyenne on Sep 5, 2013 at 15:42:23
“No. You start out well and then go sideways. The American dream is open to . . .Americans.
It is not unlike me saying that I dream of your car, so I take your car and I treat it well, I obey all traffic laws and cause no harm with it, so I should be allowed to keep your car because I have your car.
Because one wishes to immigrate to this country , or any country, does not mean they should, or that they are entitled to. For those who break the law and circumvent the process, they should start at the back of the line and from their country of origin. There are many immigrants in front of them who are following the law and policy and procedure who should receive consideration first, long before this young man.
Admittedly, it wasn't his fault he was brought here. He can thank his parents for that problem. But it is his problem that he failed to address if as an adult. He could have done the right thing in the right way - now he chooses to have an exception made - why? Because he wants it. That is insufficient reason to treat him specially. In some way we are all beneficiaries of our parent's decisions, good or bad. Its what we do with them that is significant.”
“There is blame to go around and in the end we are really just passing the buck. But in the end, the politicians, school admins, parents, and students need to work together. I think a few things need to happen:
1. There needs to be a redefinition of a "failing school" as the article suggests. Are they "failing" OR do we need to really assess why they are failing in our eyes? Which leads to...
2. Change the expectations of the children. Are we teaching them what they should do with their education or just emphasizing to them that being smart is what it's all about? There are plenty of successful people who went to their state university and community college who later became CEOs of Fortune 500 companies or started a business that later employed many members of their community. AND ALSO
3. Put in the resources to meet these expectations. If we want to have all kids to become productive members of society, be willing to take the time at home to make that happen and put in the right people to help the students achieve these goals.”
Sep 5, 2013 at 11:02:26
“A very interesting situation! For legal reasons, this man is being denied a professional license because he is and has been an illegal immigrant in the United States for 20 years. But during this time he has, as the article claims, self-financed an education to get a law degree and pass the bar exam. Other than his immigration status, he has not done anything wrong and has proven to be a productive member of society -- he worked hard, paid taxes (still comes out of their pay from their employers, if they are actually on the books and getting paid minimum wage -- but that's a tangent), and got an education to improve his situation. So, why deny him the opportunity to continue being productive and giving back to society? There are people who are legally in this country, here for generations, who haven't even attempted to do what this man has done, who feel entitled to something they haven't worked for a day in their life. I think with his background, he should be allowed citizenship and to practice law.
In terms of proper representation within the judicial system, I think an immigrant lawyer would better represent the invisible workforce that still fuels the economy.”
kabarr on Sep 5, 2013 at 13:25:30
“Sorry Segolily, his accomplishments are indeed commendable. By the message of your post, you are not an idiot. Therefore, I know you are aware the primary issue is his "immigration status". Simply because you have been and have the ability to become a productive member of this society does not mean you have the right to do so, especially if you have broken the law. Twenty years is a long time, plenty of opportunities. Obviously he's a smart guy and have been around the right people that could have helped him along the way. Don't know his complete story, simply speculating.”
54Cheyenne on Sep 5, 2013 at 12:40:45
“Really? You "except for" is a major exception don't you think. He is illegal. Perhaps not his fault, although at some point it was incumbent upon him as an adult to address it. If he is angry about it, he should be angry at his parents who placed him at risk, and put him in the situation he is in.”
“Nicely said. I think the endangerment these white males are facing is an upper hand, that once fell in their laps. Now, as someone mentioned, if they look at a provocatively dressed co-worker, they will get reprimanded. They aren't endangered of anything, but are being treated and seen as everyone else -- they can be the butt of jokes, they have to make room for minorities. A little humility never hurt anyone.”
Tom LeJeune on Jul 26, 2013 at 23:59:50
“Well I got two questions? Should a woman be reprimanded for checking out a provocatively dressed male coworker and why is it acceptable to have someone dressing provocatively in a work environment?”
“Oh wow! Thanks! I am 26 and have been beating myself up for not having everything figured out. According to many, it looks like I'm doing a lot and I'm set (for life?). But there is this nagging feeling that I should be doing more and I need to figure it out NOW. It really helped getting things in perspective and knowing I'm not the only 20-something trying to do everything. Thank you!”
“Thank you for such an encouraging article! I have been feeling quite burnt out myself but couldn't quite put my finger on where all my focus and attention went. I will certainly have to try disconnecting! Thanks you!”
“So, what you're suggesting is this advice is not applicable to all working women? I have a hard time seeing this in its entirety due to my background. I was raised by a single mother who has worked blue-collar jobs her whole life, with less than a high-school education and immigrating to the US in her twenties. So, for me, I see a secretary as a working professional as all those other professionals you mentioned because I saw my mom as a working professional. But I know the world is vast and I am limited to just my perspective. Thank you for your reply! I appreciate seeing a different perspective. :)”
“I think it is great to bring awareness on women in the workplace! I have noticed with female friends of mine who have just started their careers, are starting to experience health issues due to a demanding career. I just wonder, how do women in a male dominated industry/career path, continue being driven to rise to the top and still maintain that work-life balance? I can understand we have to maintain that, but should it be a personal goal? Or are these things we need to bring to an organizational/corporate level's attention to get this balance in place?
Honestly, I thing both genders would benefit greatly to a work-life balance and learn to "lean-in and lean-back to lean back-in again".”
Trixiebelle on Mar 5, 2013 at 20:58:23
“This piece is talking about professional women: doctors, lawyers, executives. Not the women who help these upper level executives manage their days -- their secretaries. So little is said about the working women who are an integral part of making these professionals successful. And they do it with less perks and $$$$ than their superiors. These very valuable women are completely ignored when it comes to any article or conversation on "working women" which I find highly prejudicial and unfair for ALL women. Just saying.”
Jan 25, 2013 at 15:42:12
“Thank you for such an uplifting and insightful article! I'm in the process to figure out what the "pain in my lower back" is trying to tell me, myself. Your article has given me a bit a courage to go out at explore what my dharma is! Thank you!”
hp blogger Tabby Biddle on Jan 29, 2013 at 19:47:14