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  •  sorry, but I was and am allergic to both and more (3+ / 0-)

    and I survived.

    do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

    by teacherken on Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 04:39:32 AM PDT

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    •  My comment wasn't meant as a personal (0+ / 0-)

      rebuke, only to suggest that one man's drink is another's poison.

      I will admit to a certain animosity towards the effort to tout the "benefits" of rural living to lure people out of the cities into new subdivisions.  It's resulted in the despoilation of the countryside, the evisceration of the cities and the atomizing of society.  It's not good for society for people to live in isolation; and it's not good for people to live in nature when they don't know how to cope.

      Telling people that they can and should be self-reliant is to create an illusion.  Moreover, when they try to do it and fail, it's devastating.  Humans aren't made to live by themselves as predator and prey--not if we expect them to retain their humanity.

      How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

      by hannah on Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 04:52:03 AM PDT

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      •  I am not supportive of rural subdivisions per se (3+ / 0-)

        in my years in DC I have seen the impact.  We regularly go to the crafts fair near Harper's Ferry, and I have seen as more and more houses have gone up along the roads there -  some commute into the DC area, but also more jobs have been created in the WV Eastern Panhandle.  I realize that people need places to live, but as in many other aspects of life, I often see the development that is taking place not being connected with other things that are important.

        That said, we have seriously considered moving to the country on a couple of occasions, looking at one place in WV and several in Rappahannock County VA.  Because of work we have not -  we could not justify the longer commutes and the impact it would have.

        Still, we talk about it from time to time. . .

        do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

        by teacherken on Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 04:55:40 AM PDT

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    •  When I was 15 (4+ / 0-)
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      I escorted my sister, age 7 and two of her friends to a nearby woodlot so they could collect some insects for a 'zoo'.  The woodlot was a fair distance from our house and across a busy street.  One of them disturbed a yellow jacket colony and we were all stung multiple times.  So I had to walk three crying young girls for close to a mile back to the house.

      My sister is allergic to bee and wasp stings but she was given a shot.  The adults didn't think it was a particularly big deal (once my sister was medicated).  I can only imagine the reaction of one of today's 'helicopter parents'.

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