Not Because

Not Because

Sentences that follow a negative verb with because create confusion for readers.

I don’t love you because you’re beautiful.

No man can safely say this to his girlfriend because she hears the negation first and doesn’t listen to anything else he says. Our readers, like the girlfriend, hear “I don’t love you,” and then believe what follows to be an explanation for our heartlessness.

We meant to say, of course, that we do love our girlfriend, but that she is special in many ways, only one of which is her beauty. But that’s not what we said. To make sure she listens to our entire declaration, not just the first four words, we need to revise our first draft:

Good: I love you, but not because you’re beautiful.

Good: I love you not just for your beauty.

BEST: I love you for your beauty and your generous heart.

Clearly (at least I hope it’s clear to you, gentlemen) the boldest, most specific, most straightforward claim, without negatives, is the best. And of these sentences, the best are those that eliminate the because altogether.


In-Class Exercise

Copy these sentences adapted from student essays into the Reply field below and revise them for boldness, specificity, and directness. Replace negative verbs with positive verbs. (Example: replace didn’t resign with declined to resign)

1. Coats wasn’t fired because he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription. He was fired for violating workplace policy.

2. An employer isn’t able to fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.

3. Employees don’t get fired for going out and having a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.

4. Coats shouldn’t have been fired because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.

5. It’s not fair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.

6. Coats wasn’t harming anyone at his job because he was smoking marijuana but he was doing so on his own time and not at work.

BACKGROUND FOR 7-10: The director of the Secret Service ordered an internal review of its security procedures around the White House after a man armed with a knife who jumped the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday night managed to make his way through the front door of President Obama’s home before being stopped, officials said Saturday.

7. Omar Gonzalez didn’t penetrate deep into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.

8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it  responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.

9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson won’t be fired because of her testimony before Congress yesterday. Her incompetence might cost her her job though.

10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.

29 Responses to Not Because

  1. ahntkd99 says:

    1. Coats was fired because he was violating workplace, not because of using
    marijuana. he had legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription.
    2. A person who has anxiety can’t fire because they are taking the correct medication to
    deal with the issue.
    3. In general employees don’t get fired for having few bears after work. In Colorado
    marijuana as well.
    4. Coats shouldn’t be fired for trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.
    5. It’s not fair to discriminate against him because he was using marijuana for his pain
    of his multiple spasms.
    6. Coats was smoking marijuana on his own time and not at work. Therefore not
    harming anyone at his job.
    7. Because of swift actions of secret service agents. Omar Gonzalez didn’t go too far into
    the White House.
    8. The Secret Service is being compelled to explain its actions because of how the breach
    occurred.
    9. Secret service chief Julia Pierson can be fired because of her incompetence might cost
    her job.
    10. Because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade, The Secret Service agents didn’t
    use deadly force against the intruder.

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  2. doglover441 says:

    1. Coats was fired for violating workplace policy, not because he was using a legal drug for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription.
    2. A person with anxiety can’t be fired for taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.
    3. In Colorado if employees don’t get fired for having a few beers after work they shouldn’t get fired for marijuana use.
    4. Coats shouldn’t have been fired for trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.
    5. It is unfair to discriminate against Coats because he was using marijuana to treat his chronic pain.
    6. Coats was smoking marijuana on his on time and not at work, therefore not harming anyone at his job.

    7. Because the swift actions of Secret Service agents. Omar Gonzalez didn’t penetrate deep into the White House.
    8. How the Secret Service breach occurred is under question, not because of their response.
    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson’s incompetence might cost her her job, but she won’t be fired for her testimony before Congress yesterday.
    10. The intruder was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade, so the Secret Service Agents were unable to use deadly forces against him.

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  3. 1. Coats was only fired for violating workplace policy and not for his prescription marijuana.
    2. An employer may not fire a person who is are taking the correct medication to deal with anxiety.
    3. Employees going out and having a few beers is allowed, and in Colorado so is marijuana.
    4. Coats was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.
    5. Coats was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.
    6. Coats was smoking marijuana on his own time and not at work.
    7. The swift actions of Secret Service agents at the white house cause Omar Gonzalez to not dig deep into it.
    8. The Secret Service was being compelled to explain its actions because of how the breach occurred is under question.
    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson might be fired because of her incompetence might cost her, her job.
    10. Secret Service agents used non deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.

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  4. 1. Coats was fired, but not because he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription. He was fired for violating workplace policy.
    2. An employer is prohibited to fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.
    3. Employees are unable to get fired for going out and having a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.
    4. Coats was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis, so he shouldn’t have been fired.
    5. It’s unfair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.
    6. Coats was smoking marijuana on his own time and not at work, therefore, he wasn’t harming anyone at his job.
    7. Omar Gonzalez refrained from penetrating deep into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.
    8. The Secret Service is no longer being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.
    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson will not be fired for her testimony before Congress yesterday. Her incompetence might cost her her job though.
    10. Secret Service agents abstained from using deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.

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  5. ajuuy7 says:

    1. Coats was fired for violating workplace policy not because he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription.
    2. An employer is unable to fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.
    3. In Colorado alcohol and marijuana are legal and employers cannot get fired for going out after work.
    4. Coats shouldn’t have been fired for trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.
    5. It’s unfair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.
    6. Coats was smoking marijuana during his own time and was not harming anyone at work.
    The director of the Secret Service ordered an internal review of its security procedures around the White House after a man armed with a knife who jumped the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday night managed to make his way through the front door of President Obama’s home before being stopped, officials said Saturday.
    7.The Secret Service agents acted swiftly and did not allow Omar Gonzalez to penetrate deep into the White House.
    8.The Secret Service is being compelled to explain its actions because of how the breach occurred.
    9.Secret Service chief Julia Pierson could be fired because of her incompetence.
    10.Secret Service agents used non-deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.

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  6. jackso23 says:

    1. Coats was fired for violating workplace policy, not for his usage of marijuana which is legal.
    2. An employer is unable to fire an employee for their usage of medication to deal with anxiety.
    3. Employees don’t get fired for going out and having a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.
    4. Coats dealt with the daily pain he endured.
    5. It’s unfair to discriminate against Coats for his usage of medication to deal with his illness.
    6. Coats used marijuana on his own leisure, therefore not harming anyone in the workplace.

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  7. 1. Coats was fired soley for violating workplace policy.

    2. An employer is prohibited from firing a person who has anxiety and is taking prescribed medication.

    3. Employees are safe from being fired for the use of legal substances in Colorado such as alcohol and marijuana.

    4. Coats’ pain he endured on a daily basis and is not a fireable offense.

    5. Discriminating against Coats because he was able to ease the pain of his spasms by using marijuana is wrong.

    6. Coats’ marijuana use harmed nobody ta work because he was doing so on his own time and never at work.

    7. Omar Gonzalez was stopped from entering the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.

    8. The Secret Service is not responding to the breach under question.

    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson’s testimony might cost her her job.

    10. Secret Service agents were able to abstain from using deadly force against the intruder because he was only carrying a small knife.

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  8. 8) the secret service is compelled to explain its actions because of its response of its actions and the breach under question.

    9)julia Pierson risks her job because of her incompetence.

    10) the secret service did not use deadly force because the man was not a big threat

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  9. 1) coats was not only fired for using a legal drug, for a legitimate purpose, he was fired for violating workplace policy.

    2) an employer is not able to fire a person with anxiety for taking medication to deal with it.

    3) employees are not fired for going out drinking since alcohol is legal; therefore, they should not be fired for smoking marijuana in Colorado since marijuana is legal there.

    4) it’s not fair to discriminate against him, he was using marijuana to treat his chronic pain.

    5) coats was harming no one at his job by smoking marijuana; he was smoking on his own time, not at work.

    6) Omar Gonzales was unable to penetrate the White House, thanks to the secret service.

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  10. mpsj13 says:

    1. Coats was fired for violating workplace policy.

    2. Employers are prohibited to fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.

    3. Employees are able to go out and drink alcohol after work without being fired because it is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.

    4. Coats was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis and should not have been fired.

    5. It’s unfair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.

    6. Coats was smoking marijuana on his on time and not at work, thus not harming anyone at his job.
    7. Omar Gonzalez was unable penetrate deep into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.
    8. The Secret Service is being questioned on how the breach occurred not on their actions.
    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson will be fired because of her incompetence not because testimony before Congress yesterday.
    10. Because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade, The Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder.

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  11. Jayv23 says:

    3. Employees don’t get fired for going out and having a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but they will for the use of marijuana.
    4. Coats shouldn’t have been fired because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.
    5. It is unfair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.
    6. Coats was smoking marijuana but he was doing so on his own time and not at work. No one was harmed in this process.
    7. Omar Gonzalez didn’t penetrate deep into the White House by the swift actions of Secret Service agents.
    8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.
    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson won’t be fired because of her testimony before Congress yesterday. Her incompetence might cost her her job though.
    10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.

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  12. yankeefan25 says:

    1. Coats was fired not for the reason that he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription. He was fired for violating workplace policy.

    2. An employer cannot fire a person who has anxiety, for they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.

    3. Employees don’t get fired for going out and having a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.

    4. Coats was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis, so he should not have been fired.

    5. It’s not fair to discriminate against him, for he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.

    6. Coast was harming people on his own time, but not at his job because he was smoking marijuana.
    7. Omar Gonzalez was unable to penetrate deep into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.

    8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.

    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson’s incompetence might cost her her job.

    10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder.

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  13. Valcom says:

    1. Coats was fired but not for using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription. He was fired because he was violating workplace policy.
    2. An employer is prohibited from firing a person who has anxiety since they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.
    3. Employees are unable to get fired for going out and having a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.
    4. Coats was unfairly fired because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.
    5. It is unfair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.
    6. Coats was smoking marijuana but he was doing so on his own time and not at work.
    7. Omar Gonzalez was unable to get far into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.
    8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.
    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson will not be fired because of her testimony before Congress yesterday. Her incompetence might cost her her job though.
    10. Secret Service agents were smart in which use of deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.

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  14. bmdpiano says:

    3. Employees are able to go out and have a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.

    4. Coats shouldn’t have been fired for trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.

    5. It’s unfair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.

    6. Coats wasn’t harming anyone at his job when he was smoking marijuana but he was doing so on his own time and not at work.

    BACKGROUND FOR 7-10: The director of the Secret Service ordered an internal review of its security procedures around the White House after a man armed with a knife who jumped the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday night managed to make his way through the front door of President Obama’s home before being stopped, officials said Saturday.

    7. Omar Gonzalez didn’t penetrate deep into the White House due to the swift actions of Secret Service agents.

    8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.

    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson won’t be fired for her testimony before Congress yesterday. Her incompetence might cost her her job though.

    10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder due to him carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.

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  15. lucbe219 says:

    1. Coats was fired for violating workplace policy even though he was using marijuana legally, for which he had a prescription.
    2. An employer is unable to fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.
    3. Alcohol is legal, and in Colorado, marijuana is also, so employees are not fired for it.
    4. It was wrong for Coats to be fired because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.
    5. He was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana, so it is unfair to discriminate against him.
    6. Coats was smoking marijuana on his own time and not at work, so he was not harming anyone.
    7. Due to the swift actions of Secret Service agents, Omar Gonzalez did not penetrate deep into the White House.
    8. The Secret Service is being compelled to explain how the breach occurred because of the way it responded.
    9. Secret Service chief, Julia Pierson, maybe fired because of her incompetence on the job.
    10. The intruder was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade, so the Secret Service Agents were unable to use deadly forces against him.

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  16. 1. Coat isn’t fired because he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription. He was fired for violating workplace policy.
    2. An employer is unable to fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue. Employees don’t get fired for going out and having a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.
    4. Coats shouldn’t be fired because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.
    5. It’s unfair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.
    6. Coats wasn’t harming anyone at his job because he was smoking marijuana but he was doing so on his own time and not at work.
    7. Omar Gonzalez penetrate deep into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.
    8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.
    9. Secret Service chief, Julia Pierson, fired because of her testimony before Congress yesterday. Her incompetence might cost her job though.
    10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.

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  17. voxpopuli75 says:

    1. Coats was fired for violating workplace policy. Not because he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription.
    2. An employer is unable to fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.
    3. Employees don’t get fired for using alcohol in Colorado because it is legal similar to marijuana.
    4. Coats was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis, for this he shouldn’t be fired.
    5. It’s unfair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.
    6. Coats only smoked on his own time, not harming anyone at his job.
    7. Omar Gonzalez was unable to penetrate deep into the White House due to the swift actions of Secret Service agents.
    8. The Secret Service’s response to the breach is not being questioned but, rather how the breached occurred in the first place is under question.
    9. The reason for Secret Service chief Julia Pierson’s firing will likely be for her incompetence, not for her testimony before Congress
    10. Secret Service agents abstained from using deadly force against the intruder because he was only wielding a knife with a 4-inch blade.

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  18. lg102015 says:

    1. Coats was fired because for violating workplace policy even though he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription.
    2. An employer is unable to fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.
    3. In Colorado marijuana is legal, so employees don’t get fired for going out and using legal substances.
    4. Coats shouldn’t have been fired because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.
    5. It’s unfair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.
    6. Coats wasn’t harming anyone at his job because he was smoking marijuana on his own time and not at work.
    7. Secret Service agents’ swift actions were the reason Omar Gonzalez didn’t penetrate deep into the White House.
    8. The Secret Service is being compelled to explain its actions because how the breach occurred is under question not because of how the way it responded to the breach of the White House.
    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson’s incompetence might cost her her job, but won’t be fired because of her testimony before Congress yesterday.
    10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder.

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  19. kraemercali says:

    1. Coats was fired, but not for using marijuana as a drug. He was fired for violating workplace policy.

    2. An employer can not fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.

    3. Employees are able to go out and have a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.

    4. Coats should have been protected because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.

    5. It is unfair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.

    6. Coats was harmless at his job in regards to smoking marijuana because he did it on his own time and not at work.

    7. Omar Gonzalez didn’t penetrate deep into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.

    8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but they are being questioned on how the breach occurred.

    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson won’t be fired because of her testimony before Congress yesterday, however her incompetence might cost her her job.

    10. Secret Service agents were unable to use deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.

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  20. lovericeandnoodles says:

    1. Coats was fired but not for using marijuana as a drug. He was fired for violating workplace policy.
    2. An employer can not fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.
    3. Employees don’t get fired for going out and having a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.

    4. Coats shouldn’t have been fired because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis, but for violating workplace policy.

    5. It is unfair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.

    6. Coats wasn’t harming anyone at his job by smoking marijuana on his own time and not at work.

    7. Omar Gonzalez didn’t penetrate deep into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.

    8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.

    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson won’t be fired because of her testimony before Congress yesterday. Her incompetence might cost her her job though.

    10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.

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  21. smellycat23 says:

    1. Coats was fired, not for using the legal drug of marijuana, for which he had a prescription for, but for violating workplace policy.
    2. A person with anxiety, who is taking the correct medicine, can not be fired by their employer.
    3. When employees go out and have a few beers, they won’t get fired because alcohol is legal.
    4. Coats was trying to beat the pain he endured on a daily basis and should not have been fired.
    5. He was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana so it is not fair to discriminate against him.
    6. Coats was smoking marijuana on his own time and not at work so he was not harming anyone at his job.
    7. Omar Gonzalez penetrated into the White House but was stopped by the swift actions of Secret Service agents.
    8. How the breach occurred is under question, but because of the way The Secret Service responded, they are not compelled to explain its actions.
    9. The testimony of Secret Service chief, Julia Pierson, won’t get her fired but her incompetence might cost her her job.
    10. The intruder was carrying a knife with a four in blade, but that was not the reason why the Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder.

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  22. compclass8 says:

    1. Coats was fired because he was violating workplace policy not because he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription.

    2. When taking the correct medication to deal with anxiety, an employer isn’t able to fire a person for that reason.

    3. Alcohol is legal so employees don’t get fired for going out and having a few beers after work and in Colorado so is marijuana.

    4. Coats shouldn’t have been fired from trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.

    5. He was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana so it’s not fair to discriminate against him because of that.

    6. Coats was smoking marijuana and doing it on his own time and not at work so he wasn’t harming anyone at his job.

    BACKGROUND FOR 7-10: The director of the Secret Service ordered an internal review of its security procedures around the White House after a man armed with a knife who jumped the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday night managed to make his way through the front door of President Obama’s home before being stopped, officials said Saturday.

    7. Omar Gonzalez declined to penetrate deep into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.

    8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.

    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson incompetence might cost her her job.

    10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder.

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  23. lelebxby says:

    1. Coats was fired not for using legal prescriptive marijuana, but for violating workplace policies.
    2. If a person is taking the correct medication to deal with the issue of anxiety, the employer should not be able to fire them.
    3. Employees don’t get fired for going out and having a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.
    4. Since Coats was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis, he shouldn’t have been fired.
    5. It’s not fair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.
    6. Coats wasn’t harming anyone at his job because he was smoking marijuana but he was doing so on his own time and not at work.
    BACKGROUND FOR 7-10: The director of the Secret Service ordered an internal review of its security procedures around the White House after a man armed with a knife who jumped the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday night managed to make his way through the front door of President Obama’s home before being stopped, officials said Saturday.
    7. Omar Gonzalez didn’t penetrate deep into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.
    8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.
    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson won’t be fired because of her testimony before Congress yesterday. Her incompetence might cost her her job though.
    10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.
    (Still Editing)

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  24. bestbaker123 says:

    1. Coats was fired because he violated the workplace policy.
    2. Employees can’t fire a person who takes correct medication to treat anxiety.
    3. Employees can’t fire someone for drinking beer and smoking marijuana, because they are both legal.
    4. Coats should have been fired but not for using drugs to treat his pain.
    5. It’s unfair to discriminate against Coats because he used drugs to help his muscle spasms.

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  25. 1. Coats was fired for violating workplace policy. He was using drugs in the workplace, though legal was just not appropriate in that setting.

    2. An employer is able to fire a person, however they cannot fire someone for using prescription drugs.

    3. Employees can get fired for having a few beers at work which is legal in Colorado as well as the use of marijuana.

    4. Coats should have not been fired because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.

    5. It is unfair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.

    6. Coats was smoking marijuana but he was doing so on his own time and not at work. No one was harmed in this process.

    BACKGROUND FOR 7-10: The director of the Secret Service ordered an internal review of its security procedures around the White House after a man armed with a knife who jumped the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday night managed to make his way through the front door of President Obama’s home before being stopped, officials said Saturday.

    7. Omar Gonzalez penetrated through the White House fence, but was stopped due to the swift actions of the secret service agents.

    8. The Secret Service is being questioned on how the incident occured, but not for their swift action in the situation.

    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson may be fired because her incompetence, but not because of her testimony in front of congress.

    10. Secret Service agents were smart in the use of not implementing deadly force in this situation.

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  26. iamsleepy01 says:

    1. Coats was fired not because he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription. He was fired because for violating workplace policy.

    2. An employer isn’t able to fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.

    3. Employees don’t get fired for going out and having a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.

    4. Coats should have been fired not because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.

    5. It’s unfair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.

    6. Coats wasn’t harming anyone at his job by smoking marijuana on his own time and not at work.

    BACKGROUND FOR 7-10: The director of the Secret Service ordered an internal review of its security procedures around the White House after a man armed with a knife who jumped the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday night managed to make his way through the front door of President Obama’s home before being stopped, officials said Saturday.

    7. Omar Gonzalez didn’t penetrate deep into the White House by the swift actions of Secret Service agents.

    8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.

    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson will be fired not because of her testimony before Congress yesterday. Her incompetence might cost her her job though.

    10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.

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  27. 1. Coats was fired but not for using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription. He was fired because he was violating workplace policy.

    2. An employer is prohibited from firing a person who has anxiety since they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.

    3. Employees can go out and have a few beers after work since it is legal and don’t get fired for it, but in Colorado marijuana is also legal.

    4. Coats was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.

    5. It’s unfair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.

    6. Coats was smoking marijuana on his own time and not at work and not harming anyone at his job.

    7. Due to the swift actions of Secret Service agents, Omar Gonzalez did not penetrate into the White House.

    8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.

    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson won’t be fired due to her testimony before Congress yesterday. Her incompetence might cost her her job though.

    10. The intruder was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade therefore deadly force was not used by Secret Service agents.

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  28. lazybear8 says:

    1. Coats was fired for violating workplace policy even though he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription.

    2. An employer cannot fire a person who is taking the correct medication to deal with anxiety.

    3. Employees don’t get fired for the use of legal substances and in Colorado marijuana is legal.

    4. Coats shouldn’t have been fired because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.

    5. It’s unfair to discriminate against him.

    6. Coats wasn’t harming anyone at his job because he was smoking marijuana but he was doing so on his own time and not at work.

    7. Omar Gonzalez didn’t penetrate deep into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.

    8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain how the breach occurred.

    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson may be fired because of her incompetence.

    10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder.

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  29. gcatt310 says:

    1. Coats was fired because he violated workplace policy.
    2. An employer is prohibited to fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.
    3. In Colorado marijuana is legalized as well as alcohol.
    4. Coats was trying to ease the pain he endured everyday.
    5. It is unfair to discriminate against him.
    6. He was not harming anyone at his job by smoking marijuana on his own time.
    7. The secret service prevented Omar Gonzalez from penetrating deep into the White House.
    8. The Secret Service is not responding to the breach under question.
    9. Julia Pierson’s incompetence might cost her her job.
    10. The intruder was carrying a 4 inch blade so deadly was not necessary.

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