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It seems clear to me that human life is much less valued in some countries than it is the US, and I do not see why we should reduce saftey features here to match those in place in those other countries. Of course this means US mines will not be as competitive in the global market, just like our higher standard of living also makes mining less competitive here. I hate to break it to mining companies, but the world is an ugly brutal place, and I would much rather it be ugly and brutal to companies than to people.
So you are calling for a 66% pay increase in the teaching profession to fix this problem? How is that supposed to work? School districts do not have the money for this. Instead schools need to look at non-monetary forms of compensation, and one of those forms of non-monetary compensation is to stop treating teachers like human garbage.
Certainly I am concerned about the effect of commercial diesel engines, many of which seem to often be woefully under-maintained in the emissions category, but I don't think the wide open spaces above ground compare with the effect of the same engines running in a poorly ventilated mine below ground. Though these buses probably do increase the chance of cancer...
It ends only when parents (and students) realize it is they, and only they, who control whether a student learns. A good or even mediocre teacher can take a student with a thirst for learning and advance them to ever higher levels. But even the most excellent teacher can do nothing with a student that does not care. And hold on to your seats, students learn what to care about from parents and not teachers.
Email for me is the perfect medium. I can read a message as many times as I like. I can frame my response, rewrite it until it says precisely what I want it to say, and send it at 3am in the morning without worrying about waking anyone up. Add to that I will get the message even if I've been on a plane for the last 12 hours.