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Hamilton will not stay on the field enough games to warrant $25 million and Pujols was on a decline before the Angels gave him $25 million per year over the next 10 years. In three years, the Angels will be in a deep hole with below average players, a mediocre pitching staff, and a fickle fan base. They will regret throwing away all of their future on these three players.
Letting Reyes go was a smart thing to do for the Mets because he was unreliable. He spent many many days and games on the DL the last several years he was with the Mets. He won a batting title by luck. He was injured just enough to keep him out of the lineup for enough games than he did not drop another 25 points in his average. He was already coming back to his normal self before he was injured and continued to drop back to the pack when healthy. Letting him sign a multi million dollar, multi-year contract with the Marlins was the best thing for the Mets and as you can see, it was a great thing for the Marlins as well.
Dickey is another matter altogether. I think he was the best pitcher the Mets have had since the early years of Dwight Gooden. However, the unpredictability of the future performance of any Knuckleballer, trading Dickey was a business decision that will, or should, prove to benefit the Mets greatly in the future. After all, they needed a "good" catcher badly and if one of the other prospects pans out, the Mets will look like geniuses. As a side note, Dickey never was a "hard thrower." At best, he was mediocre and had to learn the knuckleball to survive in baseball. His knuckleball is not your average knuckleball, not "a silly slow pitch." In fact, his knuckleball tops out in the low to mid 80s, which is no worse than Gregg Maddux and Tom Glavin threw in the latter parts of their careers.
Keeping Wright was a great move if he can regain his superstar status. He is without a doubt the best player the Mets have had on their roster since Gary Carter and the best third baseman ever to play for them.
What really bugs be about this entire article is that it appears to be written by someone who knows very little about the ins and outs of baseball. Someone who used the names and statistics available to him and knows very little about the actual players involved in any of these deals. I am sorry to state that but I believe it is true and the entire article is full of erroneous and misstated supposition.
It is amazing how far the Patriot football program has come in the time Coach has been here. With the help of the Sandhills Optimist, and the many more volunteers from the Sandhills Patriots program, our community should be proud of how far the program has come in such a short time. I am sitting here wearing my Partiots shirt, handed out one season at Terry Sanford HS, when there was talk of cancelling the entire season. Anyone who has spent anytime around the program, would see the hours Coach Metzger puts in for our youth. I have seen him at the school all day Saturday and after church on Sundays. The kids work hard and so do the coaches, as well as the countless volunteers and parents who help make the program successful.
As Republicans in Moore County, to not support this issue publicly is a political death penalty. These guys are doing what is necessary to assure they will be reelected or at the very least, keep their CONSERVATIVE legacy. When in fact, there is only one TRUE conservative on this entire board.
Simply put, those who believe that government has no right to interfere with a person's religion are the same ones who believe that it is perfectly ok for them to do so in this instance. Those who believe that government has a legitimate right to interfere with religion in schools, believe that government has no right to interfere in religion in this instance. Both sides are being contradictory and can not see it and both believe that the other is wrong.
I am not denying that I, as we all do, have issues that some will not agree with. Such is life. As a middle of the road, Right Leaning, Conservative, I am a little different than many. I really do not care who marries who. I just do not want my children and grandchildren to witness this and think that it is perfectly normal behavior. I raise my children as Christians and as such, Homosexuality is a practice condemned by my God. That said, it is not up to me to condemn someone who engages in this behavior. That is God's territory. I do not care who you marry, flirt with, hug, kiss, rub against, as long as my children do not have to witness it.
I just say, "WHY IS THIS BEING CONSIDERED AS A PART OF A GOVERNMENTAL CONSTITUTION?" If the Liberal nuts say that we can not PRAY in school, why is this religious issue being treated differently? Those on the Right think that it is just stupid that prayer has been removed from our schools and many argue that Government has no right to govern religion in school. These same people say that this particular instance of Government interfering in religion is perfectly legitimate. On the other hand, those who believe that the Government has a legitimate right to ban religion in our schools say that they have no legitimate right to ban Gay Marriage.
As the scholar Mr Forrest Gump quoted, "My Mama says, Stupid is as Stupid does." I do believe that this issue has brought out the "Stupid" from the Left and the Right.
I want to know why this is important enough that it has to be part of our NC Constitution. I just do not get that part. I know it is a serious issue and evidently very important to many North Carolinians. I support its premise, that of marriage being between a man and a woman. I just do not see where it belongs on any constitution.
The truth of the matter is that the subject of the Amendment really has no effect on my life at all. Why am I against this type of union? I am not sure if I am a Homophobe or if I am just intolerant of this lifestyle choice. I believe it is neither, I could be wrong. I really do not care if a person wants to be with a partner who is of the opposite sex or the same sex. I think it is more that I am scared that my children and grandchildren might witness some form of Homosexual behavior and think that it is perfectly normal and acceptable behavior. If they do not witness such actions, I am not going to have to explain what it is all about, not that I could anyway.
When it all comes down to it, I guess I am just scared of the whole issue. As a heterosexual father and grandfather, I just do not want my family to have to deal with such divisive issues. I do not want my loved ones to have to deal with the hatred and confusion they would have to deal with, not only within themselves but from others as well, if they had to confront this issue. Not that I would disown them if they came to me and told me that they had leanings one way or another. We have very little in this world that would or should come between a person and their family.
The Bible says that Homosexual behavior is not an acceptable form of behavior. One can not pick and choose what parts of the Bible he or she wishes to obey. I do believe that it is up to God and not me to dole out judgement and punishment to those who choose this lifestyle. Therefore, as long as it is kept in private, those who engage in this behavior will not be openly judged by me. I know I said openly, you can infer whatever you wish, I really do not care.
I reiterate, Exactly why is this an issue that belongs in any official Government Constitution? This is a religious issue, plain and simply put. I am a Southern Baptist and there is very little misunderstanding as to our official standing on the issue of Homosexuality. Again, I wholly agree with the premise of the Amendment and think it is a good way to view and to live one's life. But, WHY is it acceptable to be included in an Amendment to any official Government Constitution? Please do not answer that question as if I seriously want you to tell me why it should be in some Constitution. This was a rhetorical question and not one I want to hear your answer to. This is just my opinion and not a subject in which I will enter into a debate.
For all of you baseball fans, you can not go wrong if you go out to watch any of our local high school teams. I love the game and have seen both Union Pines and Pinecrest play more than once this season. I have to say that we are blessed with some of the best hitters in the state. You can go to Union Pines and watch the Collins brothers play some of the best baseball in the state or go to Pinecrest and watch the smooth swing of Matt Eddy and the all out play of the Embler brothers. Which ever of these teams you choose to watch, you are in for a treat. Coach Hill and Coach Hewitt do a magnificent job preparing their teams. Watching them play each other is exciting but, someone has to lose and that is unfortunate. This year, they split the two games they played against each other and there was some real offense displayed in those games. I would have loved to see Nic Collins hit a little more in those games but, after two home runs in the first game, I understand why Coach Hewitt chose to issue him five consecutive intentional walks.
Pick a game to go out and watch these young men play some real entertaining baseball. You will enjoy the time you spend at the games.
The guys calling the game on the net called the Tournament the Daquain Towns show. That was pretty neat.
I am not a big basketball guy but, I watched the last ten minutes of this game and it was Awesome. I will be in front of my computer tonight to watch the Championship. I have to say, even the men who are announcing the games are very impressed with the guys from the Sandhills.
"The one point that our side is adamant on is that health care coverage provided by employers uses the employees' dollars. Always. That is not a gift; it's part of the compensation package along with such things as vacation pay and contributions to a 401(k) or pension plan."
Jim, you make a valid point here and because of this, I make a apology to all women for that part of my post to Mr. Levy's article where I said that private companies should not be required to pay for birth control. You are right, we pay for our insurance, at least some if not all of it, and we should be able to decide what will be covered. I stand corrected.
I still can not believe that Limbaugh believes he is anything "Intellectual." Let alone an "Intellectual Engine" of the Right. I stand by my earlier statement.
'It humors me that Rush Limbaugh thinks he is the "Intellectual engine" of anything. It scares me that he may be right.' At least in this instance
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