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Re: “A New Private School Heads for Manchester

Urban public schools struggle mostly because too many of the students come from dysfunctional families that do not value education. I don't buy the term "failing schools." "Schools" don't fail--they are dragged down by troubled neighborhoods in which they operate, the troubles that students bring with them to the classroom, and larger issues such as funding and very old facilities. Some people--often conservatives--want to pretend that urban schools operate in isolation; they are part and parcel of the environment.

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Posted by kazoo on 04/15/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Check Out the Huge New Sculpture Installed Outside VMFA

It is a compelling sculpture--but too big, in my opinion. Might have been better at two-thirds its 24-foot height. We read that its scale complements the size of the VMFA building. The problem is, it does not seem to complement the sculpture garden in which it sits. It is out of proportion to the other very nice--and smallish--works in the garden. Chloe not only overwhelms the other pieces but clashes with them stylistically. You have modestly sized abstract sculptures, with patina, some horizontally oriented--all very nice--and now this imposing white marble bust to go with them. I liked the fairly inconspicuous nature of the garden before--with first-rate pieces that quietly invited inspection. This piece, while arresting and well-conceived, alters that aesthetic. And what next? Don't you now need another sizable piece to balance out Chloe? I would think so--but then the abstract pieces will be overshadowed all the more. And the garden simply isn't large enough to gracefully accommodate too many large works. It is certainly a sign of ambition.

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Posted by kazoo on 04/15/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Richmond Kickers Beat Flying Squirrels in Attendance Matchup

It is great that attendance is robust, and the field is usually in good condition--but the stadium is embarrassingly old and unattractive. It badly needs to be modernized and beautified.

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Posted by kazoo on 04/13/2017 at 7:02 PM

Re: “VIDEO: Richmond Native Turned New York Socialite Tinsley Mercer Mortimer in "The Real Housewives of New York"

Women who want to be on that show, and who are OK getting manipulated by the producers, are a bit too desperate for attention and celebrity.

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Posted by kazoo on 03/16/2017 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Richmond School Advocates See a Different Kind of Budget Showdown Ahead

The RPS waste a lot of money--that much we know. Money is not the issue; the real issue is how the money is managed---not efficiently.

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Posted by kazoo on 03/01/2017 at 12:22 AM

Re: “Rallying Point: Richmonders Travel to Washington For the Biggest Protest in U.S. History

Trump is a completely dishonest, irrational tyrant and pawn of a Republican Party that history will show to be on the wrong side of just about every major issue. Reason enough for major marches all over America and all over the world by people who don't want to be governed by fascists or by red-state dunces/christian freaks who are still desperately pining for 1950.

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Posted by kazoo on 01/25/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Local Diversity Consultant Tiffany Jana Offers Recommendations for President-Elect Donald Trump

The government stoked the flame of racism? How so?

Hillary used a fake black accent? Who says she did, besides you?

A book on diversity and inclusion, eh? How many ways can one say: You ought to promote diversity and inclusion in your public remarks, and you ought to hire qualified minorities when you can. Rinse and repeat.

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Posted by kazoo on 11/16/2016 at 12:26 AM

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