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Education and a Strong Work Ethic Has no Color

Education and a strong work ethic has no color When will affirmative action go away? Like the unions, it served its purpose, but with millions looking for jobs, don’t we want the most qualified?

Education and a strong work ethic has no color

When will affirmative action go away? Like the unions, it served its purpose, but with millions looking for jobs, don’t we want the most qualified?

It’s time the color of one’s skin and quotas gets tossed. Need a doctor? Plumber? Police officer? Qualifications and experience should be the only focus.

Yet, politicians, celebrities, and “the others” stoke the fires. The focus on skin color is a distraction. Teaching the value of work, doing the right thing and getting the best education needs to be the focus.

Parents need to get mad if their child isn’t getting a good education. Stupid shouldn’t get a person hired, nor should quotas or the color of one’s skin. If someone is willing to work hard to be the best at what he or she is capable, hire that person. No one is entitled, but everyone needs to graduate high school and work.

Parents continue, or begin, to teach children a solid work ethic; have them make their beds, wash dishes, rake leaves, or get a part time job. Serve as a role model, and make sure your child is getting a solid education. An education or a lack of one is the biggest discrimination factor. Those who cannot communicate, think, respect work-- all will lose when affirmative action ends. Victimization, entitlements and excuses wear thin on those who pay for lazy and stupid.

Rather than focus on skin color, focus on education. The choice to learn, work, and improve on one’s life, goes beyond the color of one’s skin.

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Nathaniel Brooks December 19, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Bravo Gary. Although I think it would be fair to say that those states that I mentioned were already planning to seceed long before Lincoln took office. Secesion is not a decision someone comes up witht the night before. At least somebody is fact checking. I maintain my stance that abolition was a byproduct of the Civil War. People raely do the right thing, unless of course, it benefits them.
Garry Kanter December 19, 2012 at 09:36 PM
If we're not careful, some learning might take place.
Jack Kelly December 20, 2012 at 01:25 PM
It must be "Computer Day" at the insane asylum. Because there's another insane rambling from right-wingnut Kathleen. And, once again, she's talking about something she has NOT ONE clue about. This time it's education.
Teresa K. December 20, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Its interesting how many MEN are posting on here to say that the WOMAN doesnt know what she is talking about. Here is a clue: She is trying to say: start educating your kids while they're kids. Get them the best education possible in order to have the best opportunities possible in life. Dont depend on "conditions" to decide your childrens fate. Educate, educate, educate. To all you men posting: your comments/ attitudes are why this world is in the messed up place is it. Insulting women and belittling them IN PUBLIC with your names... is outrageous. Takes highly educated and clued in men to do that.
Chris (Kit) Myers December 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I know nothing about this Kathleen and I might totally disagree with her on other issues, but she hit the nail smack on the head with this one. We do have freedom of speech but some of the Avonites can't manage to be civil in their comments. Makes me glad to live in Kent.
Alex Vandehoff December 20, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Kathleen's post advocates for not giving anyone special privilege. But now you're advocating to give her special treatment here for what reason? Your argument is fully counter to the original one expressed in the article.
Peg Lamb December 21, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Yes, racism does still exist...in most cases, when it is convienent. I am white and have many black friends that admit using the "race card" to get ahead. In fact, one of my colleagues got a free education from Cleveland State based on the color of his skin. FACT. I agree with Kathleen on many of her points. She is speaking the truth and her main point was that people who work hard and have a good work ethic, values, respect, etc. deserve jobs-regardless of the color of their skin.
joe ponikarovsky December 21, 2012 at 03:53 PM
i love it! it's the highlight of my week when kathleen blogs! where else can you read anything funnier online? it's like reading the onion, only she actually believes every word of it!
Jack Kelly December 22, 2012 at 08:16 PM
"your comments/ attitudes are why this world is in the messed up place is it. Insulting women and belittling them IN PUBLIC with your names... is outrageous. " Yeah, because of OUR comments. That's the reason. The world didn't start going down the toilet until us men starting posting here bashing the usually-ignorant Kathleen. Would you like some more cheese with your WHINE, whiner? Oh, and all of that coming from someone whose last name starts with a "K." Stifle it, hypocrite.
Kim L December 25, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I agree Teresa K ,that is what I read also (BUT the government is your mommy and daddies liberals are out again)
John Booth December 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Whew almost a touchy subject. Of course we know there is no racism or discrimination. All people are created equal. Just because 93 percent of teachers in inner city are white doesn't mean it shouldn't be 99 percent. We know these urban kids need role models like the majority and not their own. So if we can take away positive role models the country will be better off and we can go back to when we were good ie the 40's 50's and before.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! December 30, 2012 at 04:33 PM
For some dame who is all about not worrying about skin color, you seem pretty worried about it.
Chris (Kit) Myers December 30, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Perhaps some of you people in Avon/Avon Lake are too insulated from the inner city to understand, or even care about, the level of, and/or the perpetuation of, ignorance in our cities. Your calling names indicates that you perhaps would not make good role models for anyone. What is it you want to do, "Keep 'em in their place?" Is ignorance such as yours representative of Avon? I hope not.
AM December 30, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Many of you are missing the point. This article states that people should be hired based on their credentials/experience. Period. I agree. No special treatment for anyone.
PM December 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I agree too! but I think you're missing the point. The article is about education, and the title of the article has a major grammatical error. I just think that's ironic. Plus I know Kathleen, and she is a racist. So that's why I commented about it!
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! December 31, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Myth 3: Affirmative action may have been necessary 30 years ago, but the playing field is fairly level today. Despite the progress that has been made, the playing field is far from level. Women continue to earn 77 cents for every male dollar (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2010). Black people continue to have twice the unemployment rate of White people, twice the rate of infant mortality, and just over half the proportion of people who attend four years or more of college (see Figure 1). In fact, without affirmative action the percentage of Black students at many selective schools would drop to only 2% of the student body (Bowen & Bok, 1998). This would effectively choke off Black access to top universities and severely restrict progress toward racial equality.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! December 31, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Myth 10: Support for affirmative action means support for preferential selection procedures that favor unqualified candidates over qualified candidates. Actually, most supporters of affirmative action oppose this type of preferential selection. Preferential selection procedures can be ordered along the following continuum: Selection among equally qualified candidates. The mildest form of affirmative action selection occurs when a female or minority candidate is chosen from a pool of equally qualified applicants (e.g., students with identical college entrance scores). Survey research suggests that three-quarters of the public does not see this type of affirmative action as discriminatory (Roper Center for Public Opinion, 1995d). Selection among comparable candidates. A somewhat stronger form occurs when female or minority candidates are roughly comparable to other candidates (e.g., their college entrance scores are lower, but not by a significant amount). The logic here is similar to the logic of selecting among equally qualified candidates; all that is needed is an understanding that, for example, predictions based on an SAT score of 620 are virtually indistinguishable from predictions based on an SAT score of 630.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! December 31, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Selection among unequal candidates. A still stronger form of affirmative action occurs when qualified female or minority candidates are chosen over candidates whose records are better by a substantial amount. Selection among qualified and unqualified candidates. The strongest form of preferential selection occurs when unqualified female or minority members are chosen over other candidates who are qualified. Although affirmative action is sometimes mistakenly equated with this form of preferential treatment, federal regulations explicitly prohibit affirmative action programs in which unqualified or unneeded employees are hired (Electronic Code of Federal Regulations, 2011).
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! December 31, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Even though these selection procedures occasionally blend into one another (due in part to the difficulty of comparing incommensurable records), a few general observations can be made. First, of the four different procedures, the selection of women and minority members among equal or roughly comparable candidates has the greatest public support, adheres most closely to popular conceptions of fairness, and reduces the chances that affirmative action beneficiaries will be perceived as unqualified or undeserving (Kravitz & Platania, 1993; Nacoste, 1985; Turner & Pratkanis, 1994). Second, the selection of women and minority members among unequal candidates -- used routinely in college admissions -- has deeply divided the nation (with the strongest opposition coming from White males and conservative voters.) And finally, the selection of unqualified candidates is not permitted under federal affirmative action guidelines and should not be equated with legal forms of affirmative action. By distinguishing among these four different selection procedures, it becomes clear that opposition to stronger selection procedures need not imply opposition to milder ones. .
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! December 31, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Some writers have criticized affirmative action as a superficial solution that does not address deeper societal problems by redistributing wealth and developing true educational equality. Yet affirmative action was never proposed as a cure-all solution to inequality. Rather, it was intended only to redress discrimination in hiring and academic admissions. In assessing the value of affirmative action, the central question is merely this: In the absence of sweeping societal reforms -- unlikely to take place any time soon -- does affirmative action help counteract the continuing injustice caused by discrimination? The research record suggests, unequivocally, that it does
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! December 31, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Have you re-read your title? Didn't you notice anything amiss?
MZ January 01, 2013 at 01:36 PM
The 77 cents n the dollar number has been proven over and over to be a flawed comparison. When you compare women with men in like jobs and eliminate the impact from missed time (experience) due to pregnancies women make more. The black unemployment rate has more to do with the criminally awful public school plantations they are kept on and the lack of a quality education than anything affirmative action could help with. As far as infant mortality, not sure what that has to do with affirmative action but I'll bite. Could it have anything to do with fatherless families, drug and/or alcohol abuse? Are you suggesting that hospitals should use affirmative action during admittance? Are you suggesting that pregnant black women get turned away from hospitals more than other races? Does it have to do with a lack of health insurance? Didn't Obama already solve that one? So many questions.
Rhonda Lee Starr February 18, 2013 at 02:24 PM
"Stupid shouldn’t get a person hired" Well then how did you get your own blog, Kathleen?
Rhonda Lee Starr February 18, 2013 at 02:26 PM
People disagree with her because they actually have IQs above 40 and can see through her rants.
Rhonda Lee Starr February 18, 2013 at 02:29 PM
"I am white and have many black friends that admit using the "race card" to get ahead" That is not "getting ahead" as you claim, that is "pulling even" (which is the point of affirmative action).
Rhonda Lee Starr February 18, 2013 at 02:36 PM
"Its interesting how many MEN are posting on here to say that the WOMAN doesnt know what she is talking about." It's not men who are posting about a woman. It's people with IQs over 60 posting about someone who needs to take off her shoes to count to 11.
Oh the stupidity February 20, 2013 at 03:06 PM
exactly!!!
James Thomas February 20, 2013 at 03:37 PM
It's Patch. If you have a pulse, you thereby qualify to be a "Local Voice."
Oh the stupidity February 20, 2013 at 08:49 PM
The comedy of Kathleen Wilhelm pieces is truly just...gorgeous. I don't think I have ever read a collection of such neolithic stupidity, quite like these articles. Since Gawker picked up "animals can't talk" I almost feel sorry for her, because she just unknowingly immortalized herself in the annuls of American history as one of the the single dumbest writers to have ever graced the internet with her cretinous literary diarrhea. BUT - since her writings are so clearly motivated more, by her hatred, than by her outright stupidity...I feel no remorse. Kathleen Wilhelm, you deserve every bit of the "infame" you're about to get dropped upon you. Congratulations! Most people need to leak a sex tape, to become infamous. All you had to do, was be an idiot filled with hate who wrote a few retarded blogs. Hats off!
James Thomas February 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM
I saw that and they put it under the label of "Crazy People". How does it feel Kathleen O'Brien-Typical-Teabagger Nutjob that even Gawker thought your ramblings were that of a crazy person. You should see the comments by readers on that site. Congratulations, you clueless right-wing hag -- you've made yourself a national joke. But, I love you Kathleen, because I'm an ignorant right-winger like you are. And Patch -- congrats on continuing to prove why you're a big failure. Whomever allowed that to go through must be proud. Just a professional note: if you really think you stand a chance on working for a REAL publication, you don't want to ever admit you worked for Patch.

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