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    Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    Tuesday Talkback

    These moaners have a fever, and the only prescription is more talkback.

    "This would be a better world if Noah would have left only one Republican for the ark."
    -- Willoughby


    This would be a better world -- without dissent.  Nice.  Without the party of Lincoln.  Fantastic.  Without the party of Strom Thurmond.  Oh, well both parties would be gone then.  Without Glenn Beck.  Oh, well, um... got me there.  

    "Isn't it about time the politicians do what's right for the country and not their party? The way it's going now one party could have a cure for cancer and the other party would veto it."
    -- Cleveland


    Somehow America became the greatest country in the world having, throughout most of its history, a two party political system.  And let's be fair here -- if one party did have the cure for cancer, the other wouldn't veto it -- instead they'd just spend a lot of money and effort convincing people that having cancer is an essential part of freedom.  The Founding Fathers didn't have a cure for cancer, after all. 

    "Everybody is trying to pass laws about people using cell phones and texting. Yet at the auto show for 2010 you can get computers in your dashboard. I don't get it."
    -- No city

    For the same reason we have speed limits and make cars that exceed them -- the auto manufacturers are giving us what we want.

    "More red lights should be blinking after 11 p.m. We could save a lot of gas not sitting at some of these lights."
    -- Cleveland

    I don't know how much gas you'll save -- if you are going to come to a complete stop before proceeding. But being a sitting target on an empty street late at night in a bad part of town seems like a better reason.  And also just to save time.  Of course, blinking red lights would probably cut into the revenue for the city -- so we can't have that.

    "I was disgusted to read The Plan Dealer article regarding Prashant Chopra's probation for failing to register as a sexual predator. Frankie Goldberg is right: 'No one is above the law.' Judge Stuart Friedman likens his failure to register as sexual predator to 'forgetting to send a relative a birthday card.' Friedman's decision to let Chopra remain free was 'based on fairness, not special treatment.' I don't think so. As a mother of four children, this article really hit me hard. Why do judges such as Friedman refuse to protect our children?"
    -- Westlake

    Here is the article.  Are judges obligated to child-proof the world?  This guy was convicted as a result of a sting operation.  No actual child was hurt.  According to the article, this guy moved from Cleveland Heights to the Warehouse District downtown -- and nowhere near Westlake.  If this guy were coming for your kids in Westlake, what is registering his present address downtown going to change?  The law, such as it is, should be followed -- but think, Westlake moaner. 

    "Regarding the article about Bill Mason and his 'former' employee: So, Bill Mason sees no ethical problem with an ex-employee receiving over $1 million in no-bid contracts? Just how is anyone to believe that this wasn't more of the pay-to-play corruption that has stymied this county? This, coupled with the article a few months back where Bill Mason's current employees have 'contributed' over $100,000 to his campaign, smells of corruption [and] back-door politics."
    -- Cleveland Heights


    I'm not going to tell you I know something more or something better than what has already been publicly released.  But I will say this: there is a saying that friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.  When you are in public office, especially a high profile office, and especially an office whose very role is to go after crime and corruption, anything that tarnishes your image, especially something that is self-inflicted, that too will accumulate.  It stains you and you wear that stain till the electorate turns to someone fresh and new.   

    "Why is the United States Marine Corps sponsoring NBA games on television? Could the money be better spent to help veterans and their families?"
    -- Bay Village


    No.  It is called marketing.  They need fresh blood. 

    "With a 6-to-1 ratio of unemployed vs. jobs available, why is anybody (Sen. George Voinovich and others) talking once again about raising the age you can collect Social Security? Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. The young begrudge us our jobs. The government begrudges us our Social Security. All wrapped up in a recession that forces early retirement and financial ruin."
    -- Euclid


    Want to rethink those death panels, anyone?  Just for this moaner?

    Social security was never a retirement plan.  It was only supposed to keep the oldest among us, those whose long lives exceeded the typical life span yet were physically unable to labor, from being completely destitute.   

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    Blogger Audient said ... (8:58 AM, January 26, 2010) : 

    I have another thought on our Westlake moaner and Mr. Chopra. This man committed his crime using the internet. Knowing that, how useful is the address registry in his case? Sure, we might like to know if this guy is living on our street, but really, what you want to know is whether your kids are chatting with him online. And no registry is going to change your responsibility to pay attention to what your kids are doing on the internet.

     

    Anonymous Medical Alert Jewelry said ... (10:00 AM, January 26, 2010) : 

    nice posting

     

    Blogger Kate Anne said ... (2:57 PM, January 26, 2010) : 

    Your comment about the Marine Corps needing "fresh blood" was chillingly apt. (Glad to see Tuesday Talkback back :-)

     

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