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I retired from the metropolises of CA. to a small town in MI for the very reasons you post. I wish sincerely that you are right and I am wrong.
As of September 30, 2014, the United States has a total resident population of 318,827,000 and most of those folks don't live in the top 50 populated cities of America. I lived in Orange County for awhile. Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point
dashing---I know the area well, Orange County Deputy Sheriff in the 60's--a McDonadls franchise in the 70's, Mission Viejo and Dana Point.--Small world.
You have to admit then that there is no comparison in crime rates between Mission Viejo and LA. :) However those living in MV will primarily hear about violent crime in the nearest major city. Big Bear and lots of other little towns in CA to live.
D.S., great answer. I wish more could read it. I'm convinced TV news in particular has ruined a perfectly good generation of old people. They once sat outside and were pleasant. Now they're angry and talk about crime, Palestine and guns.
dashing--Compared to the 60's or 70's (starting to build then) there would be no comparison to today's stats. To many of the small towns here are beginning to experience meth and other drug related crimes. Kids, families are being destroyed.
O.E. - Thanks! I believe 24hr global news has made many of us focus on the negatives even when nothing is happening in our own town.
cjhunsinger - New York's Time Square looks like Disneyland compared to how it looked in the 1970s! :)
It certainly DOES, Times Square in the 1970s was a cesspool. It was Giuliani, a Republican, who cleaned up Times Square. BTW, I'm not a Republican but have always given the Devil its due when necessary! Giuliani was a LEADER-should've been PRESIDENT
gmwilliams, Giuliani had a challenge overcoming scandals..He billed the costs of his affair with Judith Nathan to city agencies. Extramarital affairs don't play well for (conservatives). Republicans want a squeaky clean rep. Primaries are brutal!
ALL of the parties want SQUEAKLY CLEAN candidates. Obama in his presidential run, distanced himself from Schwarzennegger as a result of the scandal w/the housekeeper- didn't want Arnie to sully his reputation!
The only way to get news is read the business section of the newspaper and throw the rest of the paper away. It's amazing that the deaths of 3 or 4 people can capture the nation's attention when real things are happening that we miss.
Every great social movement in American history has come from the left: emancipation of slaves, suffrage for women, civil rights for minorities, to name a few. No one complains about having mail service, fire departments or libraries: socialism.
Kathleen--Check your history on slavery and civil rights--it was not the left, but the right. Your last sentence, mail, fire libraries is not socialism.
Made many good points here! Response#8 is sadly true. People graduate from college, still illiterate and clueless to say the least.
I'll say this; paying for your kids to go to college is probably the riskiest investment you'll ever make
First, assess the reputation of the college & your children. If a child is serious, studious,&academic,SEND him/her to college. Otherwise make him/her work part of the way through college-that will make him/her APPRECIATE IT MORE!
No need to shout