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Quickwrite: Last Train Home

Do you agree or disagree with the decisions that Qin's parents made? What would you have done differently?
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Andrew Nguyen's comment, May 5, 2014 3:39 PM
The parents are correct for having left to get a job to give quin a better education. The parents had to make their own personal sacrifices in order to let quin move ahead in life. But quin not liking farm life and having no parents around to raise her goes against her parents will and leaves the farm in order to get a job for herself in a factory.
Justice The Bryant's curator insight, May 5, 2014 3:42 PM

I think the choice the parents made to leave there children to go work in the city to make enough money for Qin and her brother to go to school was the right  decision. However if it was up to me i would have tried to make enough to  move my family closer to me, so i would be able to see them more often

Stephanie Peraza's comment, May 5, 2014 3:43 PM
i agree with the decisions the parents made, the only reason they moved was because the kids could have a better education and a better life. but they cant just come after a year and visit their kids and expect everything to be ok. i would do the same thing if i was in the same situation as Qin's family is in.
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QW: Palestine Israel

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How should the Palestinian Israeli conflict be resolved?  Should the Palestinians get their own country?  Should they have a right to return?  How should Jerusalem be divided up?

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ariel prado's comment, March 28, 2014 3:56 PM
think that the conflict can be resolved by a treaty being set for each the Palestinians and Israelis. They should also be given land since it is their homeland.
samantha perez's comment, March 28, 2014 4:11 PM
I think that the conflict can be resolved by giving the Palestinians their own country. They lost more land then what they had before. They deserve to live on thier land. Or they can resolve by a treaty to give each other equal rights.
Tiana Coleman's comment, April 2, 2014 1:17 PM
I feel that the palestinians and jerusalem should all come to an agreement of equal rights. Cause the palestinians should be comfortable as any other country in the world. Also jerusalem should 'nt be divided cause its their land. But the palestinians should'nt have to go through all that chaos
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‘Downton Abbey’ Democrats May Cost their Party the Senate

‘Downton Abbey’ Democrats May Cost their Party the Senate | Bellaire World Geography | Scoop.it
When it comes to green gentry liberalism, think of an Americanized version of the PBS hit—where everyone knows his or her place, and our betters look best.
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Thomas Dudey's comment, April 4, 2014 4:13 PM
The article talks about the argument over the Keystone pipeline as an important issue involving the environment. The author of this article notes the public’s desire to keep the pipeline in order to produce more jobs for the common man over giving it all up for the sake of making the Earth a cleaner place. While I see the author’s point of view on the side of short-term practicality, I believe that we need to stop continuing to sacrifice the environment before it is too late for the Earth to recover at all. The keystone pipeline could cause a huge risk to the environment through possible oil spills as well as the high greenhouse gas emissions that it produces, destroying wide areas of the environment as well as helping to cause global warming.
David Miller's comment, April 4, 2014 11:14 PM
It is imperative that a politician never go directly against any sort of energy source specific. The importance of the democrats supporting Keystone is very high. The people need to know their place in all of this but keep stepping out of line. The republicans forwardness with energy may give them the upperhand with this company and the votes. The failure in the past years has caused a switch in sides for the republicans which cold end up being very costly.
Madi Gordon's comment, April 7, 2014 12:49 PM
The democrats that oppose the Keystone pipeline remind me of the prominent aristocratic family of Downton Abbey, while middle class Americans who are not in opposition of the pipeline remind me of the staff downstairs. This article explains how out of touch liberalists are with the views of the average american. I find it interesting that this oversight of the majority of the american people will cause the democrats seats in the senate.
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America’s Most Puzzling Governor

America’s Most Puzzling Governor | Bellaire World Geography | Scoop.it
Thanks to her state’s special gift for making headlines of the Can you believe what they did this time? variety, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has been in and out of the national spotlight since she assumed office in 2009—most recently just last week when she vetoed a bill that would have allowed business owners to refuse to serve gays on religious...
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Lauren Heim's curator insight, April 16, 2014 10:29 PM

we actually talked about this today in Gov & Law. Arizona has some serious explaining to do when it comes to the bills they're passing dealing with the constitution and the rights of its people. Especially since no one could come up with a scenario where religion was in jeopardy and that their law was decriminalizing gays and lesbians.

Abigail Beinborn's comment, April 19, 2014 5:31 PM
This is a great article talking about what we talked about in class. There are a lot of laws Arizona is trying to pass dealing with anchor babies and the border. Do you think it is right?
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Democrats Eye Governor Races for 2014 Gains | RealClearPolitics

Democrats Eye Governor Races for 2014 Gains | RealClearPolitics | Bellaire World Geography | Scoop.it
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Anthony Nguyen's comment, April 4, 2014 5:36 PM
With the senate and governor races approaching this year, the Republicans have to protect 22 of the 36 governors' seats up while the Democracts only have to protect 14. The author of this article evidently focuses on the advantages that the Democrats have over the Repubilcans. Since gubernatorial pickups would prove useful for the Democratic party, it is understandable that the Dems are striving to win several states, especially with the president is continuously conflicting with congress. It is interesting to see the strategies the Democrats are willing to execute such as exploiting the Walker scandal in Wisconsin. However, the author only explains the Democractice advantages, so it would be interesting to see the position of the Republicans.
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HOTEL RWANDA COMMENTS

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If Hotel Rwanda took place today, what do you think America should do?  Why or why not?  What can we do?

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Stephanie Peraza's comment, February 24, 2014 3:48 PM
I think America should of helped them on any way they can. If this was us right now i think people will help in any way they can. i think we should send people or the army to help them and try to fundraise people to bring food or help them in money.
Gerardo Mejia's curator insight, February 24, 2014 3:51 PM

That we should bring health supply for the injured people. 

zarrianware's comment, February 24, 2014 3:52 PM
they us can help by sending the us troops to help them out and ask to loan them money
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New Old Libya - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Libyans lived under a dictator who twisted their
past. Now they must imagine their future.
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QW: Church and State

Mr. Leagans puts a copy of the Ten Commandments up in his room.  His principal asks him to take it down saying that it is a violation of church and state.  Mr. Leagans disagrees and believes that the Ten Commandments will help provide his students with moral guidance.  What do you think Mr. Leagans should do?

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Rodrick Coverson's comment, April 22, 2014 3:48 PM
I agree with Lisha Patel's comment because if no student is offended by the amendments then it should stay up. There should not be a problem if no student is offended.
Justice The Bryant's curator insight, April 22, 2014 3:52 PM

I think Mr. leagans should take it down , since he could get into trouble over it. For example a Jewish kid could get offended by the copy of the 10 commandments and tell his parent. The next day they could tell the principal cause and effect. So unless he wants all of that drama i suggest he takes it down

samantha perez's comment, April 22, 2014 3:53 PM
Mr.Leagans should keep the copy of the ten commandments because some students need guidance and that may be a reminder to them to be good. And may help students think about their actions. Mr.Leagans should also tell his students to think about the copy and just try to understand it.
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The once and future currency

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“LUMPY, unpredictable, potentially large”: that was how Tim Geithner, then head of the New York Federal Reserve, described the need for dollars in emerging...
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Rodrick Coverson's curator insight, March 28, 2014 3:36 PM

They should just give up .

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The once and future currency

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“LUMPY, unpredictable, potentially large”: that was how Tim Geithner, then head of the New York Federal Reserve, described the need for dollars in emerging...
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Jiahao Chen's comment, April 7, 2014 4:00 PM
The dollar’s position is “suboptimal but stable and self-reinforcing,” Mr Prasad says so....I think exchange of currency is not as good as what we think, it is not a ideal exchange of money, what we supposed to do should be something like economic ways, what we expecting is trading more and more investments and building up new firms would increase in the money inflow and also increase the value of US currency, since too much money directly exchange would naturally depreciate the value, it's not a big problem though but i would cause problem if we are not dealing with it...And free exchange, is not as good as free trade, it would not even be helpful to our economic situation right now.......People need dollars......everyone wanna keep dollars in pocket, but should be in a smart way.
Melissa Aleman's comment, April 8, 2014 3:03 PM
After reading this, what I received from the article is that America wants to expand. America wants to be able to pull other countries into the economy and build trading relationships that could be beneficial all around. I feel like this might be a good yet risky opportunity/idea because it would be good for the country to branch out somewhat to other economies other than just the ones we are associated with now. The dollar is a very important and strong currency in not just our economy, but others as well in the market worldwide and if America decides to expand, it could result in positives making their mark in other economies. Although it may all seem like it would be good to expand, it might not as well. It could be too big of a risk to take and looking at our economy compared to others, we are pretty well off, doing fine.
Melissa Aleman's curator insight, April 8, 2014 3:15 PM

After reading this, what I received from the article is that America wants to expand. America wants to be able to pull other countries into the economy and build trading relationships that could be beneficial all around. I feel like this might be a good yet risky opportunity/idea because it would be good for the country to branch out somewhat to other economies other than just the ones we are associated with now. The dollar is a very important and strong currency in not just our economy, but others as well in the market worldwide and if America decides to expand, it could result in positives making their mark in other economies. Although it may all seem like it would be good to expand, it might not as well. It could be too big of a risk to take and looking at our economy compared to others, we are pretty well off, doing fine.

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This is why the Fed should start worrying about inflation again

This is why the Fed should start worrying about inflation again | Bellaire World Geography | Scoop.it
The unemployment rate is about to hit 6.5 percent. Does that mean inflation is on its way?
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Linh Tran's comment, April 6, 2014 3:51 PM
I dont think that it's a bad idea to increase the inflation a bit. When inflation is higher, unemployment rate goes down, and that's better for the economy as unemployment rate is pretty high right now. The feds shouldn't worry too much about inflation right now but more about unemployment instead.
Lauren Friederman's comment, April 7, 2014 9:58 PM
Employing people is more important than concern for the marginal fluctuation of inflation levels. That's not to say however that a high inflation rate wouldn't have devastating effects on the economy. It is important to keep the unemployment rate low, which also helps to curb inflation as Molly said.
nazlia's comment, April 8, 2014 12:42 AM
Inflation and unemployment are both negative aspects of the government and are almost unavoidable but can be preventable. They do not necessarily cause each other but unemployment should be a priority to be solved since inflation is an unstable part of government.
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No end in sight

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THE trade agreement the 12 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) hope to reach is to be “ambitious”, “comprehensive”, “high-standard” and...
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Top Ten Problems With the STAAR Test | Save Texas Schools

The state law that created the STAAR also created very real problems for Texas students and schools. The top ten include: 1. STAAR more than triples exit-level
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