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Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Satire Does It Again
May 21, 2024, 01:28:57 PM
Quote from: Brian Stoffregen on May 20, 2024, 11:05:27 AMHowever, at least in Arizona, the private and charter schools could pick the best students for their programs. Charter schools were not required to have special ed classes (nor hire qualified special ed or ESL teachers). Removing some of the brightest students from the public schools would seem to naturally reduce their ability to achieve high academic standards. I've also heard from a couple different sources that some private schools, e.g., Catholic High schools, recruit athletes for their sports programs. One of our Lutheran kids was on the Catholic High School state champion football team.

There are plenty of untruths and half-truths about charter schools in Arizona in your post above.  I suggest you read the text at the link below:
FAQs: Charter Schools | Arizona Department of Education

As for private schools, you may want to consider the text at the link below, especially the two sections titled "Special Education" and "Public Aid for Private Education".  In general, parents of children attending private schools get to pay twice - once for the public school, and once for the private school.  There are exceptions, especially for poor and disabled students.
Arizona State Regulations -- Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE)
Your Turn / Re: Israel
May 20, 2024, 08:15:57 AM
Quote from: RDPreus on May 19, 2024, 07:46:26 PM
Quote from: Dan Fienen on May 19, 2024, 07:27:17 PMIf we cut off aid to Israel because they don't live up to Just War standards, shouldn't we cut off all aid to the Palestinians because their leadership also doesn't live up to Just War standards and even humanitarian aid is used to help support the war effort and is diverted from civilians to the Hamas war effort and to support the Hamas fighters. That way our hands are clean, and we can wash our hands of the bloodshed. What happens in the Middle East then would be of no interest or concern of ours.

I don't want to cut off all aid to Israel because they don't live up to Just War standards.  I want to cut off all aid to everyone.  If individual citizens want to give their own money to whatever cause suits them, that's their business.  The government of the United States should not be in the business of funding wars all over the world.  We owe trillions of dollars and keep on spending money we don't have.  Bring our soldiers home to America.  Send them to the southern border to stop the invasion of illegal immigrants.  We should not be the policemen of the world.  Consider the wisdom of President Eisenhower and what he said said about the military industrial complex. 

I'm continually reminded of the wisdom of the founding fathers.

Quote from: Thomas Jefferson"peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations—entangling alliances with none."
Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Satire Does It Again
May 19, 2024, 03:01:40 PM
Quote from: John Mundinger on May 19, 2024, 07:01:39 AMI am not a Marxist, nor do I espouse Marxist ideals.

Quote from: John Mundinger on May 19, 2024, 02:37:53 PMIf free enterprise functioned well to raise the standard of living for all of my neighbors, it would function on the premise that everyone would receive compensation commensurate with the value added of their labor - no more and no less.

That is the "Labor Theory of Value".  LTV is central to Marxist theory, which holds that capitalism exploits the value of worker's labor.
Quote from: Brian Stoffregen on April 17, 2024, 11:50:21 PMYou might want to talk to someone confined to a wheelchair about the some of the lack of rights they experience - and even more so, the attitude many people have towards them. I've heard them say that the mental and attitudinal barriers are worse than the physical barriers. While, perhaps, not really "civil rights" nor overt "discrimination," there are looks. There are folks who talk to the caregiver - assuming the one in the chair is also mentally challenged.

Hmmm...  I use a wheelchair or a mobility scooter.  I can crutch along for very short distances.  When in my wheelchair, I have never noticed any of what you describe.

Quote from: Brian Stoffregen on April 17, 2024, 11:50:21 PMAlthough, I recently read about folks illegally parking in handicapped spots - or taking up the extra space that is needed to lower a ramp so that the person in the chair can get out of the van. (I was with a paraplegic who ran into that problem. He can't park in a normal spot and get out of his van.) At least in Wyoming, and I suspect in many other states, there are no laws or penalties against parking in a handicapped marked spot that's on private property, e.g., at a church or even a mall parking lot.

You might want to check on this again.  Disabled parking laws are enforced in parking lots.  This is pretty uniform across all states.

Below is Wyoming (since you mentioned it).

Quote from: Signs reserving parking spaces for the handicapped in public places under the jurisdiction of the government agencies described in subsection (a) of this section or placed on private property by the real property owner pursuant to W.S. 31-5-111 shall be constructed of durable material, contain the international symbol of accessibility, be no less than twelve inches (12") by eighteen inches (18") in size and be placed above ground level so as to be visible at all times and not be obscured by a vehicle parked in that space. Parking spaces for the handicapped shall be located on the shortest possible accessible circulation route to an accessible entrance of the building. In public parking lots of ten (10) or more parking spaces, at least two percent (2%) of the total number of available parking spaces but not less than one (1) space shall be reserved for the handicapped. Handicapped parking spaces shall allow easy entrance and exit for wheelchairs, to include signage and any cross-hatched handicapped vehicle access markings that may be adjacent to the handicapped parking space, and be located on a level surface.

(c) The signs specified under this section and W.S. 31-5-111(b) shall be official signs and it is unlawful for any person to willfully park a vehicle in violation of the restrictions, regulations or prohibitions stated on the signs. This subsection shall not prohibit use of handicapped parking spaces provided under subsection (b) of this section by a person issued a distinctive handicapped license plate or transferable identification card by another state and displaying the plate or card on a vehicle used by this person.

Below is Washington State (since you currently reside there).

Quote from: Inaccessible access. It is a parking infraction, with a monetary penalty of two hundred fifty dollars, for a person to stop, stand, or park in, block, or otherwise make inaccessible the access aisle located next to a space reserved for persons with physical disabilities. In addition to any penalty or fine imposed under this subsection, two hundred dollars must be assessed. The clerk of the court shall report all violations related to this subsection to the department.

(4) Parking without placard/plate. It is a parking infraction, with a monetary penalty of two hundred fifty dollars, for any person to park a vehicle in a parking place provided on private property without charge or on public property reserved for persons with physical disabilities without a placard or special license plate issued under this chapter. In addition to any penalty or fine imposed under this subsection, two hundred dollars must be assessed. If a person is charged with a violation, the person will not be determined to have committed an infraction if the person establishes that the person operating the vehicle or being transported at the time of the infraction had a valid placard, special license plate, or special year tab issued under this chapter as required under this chapter. Such person must sign a statement under penalty of perjury that the placard, special license plate, or special year tab produced prior to the court appearance was valid at the time of infraction and issued under this chapter as required under this chapter."
Quote from: Dan Fienen on April 06, 2024, 12:21:49 PMI would not use KJV for public worship or group Bible study even if I preferred it for personal use since for most people the KJV language is a barrier. But for personal use, which is what this thread is about, if you like it, go for it. De gustibus non est disputandum. Those who don't like it can use another for their personal use.

I remember when the daughter of a friend was going to read in church for the first time.  I think she was 13.  She went to the trouble of looking up different versions of the verses she was to read.  Her choice?  KJV.  She said they all said the same thing, but KJV said it the best.
Your Turn / Re: This Time of the Year
March 22, 2024, 01:35:22 PM
Four inches of snow this morning here.  Winter is hanging on!
I usually celebrate the Finnish St. Urho, whose feats are described in the 51st runot of the Kalevala.  However, since both Urho and Patrick are celebrated in much the same way, I don't complain about those who prefer to celebrate Patrick.
Your Turn / Re: Forum Issues
March 15, 2024, 06:49:00 PM
Hmmm...  Works normally for me.
Your Turn / Re: Forum Identity
March 15, 2024, 06:47:42 PM
Quote from: Charles Austin on March 15, 2024, 05:11:40 PMAnd if the discussion gets tense, as it sometimes does, why should a poster to be allowed to hide behind anonymity? One anonymous poster here regularly says that this humble correspondent is in need of "saving." shouldn't I know exactly who it is who believes I am going to Hell?

Either I've totally missed the poster you mention, or I read their posts differently than you.  A quote would be greatly illuminating.
Your Turn / Re: Who Does More Blocking?
February 29, 2024, 07:46:46 PM
I self-identify as a libertarian.  I have only blocked one person and that is because I want him to communicate with me publicly.  If I knew of a way to block his private messages, I would do so and then unblock him.  (Even though he is blocked, I read his posts.)

I guess I'm just a triangular peg.
Your Turn / Re: Christian Nationalism and the ELCA
February 24, 2024, 05:15:59 PM
Quote from: Charles Austin on February 24, 2024, 05:01:55 AMEvery word you post here, "Fletch," is meaningless to me and probably to others; and in my opinion your words are cowardly and in violation of the rules of this forum. This is because we do not know who you are. You could be a troll in a former Soviet republic.
Please do not pray for me as I cannot be sure to whom you are praying.

I often find Fletch's words more interesting than yours.  Even better, they don't come with the same dose of sourness that yours seem to have of late.  Has life gone downhill for you?  I pray for you Charles.
Your Turn / Re: A Frivolous Thread: Football (v. 2.0)
February 12, 2024, 07:38:48 PM
Quote from: J. Thomas Shelley on February 12, 2024, 11:53:01 AM
Quote from: Jeremy_Loesch on February 12, 2024, 11:13:26 AMSomeday she won't be.  Someone else will take her place.  But right now she is the greatest wonder on earth. 

Who still speaks of Jenny Lind?

Ashes and dust.

Who even knows who Jenny Lind (the Swedish Songbird [more commonly the Swedish Nightingale]) was?  I did, but I doubt many do.
Your Turn / Re: Society of Orthodox Lutheran Advocates
December 02, 2023, 11:10:31 AM
Quote from: DCharlton on November 30, 2023, 07:24:42 PMI am not comfortable with the use of Reconquista.  It may have positive connotations for some, but for others it does not.  Put simply, it has the same connotations as the word Crusader. 

It also describes a movement that advocates that the southwestern portion of the US should be returned to Mexico, either socially or politically.  (This is the meaning I thought of first.)  Given the mixed messaging wrapped around the word "Reconquista", it may not have been the best choice.
Your Turn / Re: "Blue" Christmas Service resources?
December 02, 2023, 11:02:21 AM
Quote from: Charles Austin on November 22, 2019, 09:32:20 AMPastor Fienen writes:
The intent of the service was to assist the families who often were suffering renewed grief at the first Christmas without their loved one.

I comment:
....and to build "loyalty" to that funeral home, get leads on prospective future customers and (at least partially) overstep their proper role and tread upon the territory of spiritual leaders in their town.

Why are you so negative?

I have attended such a service.  No one recorded my name (or that of anyone else), so I doubt they got many leads.  I also feel no loyalty to that funeral home.  Since the service was led by local pastors, how did this "tread upon the territory of spiritual leaders"?
Your Turn / Re: What’s Next
November 22, 2023, 06:53:58 PM
Quote from: David Garner on November 22, 2023, 10:52:10 AMThat's not to say pastors cannot overstep.  You have to know which hills to die on. If your parish is insistent on every other week communion and you think it should be every week, you teach, and then when the parish is ready, you won't have to change.  The parish will demand it.  As an example of how this works, though in this case in the other direction, a former pastor once asked the entire parish "would you rather continue with two divine services every Sunday or would you prefer to have Matins and then the divine service?"  The parish said they liked the two services.  I didn't get the feeling that's what the pastor preferred, but he didn't push the issue any further.  Like most, that parish had the "early service" folks and the "late service" folks.  And they liked things the way they were.

I never realized just how important the time of service was to people.  A congregation had an early service (8:00 am) and a late service (10:30 am) with Sunday School between them until Pastor decided that the early service didn't have enough attendees to be worth holding.  He convinced the congregation council of this, and they agreed to hold one service at 9:00 am, which was seen as kind of an average of the previous schedule.  That was when the Sunday School normally met, so Sunday School was moved to follow the service.

Church attendance dropped dramatically.  Early service folks objected to having the service that late, while late service folks objected to having the service that early.  Sunday School attendance dropped even more - pretty soon there wasn't one.  About a year later attendance was less than half what it had been.

I am still amazed that what to me seemed like a minor change made such a huge difference.  There's a lesson here.  Be very, very careful in making changes.  Be sure to get buy-in from more than just a small group.  Be sure you understand what people think of your proposed changes before making them.

I did have an inkling that this move was dangerous and got the council to take a survey asking three questions:
  • Which service do you currently attend?
  • What is the earliest you will attend a worship service?
  • What is the latest you will attend a worship service?

I never did find out what the results were.  I did hear that the 9:00 service was an average result.
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