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Re: “Oh, the Humanities: UVM Budget Model Spurs a Fight for Survival

All of the politicians huffing and puffing about how we need 'fewer philosophers and more engineers' fail to understand the value of liberal arts (or perhaps are so ingrained in their ways that 'liberal' triggers a frothing rage regardless of context).

It used to be that you went to college to round out your education. It isn't supposed to be a rush to get a job-getting degree. We'll have a very sobering issue if we find the next generation bereft of creativity and nuance. Chasing after business degrees and engineering degrees may have the glory of potential big dollar earnings, but what good is it if we have no artists and writers? Who fills the ethics boards of hospitals? Who becomes our next politicians?

I understand that everyone's chasing money here, but it's a sign that something is deeply wrong with our college system that they're chasing money hard enough to cut off their own feet in order to keep limping forward.

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Posted by Matt Smela on 05/19/2018 at 10:54 AM

Re: “In Memo, Vermont Ed Secretary Discourages Student Walkouts

If the students want to do a walkout protest, they will. I don't think that the people in charge saying "don't do it" is going to stop them--when has that ever stopped kids?

But it also undercuts the overall message. Support for free speech, but only in designated "safe" methods? This line in particular bugs me:

"However, this also means teaching them to do so in ways that are not disruptive to the rights of others and in ways that model the skills of democracy."

Historically, students have walked out and protested all around the world. How would you have them protest? On the weekends? After school? How is a school-wide assembly going to let students express themselves? The whole point of walking out is to get a COMMUNITY to notice.

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Posted by Matt Smela on 02/28/2018 at 8:07 PM

Re: “A Tough Night for Sanders as Clinton Expands Her Lead

Stacy, while I appreciate the idea that he "went negative" by telling the truth about Hillary's policy decisions, you have to be realistic yourself:

Hillary's out of Southern states.

In the South, she wins by huge margins. Everywhere else, she either ties, wins by less than 2 points, or loses by 20 points to Bernie.

So unless she suddenly gets super popular out of the Deep South, it's unlikely that she's got this all wrapped up.

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Posted by Matt Smela on 03/16/2016 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Why Is Food Sitting Outside Sabai Sabai?

I think that's a pleasant and lovely tradition to have!

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Posted by Matt Smela on 03/07/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Shumlin to Campaign for Clinton in Iowa

It still boggles the mind that Shumlin would endorse and support Hillary over Sanders.

Also, NYCWoman: what's the point of using hashtags in this comment section? I get that the DNC super wants to push Hillary as the only option allowed to Democrats, but if she does get in the rest of the country is going to loudly say "no". The Republicans can't stand her, and moderates find her irritating. I'm registered as a Democrat, but I find her flip-flopping and sleazy, underhanded tactics to be appalling. So far her mantra has been that she's a woman, so I should vote for her. Big friggin' whoop.

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Posted by Matt Smela on 01/14/2016 at 9:02 AM

Re: “GOP Officials Call for Federal Investigation of Jane Sanders

Donna, I don't believe for a second that this is the GOP being deeply concerned and wanting to get to the truth.

I remember hearing about this news last year, before Bernie was running. The GOP was dead silent. Then it was settled, and again, the GOP was silent.

Well suddenly it's the start of 2016 and Bernie's doing good in the primary polls. Real good. Threateningly good, too, as he can apparently beat out all of the GOP candidates in polls. NOW the GOP suddenly pounces and demands a federal investigation, when the timing could not be more right for the media to report on it and wield it to discredit Bernie.

Here's the problem: he's running against Hillary, who has a serious elephant in the room by way of her husband. The media ain't about to report on Bernie's wife, because then it's open season time on Bill.

And, for another addition: GOP and Democrats, or Republicans and Democrats. Not "liberals". If you're going to call them liberals, call the other side conservatives. I get that each party has tried to make it seem like they are squeaky clean and flawless while the other side is corrupt, but be honest with yourself: both parties are quagmires of corruption. Time to take the blinders off and critically analyze why the GOP dragged their feet this long to suddenly care about Jane Sanders.

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Posted by Matt Smela on 01/13/2016 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Ire at DNC Runs Deep in Sanders Campaign

At the time, we're meant to trust the DNC's word that the Clinton campaign did not do the same. However, Bernie's campaign cited two prior security breaches that they reported to the DNC--and apparently the DNC did nothing to fix this security breach issue. The second that Bernie's staffers stepped out of line, the DNC immediately revoked their access to their own data and Clinton pounced on it as a target. The head of the DNC strongly supports Clinton, too.

It'd be shocking if this was all mere coincidence.

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Posted by Matt Smela on 12/21/2015 at 10:35 AM

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