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Re: “If a Botched Execution Isn't Enough to End the Death Penalty in Arizona, What Is?

So many things to say:

1. I am one of those victim's family members who is opposed to the death penalty. I take the Constitution at its word: no cruel and unusual punishment shall be inflicted. And I don't believe any government should be in the business of taking the lives of its citizens, but ESPECIALLY not in a system that is so heavily prejudiced toward people who are poor and people of color.

2. As a family member I believe it is easier to heal if a life without possibility of parole sentence is handed out immediately. I do not have to relive the event repeatedly for years and years and I do not have to feel guilt for taking the life of another human being.

3. I'm sure there are victims of other crimes who do not agree with the sentences handed down. That is not how the justice system works in this country. We do not let (biased) victims determine what an appropriate punishment is.

4. No matter what my beliefs are about the death penalty in general, the CURRENT SYSTEM ISN'T WORKING. At a minimum, executions should be suspended until they can figure out the drug issue. If the state cannot obtain the combination that was used "humanely" in the past, then the state is just going to have to wait.

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Posted by porchsong on 07/24/2014 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Reefer Research Madness

Career Researcher... it was going to be a randomized, triple blind study. No matter what she or anyone else might WANT the results to be, they would simply be working with data. And although I am NOT a career researcher I believe in the world of science we would all agree that Tylenol is "safe," yet Tylenol poisoning has caused more than 1,500 accidental deaths. Can Career Researcher perhaps tell me how many people in history have died from cannabis poisoning? Since there is no FDA approval for cannabis yet I will defer to the doctors, who take the oath of "first do no harm," along with the historical data to agree with any person who deems cannabis safe.

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Posted by porchsong on 07/17/2014 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Home Is Where the Hut Is

I have been wondering if the schools we are closing could somehow be used as homeless shelters, or at the very least, looking at this program, if their bathroom/shower facilities and grounds could be utilized. I also dream of community gardening on these properties as a way to feed people and possibly help people "pay" for their lodging by working in the garden.

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Posted by porchsong on 05/29/2014 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Did Linkin Park Snitch on Sublime With Rome at KFMA Day?

yeah, because no one's ever lied before. i'm sure linkin park would totally just fess up to snitching.

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Posted by porchsong on 05/27/2014 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Buffalo Exchange Closing Downtown Store

Bummer. How about 4th Avenue? Too much competition? Seems like a better fit for a store like Buffalo Exchange.

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Posted by porchsong on 05/13/2014 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Danehy

I live downtown and I think it's a success even though it hasn't started carrying passengers yet. Yes, the parking and biking situation is a bit troubling... but you can always ride up a side street and park in a garage. But the vibrancy downtown makes my heart sing, and students are just one essential part of that mix. If you want the vanilla, thirty-something, I could be anywhere in the US chain feeling, there are still plenty of places in town to get that.

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Posted by porchsong on 05/08/2014 at 8:39 AM

Re: “BASIS and University High Are Top U.S. High Schools, Which Means . . .?

Rachelaadelle I think some readers are saying that the fact that BASIS *IS* a lot of work IS a selection process. It's like law school. The freshman class is usually three times the size of the graduating class, and even though the freshman are not flunking some kind of placement test, it is a selection process nonetheless.

I don't have kids but there are three things I would love to see in public education: Teachers getting paid a living wage and not having to spend their own money on resources. Parents taking a MUCH more active role in their kids' educations. And as someone mentioned... figuring out a way to engage the high risk kids. Staying in school, at least through high school, has SUCH a profound effect on a person's later opportunities.

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Posted by porchsong on 05/07/2014 at 9:19 AM

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