Agree or Disagree: This restaurant owner was right yelling at a screaming child.


Perhaps you have been there.

Sitting silently in a restaurant. Enjoying the company of your friends. When, suddenly, a child is screaming. You are distracted for a moment. You mat even get frustrated. But, you are polite and understanding and stay silent.

Or, maybe you are the parent. You are having a much needed night out. Then, suddenly, your child is screaming.And screaming. And screaming. And screaming. You are embarrassed. You are getting “looks” from the other patrons.

Now, maybe you are the owner.of the restaurant. Like Daria Neugebauer from Marcy’s Diner Portland Maine. The kid is screaming for an hour. You see the patrons have had enough. You sense the frustration. Then, suddenly, you scream at the kid to SHUT UP.

Is she right? You can hear story above.

Do you Agree or Disagree with her? Would you yell at a screaming kid in public?

If you are a parent, how would you feel about this happening to you?

Agree or Disagree: Prison terms for Impaired Driving.


We are coming up to a Federal Election. You can tell by the Campaign promises and pledges this week.

One of them came from the Federal Conservatives. They are proposing a maximum 6 year jail sentence for those guilty of impaired driving.

You can read the article here.

Do you Agree or Disagree with this?

Agree or Disagree: This Edmonton bus driver should be punished.


You may have saw this video.

It’s a video of an Edmonton Bus Driver tossing a kid out and pulled away.

Many were angered by this.

Then, this story came out.

It turned out that the Edmonton Bus Driver had a pretty good reason. There is a video of the kid hitting him and reports of threats. He felt he had no choice.

The Edmonton Catholic School Board apologized for asking him to be fired. However, the Bus Driver, along with the two children involved, have been suspended.

You and I may remember being on a school bus. You and I also remember some of the stuff your bus driver out up with. Fights. Yelling. Food being thrown. It is not easy to be a bus driver. There is a lot of abuse. This is not an excuse, but perhaps something to think about.

However, the other side might argue, and is mentioned in the news story, that the primary role of the bus driver is the safety of all of the kids. And although the children involved crossed the line, the bus driver is the adult here. He is expected to act like an adult. (I’ll let you interpret that.)

So, if you were in charge here, what would you want to have happen? Would you punish him with a suspension? Or, even worse, would you actually fire him?

Do you Agree or Disagree he should be punished?

Agree or Disagree: This Former Child Soldier should stand trial for past war crimes.


Dominic Ongwen is a former child soldier with the Lord Resistance Army.  At the age of 10, that’s right 10,he did some unspeakable things to others. He was forced to do some things none of could never imagine.

He is now 35 and he is going to stand trial for these past war crimes in Hague.

You can read this story here. I’m going to give you a section to think about, but as always, I hope you read the article.

It was this favored status, and the widely circulated legend of his notorious rise, that earned Dominic Ongwen an indictment in 2005 by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The court had been created to prosecute those who abducted children as fighters, but only a handful of top commanders besides Kony himself were indicted. Ongwen was the only one on that shortlist who’d been a child soldier himself.

Many people in Northern Uganda, where Ongwen is from, criticized the indictment, pointing out that as a boy he had little choice but to adhere to LRA doctrine. “He had to either follow those rules and survive, or frankly, die,” explains Cakaj. “So to a certain extent we are holding him responsible for being alive. Particularly if you understand the story of people who are not here anymore because they either refused or were unable to perform the same way that Ongwen did.”

But the details of Ongwen’s behavior are terrifying. Titus Obali, who reportedly spent just under a year in Ongwen’s captivity before escaping, told the humanitarian news site IRIN that “Ongwen and his boys used killing, beating, maiming and raping as a weapon. … He forced many children to kill people.”

I’m going to make this simple. Do you think  this former child soldiers, or any other for that matter, stand trial for past war crimes?

Agree or Disagree: Sabrina’s Law


Every once in a while, I get requests to do an Agree or Disagree. This is one of those times.

You may or may not have heard of the term Sabrina’s Law. For that, I would like to show you this video from CTV Edmonton.

Click here for video.

Here’s also a perspective from the person putting forth the request.

I don’t want my child to be segregated or different because of her allergy. Each school has a policy in Alberta, the standards are very loose and up to the individual school. So as a parent with a child it makes it difficult to trust or to investigate what is best for our child.
 
Children have died because of the lack of information. I don’t want to risk my child life, I also want her to be able to have a life.
I should note that we have zero allergies between myself and my husband. So all of this is like a new world.
I will also put forward this article for you to read.
Do you think Sabrina’s law can help children with severe allergies? Or, are there other options available?
I should note that we have zero allergies between myself and my husband. So all of this is like a new world.

Agree or Disagree-If you could, you would homeschool your children.


There has been some discussion about this on the Internet the last week or so.

 

It started with Matt Walsh. Yes, THAT Matt Walsh! The one of Matt Walsh Blog Fame! He wrote this piece on homeschooling that seemed to cause an uproar.

http://themattwalshblog.com/2014/04/25/behold-the-two-absolutely-worst-arguments-against-homeschooling/

Now, at some point I will speak to my actual opinion of Matt Walsh. Today is not that day.

Yes, he argues for homeschool. As you will also read, he argues that children that are home schooled are more successful than those in a regular school.

However, there are those who disagree with that. This is one example. http://mylifeandkids.com/10-reasons-why-i-will-not-homeschool-my-children/

As well, I’m sure you have an opinion. Perhaps you are a parent or a child that was involved with home schooling. Or, you decided not too.

Would you home school your children? 

Agree or Disagree: We can talk about modesty without making people feeling guilty


Agree or Disagree: We can talk about modesty without making people feeling guilty

This was an interesting conversation posted on Rachel Held Evans. It was a question posted about talking to your children about modesty. 

Sometimes when there is a discussion about modesty, it can bring up different emotions. Some get defensive, some feel a sense of superior, and sometimes there is a sense of guilt and condemnation. The conversation is not always comfortable. It is also very personal. 

The question I ask is when we talk about modesty, whether it be children or adults, can we have this conversation without making anyone feel guilty?

The other question is do we need to discuss modesty more?