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Phil Blevins 
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Re: “Why does the state treat the children of undocumented immigrants as second-class citizens?

Children whose parents are not legal citizens are the very definition of "second class." Whether or not that is as it should be is the debate. The Tennessee analogy is faulty because your parents were legal citizens of Tennessee.

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Posted by Phil Blevins on March 5, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Update: ONE ticket written for distracted driving

LOL SMH IDGAF. Meanwhile cops are using laptops while driving.

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Posted by Phil Blevins on February 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Rumors fly, Ryan Gosling is in downtown Charleston

Ryan Gosling just demolished the old library and then bought a crepe at the farmer's market. He cooked it himself so he wouldn't have to wait.

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Posted by Phil Blevins on September 7, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Baby Veronica case begins to recall Elian Gonzalez custody fight

I was afraid something like this might happen. I know the adoptive family probably couldn't afford to but it would have been a good idea to have hired someone to keep an eye out for this kind of thing. Having the commanding officer of Brown's National Guard unit get involved is a great tactic. I hope it works and this doesn't become any more insane.

The adoptive family could have pulled something when they were ordered to remand custody but they didn't. If Brown is planning to break the law now I think that would demonstrate that he is unfit to be a parent. But that might not be all there is to it.

I worry that the Cherokee Nation is or will become involved in aiding unlawful behavior. That could have disastrous effects that reach beyond this case. The US Government doesn't take kindly to things like that (as was apparent in the Gonzales case) and it could decide to come down hard on the Cherokee Nation or involved members in response. This is not needed, now or ever. There will be sympathizers on both sides who otherwise don't even know or care about Veronica who make a racial issue of this legal situation. Race relationships have suffered terribly in recent years and this isn't helping.

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Posted by Phil Blevins on August 6, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Why I have mixed feelings about Autism Awareness Day

I was with you right up to the assertion that autism occurs in "almost any neighborhood." As the director of an agency serving people with autism and having worked with people with autism and their families for over 25 years, I can assure you there is no neighborhood that does not have its share of autism. It may be that more "well to do" families are more able to afford expensive treatment or more able to effectively advocate for needed services. It may also be true that rural families are less likely to seek help or even seek proper diagnosis (although this is getting better). But lower income families have occurrence rates at least as high as upper income families. Some studies imply that lower income children may be more prone to the disorder. It has been suggested that parental drug use, consumption of contaminated fish such as may be found in areas of the Edisto river and poor prenatal care for mothers could contribute to the list of possible causes of autism.

So a good tie-in for your argument against poverty is this: raising families from poverty would probably decrease their rates of many health related problems, including autism. Being "aware" of autism is great but really, who isn't aware of autism at this point? We need to move beyond awareness and do something about the problem. Eliminating poverty would be one good place to start.

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Posted by Phil Blevins on April 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

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