Outgoing Saint Mary’s TOMS club president Nora Clougherty will run the first annual TOMS Day Out on Saint Mary’s campus this Thursday.The TOMS company, through its “One for One” business model, helps to give a new pair of shoes to the poor in third world countries every time a pair of its shoes is purchased. When TOMS eyewear is purchased, part of the profit goes to help restore sight to those who are poor. TOMS tote bags are a new addition to the “One for One” organization. Every time one is sold, a new bag, along with a safe home birth kit, is given to a pregnant mother in need of one.TOMS Day Out is an event that invites everybody on campus to wear their TOMS apparel if they have any. Clougherty said her goal for this event is to help people see the impact they have made by purchasing TOMS merchandise.“I hope to make people understand that something as simple as purchasing shoes can impact the world,” dhe said. “You’re able to see that not only is it someone with a pair of shoes walking by, it’s another kid with a pair of shoes walking by.”Clougherty started the Saint Mary’s TOMS club last year in hopes of bringing her passion to life on campus.“I was just messing around their website one day, and I noticed a tab that said campus involvement,” she said. “When I clicked on it, I noticed there was no Notre Dame [chapter] or saint Mary’s,” Clougherty said. “I just really wanted to take something that I loved so much and bring it to Saint Mary’s.”Ever since, Clougherty has been devoted to getting more people aware of and involved with the TOMS mission. After she graduates, Clougherty will pass on presidency of the club to sophomore Emerald Blankenship.“Emerald is clearly passionate about TOMS, and she’s been extremely helpful with many of the TOMS events that we have had this year,” Clougherty said. “She’s just as passionate, if not more passionate than I am about TOMS.”Clougherty recalls the Skype session that the club had with TOMS founder and CEO Blake Mycoskie.“That was the most inspiring event for me ever,” she said. “It still baffles me that we were the ones chosen.”Clougherty said she hopes the club will expand beyond Saint Mary’s.“I hope it grows into a bigger club here at Saint Mary’s. I hope that eventually everyone on campus is wearing them on TOMS Day Out in the future,” Clougherty said. “I hope too that it grows into Notre Dame.”Freshman club member Liana O’Grady said TOMS is great way to implement change because people can see the change they make everywhere they go.“TOMS is such a big organization,” O’Grady said. “It’s nice to see that it can have such a huge effect on our small Saint Mary’s campus.”O’Grady recalled the effect of giving simple T-shirts to children on a mission trip that she has recently taken to Uganda.“I can imagine the same look on the faces of the kids who receive a pair of shoes from TOMS,” O’Grady said. “It’ll be great to see the number of shoes that have been donated just by girls on our campus during TOMS Day Out.”Senior club member Claire Boyd said the club overall has made a positive impact in her time at Saint Mary’s.“It helped to open my eyes to different world issues going on today,” Boyd said. “It has made me more aware of … business companies that have a give-back model such as TOMS. I hope other companies can use the same give-back model that TOMS has.”Tags: saint mary’s, TOMS, TOMS Day Out
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s fair to say that I spoke too soon. Jumped the gun. A case of premature articulation, if you will.Several weeks ago, at the halfway mark of the fourth season of Homeland, I derided the writers for suddenly portraying the character Peter Quinn as a sniveling pussy. My issue wasn’t the pussification in and of itself, but the idea that it was inconsistent with the character they had audiences invested with for the entirety of last season.Peter Quinn, played by British actor Rupert Friend, had been presented to us as a ruthless CIA assassin, formerly a lethal part of the Black Ops team lead by the truly spooky Dar Adal (played by F. Murray Abraham). A sharpshooter with a heart of lead, Quinn seemed impervious to the wishy-washy emotional pitfalls of his compatriots. In striking contrast to the tempestuous love affair of his CIA colleagues, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), which took up most of seasons 2 and 3, Quinn was stoic in his all-business demeanor. And his business, of course, was killing bad guys in the name of national security.This is not to say that his character was one-dimensional. Quinn was painted with nuances that deepened, especially when an assignment went awry and Quinn was responsible for shooting a young boy while the agent was gunning for someone else. He also displayed terrific moral complexity when he defied his boss, then CIA Director David Estes, who ordered him to kill Nicholas Brody, the captive American soldier turned terrorist. After witnessing the intimacy between Carrie and Brody at their cabin in season two from his hidden perch in the woods, Quinn decided that not only would he refuse to assassinate Brody, but that he would kill Estes should Brody be killed.Quinn: “Nothing happens to Brody.”Estes: “Or?”Quinn: “Or you’ll find me back in this bedroom one night. Right back in that chair…’cause I’m the guy that kills bad guys.”It could be argued that Quinn was so in love with Carrie Mathison that he protected Brody to preserve her happiness. This is what I believe. So what I found hard to swallow was that this same character, who had been so emotionally tormented by PTSD (mostly from the accidental killing of the young boy) that he was on the cusp of leaving the CIA, would follow his feelings for Carrie all the way back to Pakistan simply because she asked him to.“You know I can’t say no to you, Carrie,” he sighs.Really? The licensed killer who once threatened the head of the CIA is a lovelorn puppy dog, powerless to resist this blonde train wreck?Well, yes. But here’s where I was wrong: he is not just a lovelorn puppy dog. He is also the biggest badass in the CIA. Although his love for Carrie might have been the impetus to get him back into the field, he is not held back by these feelings to sharpen his razor-sharp edges. He’s back, and the stakes are bigger than Carrie.And that’s how his character is redeemed this season.With Peter Quinn, as well as with Carrie Mathison, romantic entanglements take a backseat to the big picture, which is always about saving the part of the world they feel literally responsible for. With last night’s episode, “13 Hours of Islamabad,” the United States embassy has been attacked from within, suffering 37 casualties, including the heartbreaking scene where the beautiful Fara (Nazanin Boniadi) is brutally murdered by the Talibani terrorist head Hassan Haqqani. Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) is physically bloodied, bruised, and badly shaken by his turn as prisoner, but the deeper wounds are both psychological and emotional: he believes that all of his years of good work and progress have been reduced to colossal failure.Carrie, on the other end of the emotional spectrum from where she started the season, is resigned to give up the post in Islamabad that went so terribly wrong, and return to the United States under orders of POTUS. She commands Quinn to pack up. They leave at oh-six-hundred.But here is where Quinn breaks from his deference to Carrie. Although there’s little doubt that his motivation stems at least in part from his desire to avenge her, Quinn secretly leaves the embassy to track down the terrorists responsible for the attack. His explicit instruction to his comrade: “This doesn’t get back to Carrie.” The last we see of Quinn, he is binding the hands of a Taliban terrorist with a zip tie, those convenient torture devices at his disposal.In the episode’s last scene, Carrie refuses to leave Pakistan without Quinn. Is it out of a desire to protect him? Is it because she knows their work is unfinished?Or have the tables turned a bit, and the chas-ee is now the chaser?We have two more episodes to find out. But I can say now with full confidence, that neither of these characters can be described as pussies.
India identified at least 135,000 bonded workers in its 2011 census, while the Australian charity Walk Free Foundation put the number at eight million in its 2018 Global Slavery Index.”The only capital they [internal migrant workers] have is their labor and the only people they know how to negotiate their livelihood with is the middleman,” said Rudra Pattanaik, chairperson for the migrant laborer welfare charity PARDA.”Cash flow in a migrant worker’s home rotates around loans and working to repay them and that process has been completely derailed,” he added. “The money lenders and middlemen are definitely going to recover the money, by hook or by crook.””It is a very risky time … this crisis will only deepen.”Fears of violence In a survey of about 3,200 informal workers who were walking home last week from cities to their villages, nearly a third had loans to repay – mainly to money lenders from their communities.Almost half of those who were in debt said they feared their inability to service the loans could see them subjected to some form of violence, according to the survey by charity Jan Sahas.In Odisha, charities are using short videos inspired by the animated film “Madagascar” to inform villagers about coronavirus and warn them against taking out loans from local money lenders at high interest rates – a practice known to fuel slave labor.The Indian government says at least 300,000 people have been pulled out of slavery since 1976, and it has committed to rescue and rehabilitate more than 10 million bonded laborers by 2030.Yet such efforts could be set back as people turn to the most convenient source of cash – lenders their families have known for generations – despite aid promised by the government for the country’s poorest, according to labor rights activists.”Money lenders may increase interest rates … distress migration will increase,” said Binoy Peter, executive director of Centre for Migration and Inclusive Development, a non-profit.”It is going to be a catastrophe.”A labor ministry official, who declined to be identified as he was not authorized to speak to the media, said government guidelines for employers to not deduct wages or terminate employment should prevent workers needing to take out loans.The official did not comment on those who had already taken out loans, and said there were no government directives to examine the issue of debt bondage during or after the lockdown.India – which has at least 9,000 confirmed cases of the virus and more than 300 deaths – has pledged $23 billion to provide food and cash to millions of its poorest citizens, along with $4 billion from a welfare fund for construction workers.Exploitation rising For Odisha-based labor agent Nijam Khan and his business partner K Shivaiah Gowda, who runs a brick kiln in Telangana, the lockdown has caused consternation over the safety of their workers at the kiln, as well as the immediate financial blow.”Business losses are huge and the impact will be felt in every migrant’s home,” said Khan, explaining how some workers had been given advances of up to 40,000 rupees upon joining.”There are already talks between manufacturers on a no-advance policy for next season, which means there will be no easy cash available to workers for weddings, funerals or health emergencies.”Anti-trafficking activists are also concerned that workers who were stuck on site at brick kilns and rice mills when the lockdown was announced will have been overworked and exploited.”Owners of these facilities have pushed up deadlines for work to be completed, knowing that the workers will … [go] home once the lockdown is opened,” said Jaba Prince, a social worker for International Justice Mission in southern Tamil Nadu.”The exploitation is rising and will only worsen,” he added.While the prospect of getting government aid is uncertain for many informal workers, and life post-lockdown hard to predict – Das is sure of one thing when looking to the future.”The relationship between laborer and lender is timeless,” Das said, referring to his son working for the local loan shark.”It stretches for many lives.” “My son works on the money lender’s farmland now. He gives him food, but no wages,” the 55-year-old told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from central Madhya Pradesh state.”We have to repay a loan and will do whatever work he gives us,” added Das, who has yet to even clear the loan’s interest.A coronavirus lockdown – due to end on Tuesday but set to be extended – has left hundreds of millions of informal workers without cash or food, and fearful that lacking paperwork or a bank account will hinder their access to government assistanceMany families will instead resort to taking out loans at high interest rates in order to survive, while others will fall deeper into debt and end up trapped in bonded labor – India’s most prevalent form of modern slavery – according to activists. When the coronavirus outbreak brought India to a halt last month, Bhagwan Das lost his only income as a construction worker in Delhi and embarked on a three-day trek back to his village.Then the loan shark came knocking.Unable to maintain repayments on the 60,000 rupee ($787) loan he took out in 2017 for his daughter’s wedding, Das had no choice but to offer his son’s labor to service the rising debt. Topics :
LRV designsSir – Having read your latest issue regarding light rail transit activity on the West Coast of North America, I found that William D Middleton gave an excellent overview of the present situation.Unfortunately, however, he seems somewhat less well informed about available light rail vehicles for the proposed systems. His inference that an LRV, such as the ’high speed’ Portland car, would be the preferred choice should be re-examined as a speed of 90 km/h can hardly be described as high. This vehicle was designed to comply with the arbitrary ’2g’ buffing load requirement and run in consist with an existing high-floor car with the same buffing strength. The resultant vehicle is nearly 14 tonnes heavier than what is really necessary for a new light rail system which is not constrained to meet this requirement. Crash management techniques, which are well known in Europe, are producing much more efficient and safer designs for passengers.There are several excellent 70% low-floor designs available off-the-shelf in Europe, all of which are around 36 tonnes at the AW0 stage (vehicle ready for operation but no passenger loading). These designs are very pleasing from an aesthetic standpoint, both inside and out, much more so than the Portland or Hudson – Bergen LRVs. In addition, as a result of the lighter weight, the propulsion efficiency is much better. The electrical energy cost saving over a ’2g’ low-floor LRV of the type suggested would be very substantial over the life of the car – one transit authority spent over $20m on power alone last year. In the age of global warming, this aspect of transit operation must be considered, especially when it is the taxpayer who will be footing the bill.N C Halden CEng, MIMechE, PEng(CAN)PrincetonNew JerseyUSADon’t bank on itSir – Unfortunately, the required disclaimer to my recent article on infrastructure separation in Rail Business Report 1998 was inadvertently left off the published version.For the record, the article should have included the following statement:’This article represents the views of the authors and not those of the World Bank, its affiliated organisations, or members of its Board of Executive Directors or the countries they represent.’The article in no way necessarily reflects the views of anyone other than the authors: any inference to the contrary would be unwarranted.Louis S ThompsonRailways AdviserThe World BankWashington DC, USA
Investors are ill-prepared for a loss of asset value due to climate change, according to a poll conducted at the IPE Conference and Awards 2014 in Vienna.During the event, 85% of the more than 500 delegates confessed that they were very badly prepared for such development.Although scientists cannot yet tell how the climate will be in a world 4 degrees Celsius warmer, there will be waves of disruption through various regions, with societies unable to cope, warned Howard Covington, chairman of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences Management Committee.As a member of a panel on climate-related risks, he said the damage could be much higher if expectations about growth turn into expectations of decline. “At best, the effect would be zero, but in the worst case, portfolio values could drop 30%,” he said.In his opinion, the only way to cut emissions is a “€40trn investment to decarbonise the world”, which he described as a “cost-free project that will decrease risk”.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive at the €23bn scheme PensionsDanmark, said he saw opportunities for long-term investments in renewable energy, also because its risk factors were very different from those in equity markets.In his opinion, investors should focus on a “win-win approach”, as financial considerations could also support an anti-climate change agenda.As an example, he cited investments in energy-efficient buildings, which would not only help slow down climate change but also benefit the building sector.PensionsDanmark has committed 10% of its assets to direct investment in the renewable energy sector, he said.Covington further highlighted the importance of “more assertive” engagement with fossil fuel companies, aimed at encouraging them to develop transition plans to sustainable energy.Investors should also try to stop fossil fuel companies from lobbying against emission reduction and make them support a higher carbon price, he said.In the opinion of Pascal Blanqué, CIO and deputy chief executive at Amundi Asset Management, investors could benefit from exploiting risks, such as the mispricing of emission rights.He also identified risk factors, such as volatility and low liquidity, for investing in fossil fuel companies.Blanqué suggested pension funds should increase investments in water from assets available for passive management.Pederson underlined the importance of a consistent EU policy for investments in infrastructure programmes.Earlier during the conference, John Bruton, the former prime minister of Ireland, stressed that pensions funds had an obligation to mitigate the effects of climate change.
There is plenty of space. The dining room. “It’s a dream house,” Mr Quaill, a retired businessman, said. “I don’t think I would change too much if I was building another house.” The couple had previously built houses on Sanctuary Cove and decided to build one final house on the Gold Coast.“Once we got the land we went and spoke with (architect) Bayden Goddard,” Mr Quaill said. “After building three houses you start to know exactly what you want in a house. “We wanted the house to be timeless and we didn’t want the architecture to date. We obviously also wanted to take advantage of the north-facing block.” The construction, undertaken by Thomas Hughes Construction, took 18 months and was completed in 2008. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoViews of Surfers Paradise. It’s a sight to behold at night.“We wanted a really big walk-in wardrobe so it’s actually the size of a small bedroom,” Mr Quaill said.A wine cellar and gym are located on the basement floor. Other features include a commercial lift, CBUS home automation system and 12m pontoon. There is also a hi-tech laundry with two Miele dryers and an Asko drying cabinet. Mr Quaill said the pair were selling so they could downsize. ON THE MARKET 87 Admiralty Drive, Paradise WatersAgent: Eddie Wardale and Michael Kollosche, Kollosche Prestige AgentsArea: 904sq mPrice: $10.5 millionInspections: By appointment Welcome to the epitome of luxury living. The sprawling 1,172sq m tri-level house features 9ft ceilings and plenty of space — achieved by the use of post tension floors to eliminate pillars and maximise the living areas. The residence features a contemporary facade, stylish finishes and an array of indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. As soon as you step inside the soaring ceilings create a sense of space and your eyes are drawn to the magnificent water vista. This middle level features all of the living areas including the kitchen with Gaggenau appliances and butler’s pantry, dining area, media room, formal lounge and informal living room, each with gas fireplaces, and an ensuited guest bedroom. Floor to ceiling bifolds create a seamless indoor-outdoor flow to the poolside terrace while retractable privacy screens offer a sense of seclusion when required. Enjoy a dip in the pool.The tiled infinity-edge pool wraps around the formal lounge overlooking landscaped gardens and the waterfront.“The pool comes up to the house on one side so when you’re in the lounge you can be looking straight onto the pool,” the 78-year-old said. Four ensuited bedrooms including the lavish master bedroom are on the top level.The main bedroom includes a dressing room, jacuzzi ensuite and dual shower as well as a large balcony overlooking the Surfers Paradise skyline. WHY WON’T THIS PROPERTY SELL? VETERAN MP SELLS GOLD COAST HOME 87 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters is on the market at $10.5 million.WHEN Barry and Pamela Quaill bought a waterfront property on exclusive Paradise Waters they knew they wanted to create something special. Fast forward 15 years and their home is the epitome of luxury living.
The Gold Coast property market is bucking the trend, again, thanks to off-the-plan apartment sales.Off-the-plan apartment sales on the Gold Coast are soaring to new heights despite other markets across the country continuing to fall flat. New apartment sales in the first three months of this year have jumped 45 per cent from last quarter, according to property consultant company Urbis’ latest figures. The Quarterly Apartment Essentials report, released today, found new apartment activity in the first quarter of 2019 was up by more than 70 sales from the December 2018 quarter. email@example.com The southern beaches precinct, which stretched from Mermaid Beach down to Tweed Heads, has experienced a boom and was home to more than 60 per cent of sales for the quarter — the highest level recorded for the area in the past five years. In the first quarter last year the stretch only accounted for 25 per cent of sales. It was also home to all of the four new projects launched across the Gold Coast.Knight Frank director and Queensland head of project marketing Chris Litfin, who is marketing a number of new apartment developments on the Gold Coast, said the majority of sales were being recorded at the southern end because that was where the stock was.He said many developers bought land between Mermaid Beach and Tweed Heads because it offered better value compared to other blocks closer to existing infrastructure.“They can provide a product near the beach at a low price point,” he said.The majority of those developments were considered boutique, which Mr Litfin said included between 60 and 120 apartments.“There’s very few big developments down there,” he said.“The whole market has gone that way anyway — people want boutique.“It’s downsizers, it’s people relocating from houses but they’re coming from all over the place.”— with Jessica Brown Ms Campbell said the Gold Coast was home to five of the top 10 best-selling projects nationwide. “The developers are doing a lot of homework and making sure what they take to the market is what the market is looking for,” she said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It has definitely been a good start to the year and now the election is over things will settle and I think the next quarter will see a good result as well.”The report also found interstate investors held back in the new year, claiming 25 per cent of sales, down from 42 per cent in the final quarter of 2018. Foreign investors claimed almost a quarter and buyers in the box seat proved to be owner- occupiers who accounted for 43 per cent of sales. 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Two-bedroom, two-bathroom pads also proved to be popular, making up 65 per cent of sales.There are 2800 apartments under construction on the Glitter Strip, of which 62 per cent are earmarked for completion this year. MORE NEWS: Ever considered living in a yurt? MORE NEWS: Rugby league legend lines up for shot at selling Coast home
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness that could sometimes be fatal. Its carriers are day-biting mosquitoes (Aedes albpictus and Aedes aegypti) that live and breed and clean, stagnant water. * wear long sleeves or clothes that will protect the skin from mosquito bites * use mosquito nets when sleeping at daytime Search and destroy * use mosquito repellants to avoid mosquito bite * clean and replace the water in flower vases once a week * cover the holes around the house with soil or sand * say “yes” to fogging only during outbreaks Last year from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, the city recorded 3,329 dengue cases with 16 deaths, and an attack rate of 701 per 100,000 population. He also urged the media to help spread information on dengue. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80 percent) recover from the disease without needing special treatment, according to the World Health Organization. For severe dengue, the warning signs to look out for are: severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums, blood in vomit, fatigue, and restlessness. The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) declared a state of calamity due to dengue in July 2019. According to the World Health Organization, individuals should suspect dengue when a high fever (40 degrees centigrade) is accompanied by two of the following symptoms: severe headache, pain behind the eyes, nausea / vomiting, swollen glands, muscle and joint pains, and rash. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. * seek early consultation * flip-over empty bottles, jars, tin cans and other items that can collect and hold water Anytime soon, said Treñas, the city government would be distributing to barangays flyers on dengue prevention. * cover drums, pails, and other waste containers at all times * search and destroy These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth./PN At the height of the dengue problem last year, the city government promoted the 4S strategy. These were the following: Say ‘yes’ to fogging * clean and remove water on dish racks and other household items that can hold water ILOILO City – It would be doubly difficult for the city government two fight two viruses at the same time, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. Thus while currently busy fending off the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), he has started moving to ward off a potential surge in dengue cases. * remove or pierce old tires that are being used as roof support, also those tires placed around the house that might hold water Treñas recently tasked the City Health Office (CHO) to make sure the city’s 180 barangays are clean, that is, with no chance to harbor mosquitoes. This resulted to hospitals bursting at the seams with patients. There was a shortage in hospital rooms, beds, doctors, and nurses. The demand for blood (for blood transfusion to patients with severe dengue) also spiked. Meanwhile, as of May 8, Iloilo City has 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19, data from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 showed. Also, four have recovered while one died. Of the 15, two are confined in hospitals while eight are under quarantine (either at home or at the city’s quarantine facility). * seek and consult with the nearest health facility if you already have fever for two days People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. “We saw how difficult the situation was last year. Now that we are facing COVID-19, having dengue pa gid would be very difficult kay limitado ang aton hospitals,” said Treñas. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. * fogging should be done when there is an impending and/or during outbreaks Treñas wanted Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams mobilized for a house-to-house campaign on anti-dengue measures. Seek early consultation Self-protection Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. * self-protection
St. Louis third graders share their thoughts on the 2014 Midterm Elections.BATESVILLE, Ind. – You must be at least 18 years of age to cast a ballot during the general election today.But, how different would American politics be if kids were allowed to vote?We caught up with some third-graders from St. Louis School on Monday and it appears candidates would certainly have their hands full on the campaign trail.“I think kids should be replaced with grownups, for a lot of reasons,” Evan said. “Kids should be able to vote, that should be a law!”“Yeah, if your older than [1-year-old] you should be able to vote,” another student chimed in. Kate and Megan disagreed asking the boys how a 2-year-old could manage to cast an educated vote.“If you are 2 then you can just ask Mom which is [the better candidate] or just look it up on the internet to see who is better,” Evan answered.Washington D.C. is paying close attention to the race in Kentucky between Senator Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Grimes.Even though we can’t vote for either candidate in Indiana, the St. Louis students are all eyes on the Senate race.“So, I am out in the kitchen snacking on my Halloween candy, and my mom turns on Ellen, man that show,” Evan shivered. “And then, this comes on and it’s Mitch McConnell and that, and then, it’s like Alison Grimes, and she makes me feel better.”“Well someone said Alison Grimes wants our money but doesn’t pay her money,” one of the girls quickly responded.Evan defended, “Well that’s not true!”A debate ensued amongst the third graders about who should win the Kentucky Senate seat. One student even shared a disturbing revelation that one of the two candidates “gives him nightmares.”The students later transitioned the hotly contested debate to thoughts on political advertising including all those signs they see along the roadside when they ride in mom and dads car.Josh said, “Mine would say something like, ‘Don’t vote for anyone but me or I will raise your taxes, big time!’”“How are you going to raise their taxes,” the students chorused.Josh replied, “There’s something called using the force. I’ve used the force before. Remember on hat day, I used the force right?”“You just pushed a button,” hollered Megan.“Nu huh,” Josh said back.One thing all six students unanimously agreed on is that kids should be allowed to vote.
According to an article in the Indianapolis Star written by Greg Doyel, Andrew Luck spent several weeks in the Netherlands supposedly rehabbing his injured shoulder. Doyel seemed to question just what was going on in this so-called rehab. It is hard to believe that the Netherlands would offer better rehabilitation than what he could get here in the United States.None of us know for sure just what that rehab involved, but a lot of questions pop into your mind. Are the rules in the Netherlands on what is accepted more lenient than ours? Were there some injections involved like those rumored in other athletes? Is there more to the injury than what the Colts have released to the public?All of these thoughts, of course, are speculations. Luck might just have grown weary of what was happening in Indy and was hoping that another type of therapy would put him back on the playing field. Time will tell whether it was successful or not. Sometimes we may all get too cynical.