On the slippery slope?

中国日报网 2015-03-13 10:51



People who find it difficult to control their spending and end up not being able to meet their credit card repayments will end up with a poor credit history, he warned.

- Overspending is a “slippery slope”, MoneyExpert.com, May 2, 2008.

2. She’s 47-years-old and still looks incredible in a bikini, but Courteney Cox admits that maintaining her amazing body takes work.

The Cougar Town actress, who appears on the new cover of New Beauty, uses the Tracy Anderson Method four times a week to stay in shape, she revealed in an interview with the magazine.

Anderson, a celeb trainer, is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Wilde and Nicole Richie.

And while Cox eats healthy most of the time, the former Friends star fessed up to a few indulgences.

“I do cheat, on occasion, with pasta or bread and butter,” she said. “And I do eat a lot of cheese and nuts, which is probably not the best idea.”

Cox also shared that getting older isn’t always a bad thing. “Beauty over 40 is a slippery slope, but the life experience and knowledge we gain can make us sexier with age.”

- Courteney Cox: “Beauty Over 40 Is a Slippery Slope”, Yahoo.com, September 22, 2011.

3. In February, the bulletin board highlighted the 1920s and along with other images included a picture of Al Capone with the caption: “Al Capone controlled organized crime in Chicago during the 1920s.”

The information provided on the board was factual, made no reference to the ethnic heritage of Al Capone, nor did it detail or glorify Al Capone’s crimes or activities. The inclusion of the picture was in context with the rest of the display.

This excerpt from the Chicago History Museum aptly explains why Al Capone has remained infamous over the decades: “Al Capone is America’s best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era. Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city.”

Had the library acquiesced to the request to remove the picture of Al Capone (“Take down Capone picture at library,” Letters, March 19), it would have set a dangerous precedent which begs the question “who decides what is appropriate?”

Should an individual community member decide what is appropriate on behalf of the entire Brookfield community? Should one person decide what is available for others to view and read? We would also have to assume, then, that the Library would be asked to remove the very popular children's series by Gennifer Choldeneko: Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes and Al Capone Does My Homework.

The library is a wonderful example of basic American freedoms on display, what we refer to as intellectual freedom. Its print and digital collections and walls feature popular, mainstream and esoteric titles and images. And yes, the collections contain something that would offend most anyone.

Censorship in all of its forms is a slippery slope and has no place in Brookfield’s library. The world is not something to hide from our children, but rather a laboratory for us to teach them in. Our society continues to evolve by examining the past.

History is full of horrific events and unsavory people. By sanitizing the history presented to children, we withhold the truth of the world and fail to prepare them for it.

- Censorship is a slippery slope, RBLandmark.com, March 25th, 2014.






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Zhang Xin is Trainer at chinadaily.com.cn. He has been with China Daily since 1988, when he graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Write him at: zhangxin@chinadaily.com.cn, or raise a question for potential use in a future column.


(作者张欣 中国日报网英语点津 编辑:许晶晶)

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