Readers weigh in on booty calls, gambling and Xbox

Posted Oct. 07, 2010, at 8:56 p.m.

This week, ClickBack asked editorial page readers about the recent survey of American sexual habits and views, the Oxford County casino and extending the school year or school day.

How has sex changed since 1994?

Sex has become an act with few long-term feelings involved. Because it feels good, most will look anywhere to get it. The age-old thought process of committing to one person and settling down seems to have slipped to the wayside.

Mike183

Sex has not changed. If you think Americans and everybody else in the world are “more responsible” toward sex, try to see the actual figures for AIDS, herpes and other sexually-related diseases, which have been on the increase.

Sex was a topic not so openly discussed in the times, say, prior to the late 1950s.

Yes, what you see on TV and movies is reflecting the moral and social condition in which we live.

“Hooking up” or “booty calls” are nothing new, either. I’m 78 years old, going on 79 in March, and this same thing was happening (not in my private life, though, thank God) back when I was a little girl.

BettyLobstahEyez

Should a casino in Oxford County be approved?

People voted not to allow casinos in Washington County twice. I’m voting to not allow Oxford to have one for that reason alone. I am tired of seeing eastern Maine getting the shaft when whatever the north Boston suburbs of southern Maine get whatever they want. If it does get approved, I sure hope they have building issues to deal with, like blocked permits or such. A little litigation can sure ball things up for many years.

scooterj

I will be voting for the Oxford casino. The jobs that have come from Hollywood Slots in Bangor are just one reason why.

Where do you think these jobs are going to come from if we don’t create them? They won’t just fall from the sky. We need to start thinking out of the box and stop saying that we don’t want to be like other states. We need to push ahead, not lag behind.

Mike183

Should the school year or school day be lengthened?

Neither the school day nor year should be lengthened. Children need a myriad of experiences in order to thrive. The empirical research is clear: Smaller class sizes are in order to optimize the time children are in school. An odd question, as the BDN supports consolidation, which will not only increase class size but “lengthen” the school day (the bus ride part, in any case — a detriment to children’s achievement).

bealtaine

The school year should be extended. It is a good move. It will allow children to retain what they have actually learned and move forward at a better pace. We are falling behind for education in this world. We need to do something different. There shouldn’t be any more than a two-week break in the summer between school years.

mAineAc

Sure, extend the school year. Then we might get a full year’s work out of the education empire for the full year’s pay and benefits we give them. I say might because unless they start to actually teach our kids well enough that the majority don’t need remedial classes during their first year of college, the extra seat time will be meaningless.

oldmainer

No. Make learning more fun than Xbox.

gloomcharmed

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