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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Union of Tough Young Women



The high school sends a daily flyer to parents who subscribe, with information to know, such as what is currently in the lost and found. I find it useful for Laura’s several recurring groups we can’t seem to get on the calendar. Pen Club, GSA, among others. She has a paper from the former going to a national contest. We’ll see.

The following paragraph runs constantly, only the dates and topic change:

The Union of Young Republicans will meet on Wednesday (2/7), at 3:00 p.m. in A-105.  We will discuss the 2nd Amendment and other Constitutional Rights.  Come learn about traditional Conservative values and viewpoints.  All are welcome.   

I sat in the kitchen last night, watching Laura make biscuits, then chop veggies for a stew, and asked why there was no opposing Union of Democrats or Independents, Socialists, Communists. Without pausing from scraping biscuit dough from her fingers and cleaning up those utensils for the dishwasher, she launched in.

We have FemForum. We have ASL. We have GSL. Oh, do we have GSL. We have GirlUp. The big new knife she got for Christmas was working through celery and mushrooms, while chicken sizzled. (Note to self: get a Dutch Oven!).

We have the Pen Club and the Writing Club. What else? Oh, the Support Club. We do things. So, what are the Pups talking about this month? 

This town is blatantly Republican. The students are, too.  I asked Laura how she had come by so many friends. She didn’t know. They just were there. I thought about where they lived, and realized they were in the sliver of my township that’s in the Hudson District, and in old Hudson Township.

Laura asked what that was, where it had been.  I explained we went through the city to get to all of her friends, to the outskirts, old Hudson Township that was annexed.  Actually, the city fathers tried to name it The Village of Hudson. That didn’t get through the Ohio Legislature. It’s where there are no sidewalks.

What an interesting correlation to look into for a research paper.

17 comments:

  1. Just watching NBC steaming live with brave young women sharing experiences of horror and sexual abuse of gymnastic coach from MSU being sentenced to 175 years in prison. Thank God that they have found the courage to speak out.

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  2. We live deep in the heart of Republican country, I pretty much ignite them. I've been a Republican, the a Democrat and now I'm an independent, a pic on both their houses.

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  3. Hari OM
    Variety ought to be engaged with in youth; let nothing get entrenched yet. Exploration before settlement. Or demarcation. YAM xx

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  4. It would be a great research topic, Joanne.

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  5. Yes...really interestng research topic.

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  6. Must be very hard to be a Democrat amongst a sea of Republicans.

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  7. Researching the old township? Sounds like a great idea.

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  8. My older two grandchildren lived in a predominately republican area when they went to school. A high school civics teacher espoused republican views. Thankfully my grandchildren are like my children and have minds of their own. My grandson had many heated discussions with that teacher.

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  9. Living in the RED state of TX is not fun. Trying to understand how Republicans justify their views is totally beyond me. I think high school kids are frequently influenced by the political views of their "instructors". There are no rules that prevent this---especially when the local news can be counted on to present similar views! I sure do hope November brings uge changes.

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  10. It's always difficult for a follower of one side of politics to live amongst a majority of the other. I have 'suffered' this regularly, and it's not fun.

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  11. It occurred to me, after reading your post, that I had moved from a place with Ghent and Hudson (OH), to a place with Ghent and Hudson (NY). I live in a particularly red dot in a somewhat purple landscape. It's important to stir things up a bit so everything doesn't go stagnant.

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  12. Until very recently I lived in a wealthy and, therefore, heavily Republican suburb outside of Philadelphia. Many of my children's friends came from staunchly conservative households. Interestingly, most of the teachers at their private schools were progressive Democrats. This was also true of the clergy at neighboring churches full of the same Republicans.

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  13. Joanne, your granddaughter sounds awesome!

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  15. It continues to surprise me how rigid and devoted the GOPpers are. No nuance at all, I guess.

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  16. Interesting. Someone told me we often live in political bubbles. I lived in Illinois before which was mostly heavily democratic. Hawaii is very democratic too. I don't know how I'd do living in a Republican area.

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