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    Tuesday, November 27, 2007

    Tuesday Talkback

    Let them moan, I'm talking back.

    “I’m a letter carrier for the post office. Most of us would like to skip lunch and go home a half-hour early, but management won’t let us do it. So, instead we sit in our trucks with the engines running for half an hour to run the heat and keep warm. So now you know where your rate increases come from.” — Brook Park

    I doubt this person is a letter carrier at all. This person is someone who observes a letter carrier sit in his truck every day for half an hour with the engine running and gets mad about it, and wants to tie it to the price of stamps. The letter carriers have a union if they really want to fight for optional lunch.

    “My face always lights up when I hear my grandchildren sing the popular nursery rhyme, ‘The itsy bitsy spider,’ especially since I have taught my children and grandchildren to respect all life forms, to be gentle and kind, and to remember that all living beings, including us, are sharing the same web of life and that when one being is hurt, other beings are affected. When there is so much destruction and cruelty in the world, Regina Brett discusses gory versions of how to kill spiders in graphic detail, not only in a past article, but again in one published on Nov. 15, 2007. Very sad!” — Cleveland

    You think what she does to spiders is bad, you should see what she does to cell phones. The woman is ruthless. We can look forward to a whole series of columns about the things that Regina Brett smashes to pass her days.

    “My moan is in regards to the ‘Patch Mobiles.’ Does anyone remember them? They were the street repair machines that made temporary repairs that were better, and stronger than the original material. We, of the city of Cleveland, paid for them, yet, our cars are being ruined by the horrible streets. I wish someone would use their brains and get things going in the direction we need.” — Cleveland

    I hear "Patch Mobile" and I picture an ice cream truck that rides around the neighborhoods passing out transdermal patches.

    “I am tired of health care. It puts a burden on family and employer. Everyone should boycott the industry. Health care is responsible for the problems with Social Security; keeping people alive longer than ever expected just for profit. Why is everyone so afraid of dying? If we are primarily Christians, then we should have no issue with dying. Would you rather go to heaven when God pulls your number or sit in a nursing home soiling yourself while doctors get richer? ‘What would Jesus do?’” — No city

    Executive summary: let's boycott the system and die.

    As for what Jesus would do, what relevance does that have here? But since you asked, he'd hang from his cross, die, then rise again. Kinda like Dennis Kucinich. But that isn't the basis for a health care plan.

    “Since OPEC likes to gouge us for oil, the next time one of those sheiks comes over to the Cleveland Clinic for surgery, tell them the bill just got jacked up by 1,000 percent.” — Streetsboro

    Maybe that already happened and the higher oil prices are the result? Whatev. The sheik can go elsewhere for his surgery -- are you going to stop using oil?

    Let’s give advertisers a real running shot at Christmas and move Thanksgiving to the 5th of July and see how long it will really, really last.” — Strongsville

    HEY, I ALREADY THOUGHT OF THAT. Well, something like that.

    “For those who can’t afford cable, being a Cavs’ fan is tough, since three quarters of the games are on cable. Give us a break.” — North Royalton

    The Cavs are in it for the money. If you can't even afford cable, they have no use for you.

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    Blogger James said ... (8:58 AM, November 27, 2007) : 

    The whole Oil thing just kills me.

    I was talking to Ktown over the weekend about this very issue. Cleveland has a public transportation system. Cleveland has busses. Cleveland has "car pool lots". Cleveland even has a train system. Is any of it perfect? Nope, but at least it is an option. So the next time you complain and pass one of those lots where you can leave your car, maybe you should think again.

    If the gas is too expensive, then maybe you should just not use it, or at least limit it. Will it be a pain in the ass? Sure, but it is not necessary to do it.

     

    Blogger anne said ... (9:57 AM, November 27, 2007) : 

    A few health care moaner fallacies:

    1. Health care is a burden - so is getting sick. Have you ever been sick and without insurance? There's a burden for you. How about your employer who has to cover for you when you are out sick? Burdensome.

    2. Keeping people alive longer than expected - Expected by whom? I expect to live to be 100, so if I live to be 99, that's not longer than expected. Audient, on the other hand, only expects to live to be 70, so he will most likely live longer than expected.

    3. We are primarily Christians - where, in your house? In your neighborhood? And what makes you think that non-Christians fear dying anymore than Christians?

    4. We will all be sitting in nursing homes soiling ourselves - if I have to wear a diaper when I'm 97 just to have the chance to hang out with my great-grandkids, bring on the Depends. What do you care what happens to ME when I'm 97? It's nunya business. Are you just worried that your kids will stick you in a nursing home and leave you there?

    5. Doctors are getting richer - true, some doctors make oodles of money, but many of them make a decent living and the rest of their salaries goes to enormous malpractice insurance from all the lawsuits. If they have bigger paychecks than you, it's because they spend 4yrs in college, 4yrs in med school, 4yrs (or more) in residency, and up to 2 more yrs doing fellowships before their first jobs. And then they spend the next 10-20yrs paying off the loans for all that schooling.

     

    Blogger Audient said ... (10:27 AM, November 27, 2007) : 

    I might add that only one of the top five countries the US gets its crude oil and petroleum from is in the Middle East -- Saudi Arabia.

    So to that fool who wants to jack up medical care on sheiks: just how many sheiks are there in Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and Nigeria?

    And for those keeping score: we import more from Canada than from Saudi Arabia.

    http://www.eia.doe.gov/pub/oil_gas/petroleum/data_publications/company_level_imports/current/import.html

    As for public transportation -- the much ballyhoo'd Euclid Corridor project brings a new busline that runs between Public Square and the Windermere train station. Making it very duplicative of the red line train. So, if you are at Windermere in East Cleveland and want to go downtown, you can take the new Silver bus line, or the old Red Line. For that, we destroyed Euclid Avenue and almost every business on it. Shit.

    Anne, 70 is a nice number. But like I said before, I reserve the right to extend that number. I may yet decide that sitting around in my own feces is preferable to dying.

     

    Blogger Kristen said ... (4:08 PM, November 27, 2007) : 

    The issue with the public transport is its limitations to areas. Unless we're talking downtown, its not really very helpful. That being said, why can't we just boycott cars downtown? Its very simple to get downtown from any direction be it train or bus. That would save a nice chunk of change.

    Cleveland also currently has a free downtown circulator. How many people knew that? You can get around downtown for free.

     

    Blogger Audient said ... (5:33 PM, November 27, 2007) : 

    We already have a public policy against driving to downtown -- with every red light camera and speed camera the city of Cleveland installed.

    And now I learn my tax dollars are paying for a bus I'm not riding while the people who are riding it aren't paying any fare for it. Yes, I am being snide. I think its great that no one has to panhandle a fare for the downtown circular.

    But I do agree that there should be more public transportation available in more places. Which is while I was disappointed to learn that the Euclid Corridor Project goes right up to Windermere, which is already serviced by the Red Line rapid.

    This so-called Silver Line could have gone up Cedar Hill, along Euclid Heights Blvd, and then terminated at Severance Town Center. How useful that would have been -- park at Severance, take the Silver Line downtown. And people at Windermere would have been covered, because the Silver Line bus could stop at the University Circle stop on the Red Line at the bottom of Cedar Hill. But no.

    And for the record: when I lived at Shaker Square, I took the train to work downtown every day. And I liked it. The only time I ever drove downtown was when I had somewhere to go directly after work that required the use of the car. Which wasn't all that often.

     

    Blogger Mr. Bebout said ... (8:54 AM, November 28, 2007) : 

    Yes yes yes. there are buses and trains and all manner of other way to get where you are going besides driving in the car. But riding a bus, unless you are told you can't has nothign to do with the American dream.
    I am sick and tired of people in the US trying tell us that we are waistful whiney people who should be happy with what we already have.
    That we should accept imposed limitations on our personal behaviors and spending. Without the US the oil producing nations would go broke. Withou my gas hopg of a truck and willingness to drice it anywhere I want to go and leave it run to keep the heat up while I run in to 7-11 for a slushy and the millions of my fellow Americans who do the same the world economy would take a shit.
    So go ahead and ride the bus, take the train, flap your arms up and down and pray to get lift off, but don't get on my ass for helping to keep the world in the black.

     

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