I think people will be reading more e-books in the future, but there will continue to be a market for old books and things that are hard to find. I like buying terrible novels from the 20-50s from the thrift store, because I like the idea that nobody else has read these books in decades, and they cost half the price of modern terrible novels. Also, I think as e-readers get more prevalent, the rules regarding copying and trading them will become more strict and complicated, where as many people can read a physical book as you want, as many times as you want, regardless of what software and technology is most up to date.
frankieb... if you found a baby abandoned on the sidewalk, would you take it to a hospital or would you try to find proof it was born in the US? There is no difference between someone born in this country, or born in another except for the way we choose to treat them. In light of their legal status, do we make every effort to give them the benefits we would give our own children in that situation, or do we make our compassion contingent on other issues?
I think we should try to find a choice based on our mutual benefit. Teenagers that are enthusiastic residents and good students are likely to make at least as good citizens as many that did happen to be born here and it seems reasonable that we give them a shot to become citizens before others that have less of a claim. Personally, I feel like in general immigration adds more to a community than it costs, although I do think a country has a right to control it. However, i believe that that should be done with the greatest possible sense of compassion and mutual benefit. :)
It makes me sad that people don't consider that there are other reasons to give someone change than because they are destitute and have no other options. Like maybe because it would make them happy and the world could use more of that. When I was scrambling for bus far, and someone gave me 35 cents, the gesture was so much more valuable to me than the money, and so, when I have the opportunity, I give change to people who look like they might appreciate it, whether or not I have reason to think they NEED it. But I guess, anonymous, that you are easily amused by poor people and don't need little things like sharing to brighten your day.
What can I do to help legalize marijuana today? Should I write to my state legislators? Is there a plan?
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