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The Gem Theater
If you don’t want to hear me rant and rave, you might want to not keep reading. I have had enough of listening to and reading about ILLEGALS in this country wanting equal rights to all of our services and schools. Does the government not understand the term illegal at all??? I read this in the Observer online this morning and have to wonder…where did they get the money to go to Washington in the first place with so many AMERICAN citizens out of work (thank you, George Bush!) and where will they get the money to pay the tuition???? No other country in the world allows such a thing! Here we are falling apart at the seams in this country and they want us to roll over and ignore the fact that they are in this country illegally. They use our health care system without paying for it, they attend our schools without paying taxes towards them, they take jobs away from Americans because they work cheaper…now this?? I will be writing Senators and Congressmen/women as well as the President about this. I have had enough.
Here’s part of the article if you’d like to read it, and a link to the rest of it:
Students to lawmakers: Let us pay in-state tuition
By Franco Ordoñez
Posted: Friday, Mar. 06, 2009
Paulina, an honor student at her Charlotte high school, went with other students to Washington this week to discuss a federal bill that would allow undocumented students to attend college at in-state tuition rates.
About 20 high school students traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to support a controversial federal bill that would allow undocumented students to attend college at in-state tuition rates.
They learned how controversial the issue really is.
The students met with staff of U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, a Charlotte Republican, and Sens. Richard Burr, a Winston-Salem Republican, and Kay Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat, among others.
They received tours of the capital. They took photos. They talked.
Paulina, a 17-year-old junior at a Charlotte high school, said she wanted a chance to speak directly to the people who make the laws that impacted her, her family and her community.
“We had the opportunity to express ourselves and tell the legislators our opinions,” said Paulina, who asked that her last name not be used. “Why we need the Dream Act… We learned that not everyone loves us.”
Paulina is the type of student who would benefit from the Dream Act, advocates say. She's an honor student who takes advanced placement and college courses. She dreams of studying law at Harvard. But she said she'd be happy studying computer engineering at UNC Charlotte.
Her mom says those dreams may be out of reach.
“The reality is we don't have the money,” her mother said.
Her mother brought Paulina to the states illegally eight years ago from Mexico.
Because of her immigration status, Paulina doesn't qualify for lower tuition offered to state residents by state schools, or certain types of financial aid.
Well, I know those of you who live up north won’t find this impressive but we were pretty impressed by it all – at least I was! Snow is a novelty for me and while it’s not something I would want to contend with for months on end, the occasional snowfall is a treat.
This was Sunday night about 10pm:
This is what we woke up to on Monday morning, about 6 inches of snow:
Those are tree branches, not shrubs. The bird feeder hangs from that branch to the far left, on a 5 foot chain. It’s sitting on the ground under that branch.
Mikey and Alex are not quite sure what to make of it all:
It’s all melting now and temps are supposed to be in the mid 70s this weekend so a little yard work might be in order. Sitting outside basking in the warmth is definitely in order! Enjoy!