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Meredith Alleruzzo
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Yes, Melania's a beautiful woman, and yes, Europeans are much less uptight about nudity. But anyone with some life experience can see that that's not a cute pout. In her eyes is the look of a woman who's been around the block a few times. I lived and studied in Paris years ago and revisited my old haunts a few years ago. At the university I met a middle-aged Russian professor getting information for her daughter. She, like me, was on spring break from teaching. Long story short, events at her place made it clear she was supplementing her teaching salary with escort services, as were her two young Kazakstani roommates. The well-dressed drunk wealthy man we met outside declined giving me a lift home in his really expensive car- I laughed all the way to the hotel where the young clerk said, "Oh, Madame, you should be careful- the Russian Mafia runs prostitution here and they could have kidnapped you." I did dodge a bullet. Then I had a Ukrainian nurse in my ESL class who we all agreed was a hooker- the boss instructed me to tell her to cover up because she was too distracting to our male students. I suspect, based on that look in the eye and the economies of former Soviet states, that Melania has a well-hidden and probably sad history that shouldn't be held against her but probably won't go over well with evangelical voters.

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I raised two teenagers and can say with authority that the board has a right to be concerned. Even if her kids have "caregivers" teenagers can get into all sorts of trouble when their parents are out of town. They act out. They do stupid things. How on Earth are neighbors supposed to get problems dealt with if the caregiver doesn't have legal authority? My ex was a doofus. When I visited my daughter at college in San Francisco my ex dropped his son off to an empty house. He proceded to have a very loud party with drugs and alcohol. Luckily the neighbors in back were musicians and actors who didn't call police but I was beyond angry. And my poor neighbors had to endure that? Not right. So, Madonna, if you're out of town house your kids somewhere else and protect your probably long-suffering neighbors.

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Of course they did- she's an exhibitionist with nothing else going for her so she has to be a slut. So sad.

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When I was a speech-language specialist in a school district near L.A. one of my assigned schools was in a very nice neighborhood. So imagine my shock when I opened a card catalogue in the office to get a student's information to discover a pistol hiding behind the cards. The clerk explained that they'd confiscated it from a student the previous year- in a K-5 school!!

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This reminds me of the renaming of trash collectors to "sanitation engineers" during the 1970s. How ridiculous. Their criminals and inmates. What's the government going to do, change every reference to crime? Let's see, "Justice-Involved Building", degrees at state universities in "Justice Involvement"; Inmate 1234 becomes "Justice-involved individual #1234". The whole thing's ridiculous, diluting the seriousness of inmates' actions so they don't feel badly about themselves. Come on.

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This is so sad. True, like Trump he needs to work on delivery which has obscured a very valid point. Students who aren't prepared for advanced studies belong in community colleges and adult schools to develop skills that will facilitate success in advanced studies. Politically-based lowering of the academic bar benefits neither struggling students nor faculty for whom classroom management is a nightmare due to drastic variations in prerequisite skills. Sure, students want to say they're in university rather than community college or adult school. But in the long run who benefits from catering to that desire? Not the struggling students who experience failure continuously and experience severe blows to self-esteem. There should have been a better way to address admission of unqualified students other than blaming a guy who was trying to address it. 

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What an arrogant b-word. True, what she does is admirable. That doesn't give her a right to put her needs above those of others and assault a cop. I suspect she's a primadona who was coddled through childhood, college, and med school and who never learned humility. Great life lesson for her.

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The one about ducks is a clear case of English as a second language. Figures L.A. County would let illiterate people write public signs. In Spanish the verb means "bother".

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A few years ago there was a young guy in my adult English as a Second Language class. A majority of evening students lived in the predominantly Hispanic (Mexican and Central American) and he claimed to be from Mexico. But his first name was Arabic. This was a particularly sensitive topic as my daughter spent the entire action in Iraq embedded with the military as a journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan. I teased him about it often: "Maybe your grandpa was from the Middle East." He claimed not to know where his name came from and denied Arabic heritage. It freaked me out post-9/11 and it was then that my liberal ideology began to crack. Why on earth would a seemingly peasant Mexican migrant have an Arabic name unless "they" have been there for awhile?

A few years after that I had a nice Pujabi guy in my ESL class with a full beard and turban- we spent a long time discussing the difference between Islam and the Sikh religion because students were worried. He was very bright and knew why his appearance was misinterpreted so he gave frequent cultural presentations. The big deal here is that he had entered the U.S. illegally via Mexico despite his very Muslim-looking appearance. If he could do so of course there are Muslims, probably some radical ones, who've done the same thing. He's working with a lawyer to do the right thing and become legal- good for him. My point is that it's no surprise at all that Syrians with fake passports were caught- it's already happened.
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