In March 2013, I started a petition and gained several signatures. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in winning against TXHB3520. http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/dallas-county/2014/08/18/13998292/
The Texas 84th Legislature is in session and believe a House Bill should be approved in this session. In January 2015, Taya Kyle gave her blessing to the passing of this Bill. In February 2015, the Littlefield family gave their blessing to this proposal.
Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, a close friend of Kyle's, were helping a man with PTSD, when they were brutally murdered. Mr. Kyle was a highly decorated and proclaimed most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, having accumulated 160 confirmed kills out of 255 probable kills. These numbers are based on individual shooter logs, filled out at the end of a mission, and reported to higher command.
Kyle served four tours in the Iraq War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat. He received two Silver Star Medals, five Bronze Star Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. He became known by the moniker "Legend" among the general infantry and Marines whom he was tasked to protect. This title initially originated in jest among fellow SEALs following his taking of a sabbatical to train other snipers in Fallujah. He was wounded twice and involved in six IED attacks.
Kyle was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 2009 and wrote a bestselling autobiography, American Sniper, which was published in January 2012. On February 2, 2013, Kyle was shot and killed at a shooting range near Chalk Mountain, Texas, along with friend Chad Littlefield. The man accused of killing them is awaiting trial for murder. A film adaptation of Kyle's autobiography, directed by Clint Eastwood, was released in December 2014. Read more
The world was moved last week when chef and author Anthony Bourdain passed away from suicide. Bourdain changed hearts and minds around the world, and held up the best of local cultures wherever he traveled. He encouraged curiosity, taking risks, and living life with an open mind.
After his passing, many of his books -- including his groundbreaking "Kitchen Confidential" -- have climbed up the bestseller charts. "Kitchen Confidential" is now among the highest selling books in the country.
Anthony Bourdain's tragic passing has elevated a national conversation around suicide and suicide prevention. That's why this petition hopes to convince Amazon, the largest bookseller in the world, to take some of the proceeds they're making off of selling Anthony Bourdain books, and make a donation to suicide prevention. Will you join and support?
Across the United States, chefs and businesses touched by Bourdain have started to donate part of their proceeds to suicide prevention. Restaurants in New York and California have pledged to donate a share of their June proceeds -- some of which could be tens of thousands of dollars -- to national suicide prevention efforts. Wouldn't it be great if Amazon were able to do the same thing?
Thank you, Anthony Bourdain, for teaching us so much about the world and for leaving behind an incredible legacy of adventure, connection, and caring for one another no matter where we live in this world. Let's all pledge to do all we can to live with the same intention as Anthony.
If you or a loved one is also in need of a conversation, or are struggling with depression or any kind of issue, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 for help.Read more
burdened. Hopes of school resuming until mid term is extremely grim and reduced portion will come as a started the portion in full swing and all the hardwork then goes down the drain. Please do not overburdenRead more
As of March 11th, 2020, Michigan State University has transitioned to online classes for the rest of the semester. This means students are no longer able to use Michigan State University’s facilities for classes. Despite this change, students have still paid the full tuition. Part of this tuition is for maintaining buildings, classrooms, labs, etc for students to use. The only refund given was to students living on campus. This is not fair to the rest of the student body that paid between $500-$600 per credit hour for a class for in state students. The overall tuition includes other taxes such as the ASMSU tax which is to benefit students and fund opportunities for students. With the semester cut short, so are these opportunities. Thus, that money is no longer used for the students. The tuition bill is a ridiculous price to pay for a class that is now given online; online courses are proven to not be as effective at material delivery as in person instructed classes. If students wanted online instruction, there are much more affordable colleges that offer online classes. Why should students pay full price for a lower quality education?
Additionally, there are no facilities that need to be maintained to the same degree as when students are on campus and several resources are no longer available to students due to the shutdown. These resources include tutoring, labs, study spaces, etc. Although the shutdown is not the fault of MSU, the students should not have to pay the price for the nation wide shut down.
Let us make this right for the students at Michigan State University and get a partial tuition refund. Go green!
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Anonymous MSU StudentEast Lansing, MI, United States
avoid losing our money I am asking for either all or a portion of OUR supernnuation to be released for because all of their superannuation would have been wiped out and more
By releasing a portion of OURRead more
To Whom It May Concern,
We would like to request that the PASL be waived this year. If the entire PASL cannot be waived, please waive the requirements that involve contact with other people including the video, student artifacts, and permission slips.
All public schools in the surrounding Houston area are closed. Most public schools in the country are closing. It is unfair for us to ask teachers to come to school to film the video and risk being exposed to the Coronavirus for something that does not benefit them directly.
Many of us have just completed our principal certification program and 268 testing, and our programs would not let us apply to take the PASL until completion of the 268 and our programs' classes, which is why many of us were unable to begin the PASL until February or even March.
If the PASL is not waived, you will have many teachers who will be forced to ask for an extension. This is why that will NOT work. We will NOT be considered for jobs for next year if the score report date is pushed back. Many of us have poured thousands of dollars into principal certification programs, testing, and now the PASL. For my family personally, I only invested the money because I expected the return of my money next year in the form of a salary raise as an assistant principal. If the PASL is not waived, and I cannot get the video completed because teachers rightfully will not meet to complete it, then I will be putting my family's financial future in jeopardy.
We are asking that for those who are already registered, please waive the PASL this year. If we have passed the 268, we could apply directly for certification. At this time, we are not even requesting a refund, just the opportunity to apply for jobs with our certification so we have a fighting chance. Please consider the families you are affecting by not waiving at least the requirements that require direct contact with teachers, students, and parents. Please remember that we have still passed the 268 and principal certification programs, which was the previous requirement for principals in Texas. We are asking because many of us see no other way to achieve success. Thank you for your consideration. Remember us when making your decision.