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From Merriam-Webster dictionary:
Definition of RETARD
: to slow up especially by preventing or hindering advance or accomplishment : impede
: to delay academic progress by failure to promote
There are actually some people in this world who understand the English language and the proper use of words. Once they have crossed the line into slang then the context with which they are used must be measured. Have I used the word retard in describing a person? Yes. Is it meant to disparage an entire segment of the population? Absolutely not. We use words to convey a message that can be easily understood. If I were to tell my wife to stop acting niggardly I can't imagine the uproar. More than likely most people would start flashing their "Racist Police" badges and not understand that it simply means cheap. Words are the images that we create in our minds and our own insecurities can lead to these images being misrepresented. I am not here to defend Ms. Coulter, but to assert the notion that everyone needs to take a breath of fresh mountain air and realize that not every single comment is directed at them or their personal situation.
I have often been refereed to myself as a "Hoss". Does this mean that I should take measures to let people know that it's not nice to call me fat? Or should I just realize in my own mind, that my particular body structure lends itself to being larger than your average Steamboat athlete? When I call my brother a "cheap ba$tard" does that make me insensitive to all people who tip under 15%?
We have reached a point in our society that everyone is a victim at all times. We need to pull ourselves out of this mentality and not show what we are incapable of, but, what we ARE capable of. Now excuse me I need to go look up diets.
No proof of insurance in a car fire! Anyone else have a cast iron ID in their glove box? So much for the presumption of innocence.
We'll celebrate our independence from Britain by attending a concert that is paying tribute to a band that started the British invasion. Irony at its finest
One aspect that has not been discussed is the fact that many of these children are not ready for full day Kindergarten. The jump from day care to Kindergarten can be daunting to a 5 year old child. Perhaps a hybrid of the 2 systems is available. 1/2 day for the first semester then as kids are transitioned into the "system" they go full day for the 2nd half of the year. This will give the school district a much smaller budget impact to fund, as well as continue to spread the cost to the user group. It continues to amaze me that when people are given options, and one of the options is not attainable for someone, then it becomes "unfair" and the sense of entitlement become prevalent in their arguments. Personal responsibility needs to have a seat at the table. If I am going to have a child, I need to be responsible by saving, sacrificing, whatever I need to do to ensure that I am able to place that child where I want to and not rely on the altruism of the public to foot the bill
Apparently we have seen the demise of Satire
From The Hockey News:
Number of European players in NHL at its lowest since 1998-99
The number of Europeans participating in NHL play is the lowest it has been in more than a decade.
According to a report released by the IIHF, Europeans account for just 23.7 percent (228 of 962 players) of the 962 players who played at least one game during the 2009-2010 season; an average of 7.6 European players per team.
Numbers have been steadily decreasing since the lockout, according to the report.
The report indicated the forming of the Kontinental League accounted for part of the decrease, as well as a lack of blue chip prospects being produced by European countries.
Sweden, the report says, has overtaken the Czech Republic as the prime producer of European players.
The number of Europeans in the NHL is now the lowest it has been since the 1998-1999 season, when the league averaged just 7.33 Europeans per team. In 2003-04, 300 European players (29.5 percent of the league) suited up in the NHL, which represents the most all-time.
End of article.
Amateur hockey in North America does not allow fighting either. The skills are being developed with equal intensity on this side of the pond as well.
Players are bigger and faster than they used to be. There is not as much room on the ice as there once was. If the mid to lower level player is allowed to make a name for himself without fear of retribution then the star players will be targeted for borderline hits. These hits will lead to injuries, leading to missed games, leading to not having your stars on the ice.
Fighting in hockey is done between combatants who have consented to squaring off. It is not a "dirty" play designed to hurt someone. It is a player challenging another player after a play has crossed the line that says "We will not let you do that to any of us" It is the support of your teammates and one of the most galvanizing occurrences in a locker room. More often than not at the end of a hockey fight you will here the combatants tell each other "Good throw"
As for the contention that there is no fighting in the European leagues, check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FylYRA...
Fighting absolutely has a place at the NHL level. Enforcers are there to ensure that star players have the ability to perform their craft. In 1986 Wayne Gretzky had Marty McSorley opening up the ice for him. McSorley-50 PIM's that year. Even if they were all 5 minute fighting penalties thats 10 fights. Take out the occasional roughing, tripping, hooking calls its probably closer to 6. 1961 Bobby Hull had Reg Fleming who opened the ice by leading the team with 27 penalty minutes. The NHL is a business first and foremost and if the stars are not able to create their plays for fear of being "run" by less skilled players with no fear of retribution, then the fans will not have a product to watch. Boogaard, Belak, Probert, are all tragic cases, and while their brains had significant trauma there were also other factors that contributed to their situations. Teams must have the ability to put fans in the seats. To put fans in the seats, you have to win games. To win games you need good players on the ice. To have good players on the ice you need fans in the seats. The vicious cycle of all professional teams. Enforcers roles diminish once they have attained a level of respect. Todays "elite" enforcer must also have the ability to produce in the 25-30 point range and accept the challenges of the up and coming young tough guy who is looking to fill that role for their team.
Hockey is unlike any other sport in that the loyalties to your teammates is a bond that cannot or never will be broken. This is a lunch pail and hard hat type of game and the players on the ice go all out for each other 82 times a season. It is a physical game, and occasionally the physicality can cross the line requiring that player to be penalized. That penalty can come from the officials, but often times the penalty can come from your opponent.
If you really wanted to clean up the dirty play, outlaw visors, and cages. There are a lot of players willing to go high on an opponent because they wont get hurt by doing it. These are the plays that lead to enforcers having to police the ice.
That being said, there is absolutely no place for fighting at the amateur level.
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My point was that we don't know what these people do besides just the title of their position. Makes it awfully hard to judge whether or not it is equitable
I love reading the debates on here and periodically like to interject with some common sense perspective. I respect everyone's differences in opinion and the stances they believe in. If they can come to the table with factual data to support their arguments and not just spew vitriol, it is a great forum. But Highwaystar, "Pilot: Maybe you'll get lucky and a plane will crash, and you'll have some real news for us." I think I just lost a little bit of respect for you.
While I am in no way condoning or admonishing the salaries individuals earn for positions they have attained, the prudent thing would be to collect job descriptions for these positions to determine if in fact there are inequities in place. While the Internet Services Director by name sounds overpaid, this may be the budget for the entire department and he/she does it all as opposed to having staff to delegate responsibilities to. Let's not get up in arms about things we don't have all of the information on.
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