Adults are comfortable with the word consent. It’s solid, clear; no offensive associations: Not “implied consent” or “coerced consent” (both terms suggest contradiction) but only consent itself. A person either consents or doesn’t. The word does not lend itself to fudging, especially when the larger subject is sex.
What a disappointment to see Fargo Public Schools administrators and board settling on tired ideas for balancing school populations. In maps of proposed attendance areas, they uncreatively move a line south – as if 30 years of rejecting that idea had not occurred. Even odder, the plan comes at a time when the buzzword for city officials is “infill.” The two ideas are incompatible.
On a recent trip to the South American countries of Peru and Ecuador, nothing was more impressive to my husband and me than the unwavering commitment of both nations to places of natural beauty, scientific significance and historical importance.
The subject of mill levies doesn’t make for dazzling dialogue. Unless we see mill levy authority as being abused or as unreasonable, it’s ho-hum stuff likely to make our eyes glaze over. Still, it’s important, so let’s do our best to talk about it.
Ah, Valentine’s Day: What’s not to love about hearts, flowers and chocolate? What’s not to love about love, or, for that matter, about love and marriage, which, let’s be honest, do not “go together like a horse and carriage”?
No surprise that the Republicans chose a female legislator, House member Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, to deliver the official rebuttal to President Obama’s “State of the Union” speech. The need to appear female-friendly is front and center among Republican priorities this election year – especially after one of their religious media favorites refocused America on the party’s attitude toward women in a most unfortunate way.
The movie industry long has been criticized for gender imbalance: writers, directors, producers and even actors are predominantly male. Perhaps it shouldn’t surprise us that the same problem exists in the literary community. But it does.
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