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Fuel Costs May Force Some Kids To Walk
The Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2008 | Daniel de Vise

Posted on 06/23/2008 6:32:36 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner

Here's how rising fuel prices affect an organization with a fleet of 1,273 school buses: The Montgomery County school board today will consider giving Superintendent Jerry D. Weast emergency powers to make students walk farther to school, if need be, in the coming academic year.

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Should prices continue to rise, the school system could save money by raising maximum walking distances for students, because more walkers means fewer buses. Currently, elementary school students walk up to a mile, middle school students 1.5 miles and high school students two miles.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: democrats; diesel; drilling; education; energy; gasprices; montgomery; montgomerycounty; oil; publiceducation; publicschools; schoolbus; schools
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Keeping in mind that this is Montgomery County, Maryland, those kids will need to pack some serious heat to defend themselves on the streets, many of which don't have any sidewalks, BTW.

Do away with forced busing from one end of the county to the other to ensure integrated schools, and the county wouldn't have this problem.

1 posted on 06/23/2008 6:32:37 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Obama = WALK AND FREEZE ‘08!
2 posted on 06/23/2008 6:37:29 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Walked 2 miles to High School and back for four years in all kinds of weather

(It wasn’t uphill both ways though)


3 posted on 06/23/2008 6:37:33 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

What about in in the snow.....barefoot?


4 posted on 06/23/2008 6:37:44 AM PDT by Coffee200am
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

In our day, we walked (ALL TOGETHER NOW...)
5 miles
in the snow
uphill
BOTH WAYS!!!
and...
WE LIKED IT!
WE WERE GRATEFUL FOR IT!!!!!


5 posted on 06/23/2008 6:37:48 AM PDT by JRios1968 ("If you go over a cliff with all flags flying, you are still going over a cliff"--Ronald Reagan)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Currently, elementary school students walk up to a mile, middle school students 1.5 miles and high school students two miles.

..... uphill,

..... both ways,

.....

6 posted on 06/23/2008 6:37:53 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Assuming Maryland issues bonds, I expect this is nothing more than a jaded attempt to guilt-extort school bond funds in an upcoming election.


7 posted on 06/23/2008 6:38:04 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Islam: Imagine a clown car.........with guns.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

BFD! Kids are too fat anyway from High-fructose corn syrup, super-size fries and sitting on their lazy butts playing Nintendo.


8 posted on 06/23/2008 6:39:57 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (I'mma do the things that I wanna do. I ain't got a thing to prove to you.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I can see the problem for city kids. Rural kids and small town could stand the walk like I did.


9 posted on 06/23/2008 6:41:42 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting conservative isn't for the faint of heart.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
The Montgomery County school board could layoff some administrators, have the remainder work a little harder, and use the freed-up money for gas in order to save the little children's feet.

Or they could blame the stingy tax payers for the problem.

Funny how managing the money you have, is so very hard. And the cuts always seem to specifically hurt the vulnerable children. Why, it almost seems like the schools want to cause pain in order to justify additional levies against the community. Hmmmmmmmmmm.

10 posted on 06/23/2008 6:42:10 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: BenLurkin; Coffee200am; JRios1968

It took us 20 seconds to hit that reference 4 times. LOL


11 posted on 06/23/2008 6:42:57 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: The_Victor

While carrying your little brother on your back....


12 posted on 06/23/2008 6:44:09 AM PDT by Coffee200am
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Four Yorkshiremen
13 posted on 06/23/2008 6:46:40 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: The_Victor

Yeah, we’re getting slow!


14 posted on 06/23/2008 6:46:43 AM PDT by JRios1968 ("If you go over a cliff with all flags flying, you are still going over a cliff"--Ronald Reagan)
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To: CholeraJoe

Exactly! It would do the “little darlings” some good to get off their lard a$$es and walk.

Medical costs in the long run would be lower.


15 posted on 06/23/2008 6:47:54 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Screw the caribou....we need the oil!)
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To: JRios1968

Don’t forget about being barefoot!


16 posted on 06/23/2008 6:49:04 AM PDT by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

A BETTER idea would be to RETURN TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS that were the norm when I was a kid.

A large part of the current social madness is the idiotic bussing — at great cost to the citizens and the waste of fuels and consequent CO2 emissions (none of which is mentioned in the conversations surrounding the GLOBAL WARMING SCAM) of these kids to hell (your basic government school!) and back.

That we’ve TOLERATED that particular form of madness says more about US than it does about those who foisted it upon us.

But, of course, as every socialist, double-domed educrat knows, a BLACK KID is simply incapable of learning unless he or she is sitting next to a WHITE KID.


17 posted on 06/23/2008 6:49:31 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: socialismisinsidious

At 4AM!


18 posted on 06/23/2008 6:51:24 AM PDT by JRios1968 ("If you go over a cliff with all flags flying, you are still going over a cliff"--Ronald Reagan)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

A fat kid in my neighborhood was a seriously rare thing; walking a mile and a half to school and back every day might have had something to do with it...


19 posted on 06/23/2008 6:52:12 AM PDT by wendy1946
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Most of us walked to school before forced integration, why we even rode bikes to school.

Part of the fun was walking to and from school. It was good exercise too.

It was a real honor to be a crossing guard at the corners.

Times have sure changed and the liberal answers have created problems that didn’t exist before.


20 posted on 06/23/2008 6:54:01 AM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: socialismisinsidious

You had feet?


21 posted on 06/23/2008 6:54:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting conservative isn't for the faint of heart.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS THEN AND NOW:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0lR1KQq2-U


22 posted on 06/23/2008 6:55:45 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: Dick Bachert

Excellent post. Here in Indy there was an all black highschool years ago. The black community took great pride in it.

It is gone now.


23 posted on 06/23/2008 6:56:55 AM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: wendy1946

Maybe you got recess too.

That is cut out now.


24 posted on 06/23/2008 6:58:29 AM PDT by Southerngl
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To: indylindy

Re: “liberal answers have created problems that didn’t exist before.”

I assert, and haven’t been offered a viable counter example, that there is no problem we face today that isn’t the result of, or been exacerbated by, some liberal policy.

That being said - you all think it’s great that kids are going to be walking more,

but this is what the left has in store for ALL of us. Their policies are an indirect effort to control your consumption and ability to travel.


25 posted on 06/23/2008 6:58:42 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: CholeraJoe

Your idea wouldn’t be so bad if the fat bureaucrats who take all the dough were walking too? Or how bout the good old days when you could walk to school somewhat safely without porn-fueled middle aged men looking to score with a kid?


26 posted on 06/23/2008 6:59:27 AM PDT by applpie
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To: Dick Bachert

That should have been good, except I found myself wandering off like I did when my teachers showed me a film in class.

:o)


27 posted on 06/23/2008 7:00:43 AM PDT by Southerngl
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To: applpie

Your idea wouldn’t be so bad if the fat bureaucrats who take all the dough were walking too? Or how bout the good old days when you could walk to school somewhat safely without porn-fueled middle aged men looking to score with a kid?

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Yep. My kids wouldn’t walk to school like I did, never.

I walked through a patch of woods to get to the road to walk to school. At 9, I was in charge of four or five of the younger ones in the complex and delivered them to their doors.

Not that we didn’t have serial killers back then, but it certainly wasn’t like what it is today. And people actually got involved when they saw someone struggling with a child. Quizzed them at least. Once my daughter was pitching a tantrum in a store and I carried her out kicking and screaming. It ran through my mind, why isn’t anyone stopping me?


28 posted on 06/23/2008 7:03:20 AM PDT by Southerngl
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To: Southerngl
And P.E. is out too in many schools..

The issue is not having kids walk to school (which I have no problem with in a NORMAL SAFE ENVIRONMENT, which Montgomery County most assuredly is NOT), but the fact that Montgomery County is targeting them (and their safety make their parents howl and accept new taxes, when cutting its bloated administration should be the first thing done.

29 posted on 06/23/2008 7:03:31 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: Coffee200am

He ain’t heavy,he’s my brother.


30 posted on 06/23/2008 7:04:35 AM PDT by 4yearlurker ("Give them Watts boys!!")
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To: MrB

I agree MrB on what the left has in mind.

They want to control our travel and communication.

Why is it that so many people are blind to that?

That said, I still have good memories of walking to school:)


31 posted on 06/23/2008 7:05:55 AM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: Coffee200am
LOL

My kids Dad used to tell them how far he had to walk to school when he was a kid. They always added.......barefoot.

32 posted on 06/23/2008 7:14:58 AM PDT by BARLF
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To: Southerngl

Attention Deficit Disorder is SUCH a tragic thing.

Now take your RITILIN and lie down.


33 posted on 06/23/2008 7:17:22 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: indylindy

Today in my neck of the woods, they pay adults to cross the kids.....whatever happened to older kids doing it?? I remember we did think it was an honor to be a cross guard.


34 posted on 06/23/2008 7:20:34 AM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Never could convince my kids I walked for miles, uphill both way, in the snow.

They just didn’t buy into the concept of snow at all.


35 posted on 06/23/2008 7:24:39 AM PDT by SouthTexas (RIP Scott Kalitta)
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To: Dick Bachert

Attention Deficit Disorder is SUCH a tragic thing.

Now take your RITILIN and lie down.
****************************

Dangit. Called out again.


36 posted on 06/23/2008 7:24:44 AM PDT by Southerngl
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I live in Montgomery County. It has a lot of sidewalks and a lot of busy streets. A child ten or up with common sense could handle walking through most of the County. I wouldn’t want the young kids out, though.

Then again, my philosophy of parenting is “if you let your kid going walking alone outside, you have a 1 in a 100,000 chance that he or she will be abducted by some freak. If you keep your child locked inside all the time, you have about a 90 percent chance he or she will grow up to be a fat dull person. Go with the odds.”


37 posted on 06/23/2008 7:27:27 AM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: BenLurkin
"Walked 2 miles to High School and back for four years in all kinds of weather"

Same here, and it didn't kill me. We didn't have a car, and if we went anywhere, we walked or we took the bus.

38 posted on 06/23/2008 7:28:36 AM PDT by mass55th
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Funny thing. I see buses bound to and from the high school half full. By junior year, a lot of kids are driving to school and taking several friends with them, so buses are not full by any means. At least that’s the case in our school district. Maybe they should do a better job of calculating how many kids will be taking the bus and drive smaller buses.

My kids used to walk the 1/4 mile to and from their school, but now the bus picks up kids near me due to safety concerns.


39 posted on 06/23/2008 7:28:46 AM PDT by randita
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To: Our man in washington

Depends on where you’re at, I guess. I work down in the seedy part of Rockville (near the Metro) where there are few sidewalks and many shady looking characters that I wouldn’t want my kid to go anywhere near.


40 posted on 06/23/2008 7:30:13 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: indylindy

“Here in Indy there was an all black highschool years ago. The black community took great pride in it.”
.....when I went to high school in Maryland there were three schools in town: White, Black and Catholic....the Black one still stands and it’s graduates still hold reunions there....it’s used as a cultural center now days....I gave them a donation....I think whites and blacks of my generation got along better....whites are afraid of young blacks today because of gang violence.


41 posted on 06/23/2008 7:31:48 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: ishabibble

The horror!


42 posted on 06/23/2008 7:34:01 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

At age 11 I was screwing up big time in class so my parents took my bike away and made me walk 2 miles to school and back each day. For the next month I walked one block over to my friend’s house, ate breakfast there then rode on his handlebars to and from school. A great memory!


43 posted on 06/23/2008 7:38:25 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Dick Bachert
"But, of course, as every socialist, double-domed educrat knows, a BLACK WHITE KID is simply incapable of learning diversity unless he or she is sitting next to a WHITE BLACK KID."
44 posted on 06/23/2008 7:41:56 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

Yep, the cool guys were crossing guards. You know back then so many kids walked that walk 2 times a day, it would have been hard for a pervert to grab a kid.

Seems most of our worst problems have been created. I guess I am like every adult that thinks back to how much better life was. Truth is, it really was.

Sometimes I can shut my eyes and remember smells, and even small moments that could be thought of as irrelevant. LOL


45 posted on 06/23/2008 7:45:22 AM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: Dick Bachert
Hey, are they still busing black kids to black schools in Prince Georges' County? The middle/uppermiddle class black kids were subjected to poorer black kids being bused in from the days when the county had more whites living there.

Oh, and have the black kids stopped picking on the Asian kids, making racial slurs and otherwise abusing them there?

Yes, my favorite -- are the predominantly black juries pulling OJ decisions, i.e., letting a black criminal go free because he's black, despite the fact that the victim is also black -- she's often your mother, your cousin, your sister, etc., but she's obviously invisible to these juries.

Ah, memories of Prince Georges' County.

46 posted on 06/23/2008 7:49:00 AM PDT by elk
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To: Rebelbase

TOUCHE!

I WAS going to comment on that in the post but was interrupted.


47 posted on 06/23/2008 7:50:48 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: STONEWALLS
....I think whites and blacks of my generation got along better....whites are afraid of young blacks today because of gang violence.

This could be true. I would also ad that back then the Democrats and the people like Sharpton and Jackson were not constantly driving a wedge between the races. They actually have set back the dreams of MLK.

I worked with a lot of youngsters between 16-22 years old. The white kids resent the race card being used all the time. They would actually say it. It wasn't that they saw blacks as lesser than them, they just resented them using the race card and guilt to manipulate things.

48 posted on 06/23/2008 7:52:15 AM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Grew up in Montgomery County and never rode the bus to school. Walked in elementary and junior high and drove in high school.

And that leads to my idea. Ban high school students from driving to school and charge each student $20 a month to ride the bus. Yeah, people will piss an moan but just say it will reduced their carbon footprint and save mom earth and they’ll go for it.

Just think of the reduced traffic in the mornings!!


49 posted on 06/23/2008 7:53:58 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Barack Hussein Obama has no father. Only a sperm donor.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Here’s an idea. It fights the bugaboos of greenhouse emissions, saves fuel, fights childhood obesity, and makes everyone equal.

Set up 4 parking lots at the cardinal compass points from the schools at the distances noted above. Have the buses stop there and drop off all the kids. Let ALL the kids walk from there to school.

I am a genius. It’ll fix some of the clothing problems we have (you’re not going to walk to school in cold weather in some of the clothing I see the kids wear) (not to mention the ridiculous shoes). It makes sure that no kid is “privileged” over another, fulfilling another leftist mantra. And it’ll expose Mom and Dad’s princes and princesses to a bit of real life.


50 posted on 06/23/2008 8:09:00 AM PDT by RonF
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