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Major change due to higher education

Original post made by Tim Hunt, Castlewood, on Jan 17, 2013

With the costs of higher education soaring faster than health insurance costs, look for disruptive changes across the higher education establishment.

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Posted by Tennessee Jed
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jan 17, 2013 at 9:03 am

I saw that debate on Hannity's show. I completely disagree that he "held his own", in fact, what we saw was an extension of Pete "potty-mouth" Stark. Believe me, he got his clock cleaned!

I was hopeful that we would get a more moderate rep. in his election. But alas, there is no hope. Only more of the same idiotic drivel from liberal California pols.


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Posted by Louisiana Curly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

I saw the "debate" too, and it wasn't a contest. Tim's point about so-called assault guns is right on. AK-47s are not assault guns but mostly defense guns. You show me your gun, I show you a bigger one. Let's do away with these onerous gun laws that forbid me from exercising my constitutional right to buy hand grenades in bulk.

What ol' Tim forgets to mention in his deep-thought piece is that the real trend toward online classes is found in the for-profit universities, which have lowered academic standards, raised tuition, and have made a killing on in-house student loans. I'm surprised Tim didn't hear that while out on the golf course. At any rate, the important thing for my kids is that books are not required in these classes. One of the more onorous things in higher education, besides having entitlement and affirmative action types getting tuition breaks, is required books. Who needs them?


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Posted by Louisiana Curly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2013 at 11:11 am

I saw the "debate" too, and it wasn't a contest. Tim's point about so-called assault guns is right on. AK-47s are not assault guns but mostly defense guns. You show me your gun, I show you a bigger one. Let's do away with these onerous gun laws that forbid me from exercising my constitutional right to buy hand grenades in bulk.

What ol' Tim forgets to mention in his deep-thought piece is that the real trend toward online classes is found in the for-profit universities, which have lowered academic standards, raised tuition, and have made a killing on in-house student loans. I'm surprised Tim didn't hear that while out on the golf course. At any rate, the important thing for my kids is that books are not required in these classes. One of the more onorous things in higher education, besides having entitlement and affirmative action types getting tuition breaks, is required books. Who needs them?


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jan 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Not trying to be a cynic relating to on-line education and how California is 'piloting' a program, we have experts in the field locally, etc, but why is there so much 'happy chatter' about this topic? Open University in the UK has been in existence since 1969 and has provided effective, quality distance learning to huge numbers of people. Again, cynically, a fatal case of 'not invented here'- these options should have existed on a wide scale basis years ago and would have saved a lot of people time and money.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jan 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm

And to add further cynicism -not too surprising that all of the previous posts went straight to the gun issue (what, it was 20% of the article?) and who 'won' the debate. It isn't about winning, it's about people. I'm sure the thousands of families affected by gun death yearly are keeping tabs on who 'won' - the correct answer is no-one... 3 words on who 'won' -Sandy Hook Elementary


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Posted by Student
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 17, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Online classes are so easy to cheat they should not be eligible for college credit.


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Posted by franco
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jan 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm

franco is a registered user.

This comment is incredible:

"I saw the "debate" too, and it wasn't a contest. Tim's point about so-called assault guns is right on. AK-47s are not assault guns but mostly defense guns."

Both Tim and this author are out of their minds. An AK-47 is unquestionably the premier assault weapon. A quote from wikipedia:

"The original AK-47 was one of the first true "assault rifles" to be manufactured, after the original Sturmgewehr 44.[8][9] Even after six decades the model and its variants remain the most widely used and popular assault rifles in the world because of their durability, low production cost, and ease of use."

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Another reference describing what is considered to be assault weapons:

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The mis-information presented by Tim Hunt's reference to "so-called assault weapons" together with the poster who writes that they are defense weapons is no less than astounding!

You have to be brain dead not to notice what that Taliban or Iraqi insurgent is shooting with in the many videos seen on the TV news as well as many Youtube videos. Jeesh!


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Posted by Louisiana Curly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Guns don't kill people, people do. Back in Louisianne we'd hunt wild hogs with AK-47s, and defend our property against the entitlement folks who got roust around a little bit by the big hurricane. AK-47s are hunting tools in the hands of good patriotic citizens, and defensive weapons when the entitlement hordes want to cross your property.

Franco sounds like he's been brainwashed by the Obama regime and the liberal media that he's got in his pocket.


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Posted by franco
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jan 17, 2013 at 10:35 pm

franco is a registered user.

Poster is a name-calling with his use of "brainwashing" and "liberal media". Not much of a counter argument.

What amazes me is Hunt's throwing into his last paragraph of his article comments that drags in the gun controversy into an article that purports to report on major changes in higher education. This from a guy who supposedly had a career in journalism. What was the point?


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Posted by Louisiana Curly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I admit this Hunt feller isn't the brightest bulb on the tree. He seems to spend most of his time at the 19th hole where he mails in his opinions which aren't any better then most of the posters here.

But I take offense to Franco. Cuz I have an argument. AK-47s are what is in the eye of the beholder. My kin back in Louisianne use em to kill wild hogs. They's huntin rifles, though I admit things can get a little messy. And then they's defensive when your protecting yer kin against the "livin' dead" who wandered across our property after Katrina. When King Obama tries to take em away, he's takin away a way of life for the most of us. AK-47s are as American as the flag, apple pie, and the death penalty.


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Posted by franco
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jan 17, 2013 at 11:18 pm

franco is a registered user.

Mr. Hunt, when you start out reporting on a topic like higher education and then mix in opinions about current controversies such as gun control you attact posters like the present who make preposterous claims like AK-47s are defensive weapons against wild hogs in Louisiana!!!! Of course, the posters are the usual suspects who post under numerous pseudonyms (Steve?) and make mockery of your legitimate posts and try to bait people like myself into debate with them. You would do well to stick to topic.

Good night.


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Posted by Ben Johansen
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

It's crazy how people actually comment on something they truly do not understand. Let's deal with the term assault rifle. The definition from our Department of Defense: “assault rifles” are “short, compact, selective-fire weapons that fire a cartridge intermediate in power between submachine gun and rifle cartridges.” (as taken from the United States Defense Department’s Defense Intelligence Agency book Small Arms Identification and Operation Guide). Next, Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “assault rifle” as “any of various automatic or semiautomatic rifles with large capacity magazines designed for military use.” The keywords here are “designed for military use.” So, an assault rifle is a 'battlefield' rifle that can fire automatically. And since any weapon that can fire fully automatic is heavily regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934, and requires hundreds in fees and an extensive FBI background check, virtually all supposed assault rifles purchased by civilians are of the semi-automatic type,one pull-one bullet, which look like their military counterpart, but are not capable of firing fully automatic. Thus, by these two definitions, an AK47 civilian rifle does not fit the definition of our government as an 'assault rifle'. It is the anti-gun and left who continually throw the term out there to confuse a uneducated public. You know, the more you say it, the more it becomes the truth or fact.


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Posted by Louisiana Curly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Excellent point, Ben. The semi-automatic goes pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop, unlike the nonautomatic hunting rifle that goes pop-manual discharge and reload-pop-discharge and reload-pop. And unlike the fully automatic poppoppoppoppoppop. It's a relief to know that the kids in Connecticut were shot with a semi-automatic assault weapon and not a fully automatic assault weapon.

We prefer the semi-automatic assault weapon in Louisianne because sometimes the wild hogs are in a herd and you need ta shoot fast and furious. Keep up the good work, Ben.


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