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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 02:07 PM
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Which racists opened schools for a make up snow day in South Carolina
Damn these fuggers have no shame.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/15/us/15mlk.html?src=twrhp
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In South Carolina, the 17,400 students in the Rock Hill School District, 20 miles south of Charlotte, N.C., will be in school on Monday. Making up for snow days will also put them in school on Presidents Day and Memorial Day.

Theres no intention on our part to dishonor Martin Luther King in any way, said a district spokeswoman, Elaine Baker. She said that even black families had contacted the district to support the move and that Dr. King would not have had a problem with students learning on his holiday.

That is not good enough for State Representative John R. King, whose district includes Rock Hill.

The amount of snow has nothing to do with it; this is a state holiday, he said. I think its blatant. I think its disrespectful. As the only African-American legislator in my area, its a slap in my face and in the faces of people who look like me.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 02:12 PM
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1. President's Day is also a state holiday, and school will be held then, too. n/t
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 02:36 PM
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2. ot racist in the least. It is common for districts to make up lost days on holidays
The alternative is a longer school year which few support.
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TheMightyFavog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 02:38 PM
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3. I had scool on martin Luther King Day...
We just took the day to have special classes and watched movies about Dr. King's life and work.
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 02:49 PM
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5. How'd you do on spelling?
;-)
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TheMightyFavog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:57 PM
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10. Still not used to my laptop keyboard after almost a year.
:grr:
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 02:41 PM
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4. My kids are in school today. And I'd rather have them make up snow days during the year when
possible than tacking them on at the end.
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ileus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 02:55 PM
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6. here in Va we don't get off for Lee or MLK day.
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:41 PM
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9. Fairfax County Schools (in Northern VA) were closed today for MLK Day. n/t
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 04:43 PM
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13. They could have a make up day on Saturday
Still I get the overall point
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a kennedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:01 PM
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7. and Wisconsin there's this:State senator says public employees should work on MLK Day
At least one state office in Wisconsin is open Monday despite the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
Staffers are working in the office of state Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, who says giving public employees the day off "is an insult to all the other taxpayers around the state" who may want to get in touch with government offices.
Grothman told Wisconsin Radio Network it's not racist to keep his office open on a holiday dedicated to the slain civil rights leader.
"Let's be honest, giving government employees off has nothing to do with honoring Martin Luther King Day and it's just about giving state employees another day off," he said.
Grothman told the State Journal that he doubts state workers will be "checking out DVDs or reading books" about King, and are probably just out shopping or watching television instead.
"I'd be shocked if you can find anybody doing service," he added.
The federal holiday marking Kings birthday was first observed in 1986, making this year its 25th anniversary. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service.
When asked if he had any plans to honor King on Monday, Grothman answered that he's "got kind-of a busy schedule." His schedule includes meetings throughout the morning and afternoon, he said, and a television interview Monday night.

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/blog/article_0ae9979a-2267-11e0-8190-001cc4c03286.html
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NuclearDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:04 PM
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8. I fail to see racial or political motivations behind this...
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Mudoria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 04:26 PM
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11. Happening here as well
and I fail to see anything racist about it as they are using other holidays to make up for the snow days too. Rather they make them on holidays than extend the school year.
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WillowTree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 04:38 PM
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12. Nonsense like this dilutes genuine claims of racism.
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Nye Bevan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 05:02 PM
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14. Our school district took away Columbus Day as a holiday
Does that mean that they hate Italians? Is it a "slap in the face" for Italian-American legislators?
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onethatcares Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 05:06 PM
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16. I think the Native Americans would have something to say about that.
just sayin.
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 05:06 PM
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15. Much ado about nothing, other than a few folks looking for reasons
to be outraged.
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