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cinnamon, I can see how frustrating this experience was for you and your daughter.
It is quite possible that at least some of those invitations you so generously delivered did not make it home; elementary school students are notorious for not delivering things to their parents, even if they’re excited about the opportunity!
Keep in mind, too, that several of your child’s classmates’ parents may not read or speak English fluently; they might not have known what to do. Even if they did, they might have been hesitant to try to communicate.
It is also entirely possible that at least some of the lack of response is due to rudeness, or excessively casual manners. The only remedy I can come up with for this one is for you to teach your daughter correct etiquette. I’m sure she’ll be careful in future to RSVP, having experienced first-hand the consequences. It sounds like you’re teaching her kindness (inviting the whole class was teaching her about not leaving people out, a common problem with school-delivered invitations!). I’m sure you’re also teaching tolerance, and to assume the best of people.
Nicely done! It would have been a very helpful starting place to me when I was investigating both public and private schools for my children (back in arpanet days, though).
My biggest concern with Obama is his relatively weak environmental agenda; I suppose it’s his midwest ties, but he leans far too heavily on biofuels. We need them in the mix, but as a bridge technology.
Edwards appears the strongest in both environment and healthcare of the candidates the press has decided remain to us. (lowmanbeach, I wish your second-to-last boss were in charge now…)
I’m disappointed in Clinton’s very conservative thinking…but she’s certainly better than the status quo.
The California alignment would be better for me personally, but I’d support the Fauntleroy alignment for speed improvement, depending on how much speed. credmond, do you know the differential? One of my concerns about this “rapid” ride is safety of pedestrians, bikes, and cars sharing the road with these buses. (That grade-separation problem, again!) Seems to me this need for safety will surely slow the buses down. How would the safety compare California vs. Fauntleroy? I have a hunch California has fewer accidents, and if that hunch is correct, I’d guess it has to do with the lower speed on California. How would the “rapid” (I plan to keep quoting it to remind everybody that this is NOT a Rapid Transit solution) buses affect both streets? Would it make less difference on Fauntleroy because it’s already faster?