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Jim Heim - "njc - You live in a fantasy world. If Saddam had weapons of mass destruction (or any of the other evil things Bush was so concerned about) we would know it by now. Our intelligence services and military aren't that incompetent.
And Bush couldn't handle pressure. He was just so wasted after a lifetime of bathing his brain in alcohol and drugs that it looked that way."
So, exactly how many times were you in the Middle East reporting on the lack of chemical weapon atrocities? How many times have you been to Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, or Israel?
I won't bother mentioning how many times I have been there. Suffice it to say that I saw what you were spared from seeing and dealing with in this country. Thank G-d you are so lucky.
Read it. And think about that being your family lying there. Then blame Bush or whoever your latest target is. Keep burying your head in the sand. It's real easy to do when you weren't the one in Kuwait that had to stand and listen to a grandfather cry like a baby because his WHOLE FAMILY was wiped out by Saddam Hussein. Be glad it wasn't yours.
Good article, Deb. You are spot on, consumerism is slowly destroying people.
Hey, it's all relative. We all know there are three sides to a story: yours, mine and everyone else's.
Parents need to be held responsible for this, seeing as that is one of their primary responsibilities. Why are we allowing people to get away with not being parents? What happened to the rules? I see people with kids in bars all the damn time. I never brought my daughter into an establishment that primarily served alcohol and neither did my parents. Today it seems to be the norm.
Statistically, the number one killer of children is car accidents. I say we ban all adults from allowing kids to ride in cars. That should solve the problem.
No one wants to talk about the elephant in the room: lack of accountability. If people are held accountable for their actions (or lack of, for that matter), I think we would see a lot less "accidental" anything......
I spend $200 per month on groceries (including toiletries) as a retired military individual and eat rather well. I am not sure what the point of this article is. By the way, a household of 1 adult and 2 children receives $526 a month max benefits. That is a decent chunk of change for groceries. I certainly do not think anyone on this program is going hungry. They may not be eating their favorite junk foods, but they are given the ability to eat good, nutritious foods. Whether they do or not is totally "on their plate".
Twice that I know of for sure:
1) Wounded Knee
2) Lousiana - Hurricane Katrina
One of the fine folks in downtown SP was out with his dog (a rambunctious chocolate lab mix) on a retractable lead Friday night. As I was standing outside of Cup of Flow talking to a friend, this dog come running over and proceeds to wrap the lead around my legs. Once the owner got him untangled and moved on, a kid comes by on a skate board. I stepped to the side to allow him to pass, and what is bolting down the sidewalk right behind him? The chocolate lab, dragging the flexilead down the sidewalk behind him.
I am probably wrong here, but most of the people that have been on long term public assistance are living in section 8 housing and I was under the impression that the rent was already paid directly for them. The SNAP program issues these folks cards already. I think if we did put all of their Federal assistance on one card and limit what the card was capable of doing, we would indeed solve a bigger problem. Thing is, if people want drugs bad enough, they will get them, and cash isn't the only bargaining chip, trust me on that.
No one takes anyone else seriously when all they do is sling insults at each other. Can we all just loose a little of the ego and start having discussions that are meaningful and less prone to referring to each other in pejoratives? No one has all the answers, and the people in this country spend way too much time arguing over who is right or wrong to actually accomplish what we should be now, which is to get the terrorist situation under control.
”Those who give up their liberty for more security neither deserve liberty nor security.” -
Good letter. I agree that people need to be more cautious when it comes to their dogs. I hate flexileads, that tells me that the dogs owner does not have any consideration or concern for those around them. For one, some people are afraid of dogs. Some of us, like the author, have a rescue that is not always good around other dogs. Sometimes she is fine, others I am not so sure. I keep her on a short lead and pay lots of attention to other dog walkers. Unfortunately other owners seem to think because their dog is "friendly" with other dogs that it is perfectly acceptable to allow them to approach at almost a run (because the lead is so long they cannot control them adequately). This looks like aggression to my dog, who will lash out to "protect" me. I do my best to keep our walks to times when I feel there is less dog traffic out and if I see someone with a dog on a flexilead I will literally cross the street to avoid them. I sincerely wish that people would consider outs around them more often.
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