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Letters to the Editor for Aug. 30

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Economy didn’t tank overnight, will take bipartisan effort to fix Re Vito Spinelli’s Aug. 24 letter criticizing the current administration’s handling of our economic problems, I look at it this way: In dieting, if it only took one week to put on 40 pounds, then by all means, it should only take one week to take 40 pounds off. If it had only taken four years to create the situation we find our country’s economy ...

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Will1960
August 30, 2012
7:10 a.m.

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@ Raymond Pickens

Thank you for your thoughtful letter. It's quite apparent you see the bigger picture of this issue. Many voters(and Bloggers on this website) only have limited capacity to grasp the broader ramafications that effects not just the prisoners, but their children, the prison staff and the community at large. Until our elected leaders delvelop some spine and are willing to take on the ubiquidous "get-tough" mentality, more of these stupid laws will be passed. This lack of leadership leads to so many wasteful and counterproductive policies. But you can count on hearing more of these emotional, feel good platitudes come election time.

I'm sure I'll get ripped as a bleeding heart for this posting. But show me the data that proves me wrong. Show me some proof other than the anicdotel evidence or your own experinces.

wmarincic
August 30, 2012
7:32 a.m.

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Maybe we are not tough enough will1960... Three healthy meals per day, pay for some job in prison that they can use for commissary, clean clothing, heat in the winter, cable tv, movies. Believe it or not someof these prisoners live better in jail than they did on the street. If you can't do the time don't do the crime......

Will1960
August 30, 2012
8:16 a.m.

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@wmarincic,

Never mentioned anything about doing the time or committing the crime. You completely missed my point. My post praised Raymond Pickens for the reasons he articulated so well in his letter supporting the buses for prisoners' families. Stay on point.

Just because you may believe the bus service is a further codification of prisoners, doesn't negate the positve results that come from providing this service. It's a rare instance of the government spending money wisely. It's also an effective tool for the COs to maintain control of their prisoners since visiting privileges can be revoked if the prisoners get out of line. This program is a win/win except for those "get-tough-on-crime-at-any-cost" types who worry that prisoners might be enjoying living large in the big house.

muggy
August 30, 2012
8:29 a.m.

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The FDA's decision to ban BPA (bisphenol-A) as an additive to plastic is junk science. It was an abomination when County Legislator Angelo Santabarbara pushed through legislation in 2009, citing it as a cause (unproven, of course) of autism.

BPA has been used in plastic as a hardening agent for over 50-years. Millions of children have safely consumed liquids from "sippy-cups."

There have been thousands of peer reviewed studies confirming the safety of BPA use in plastic.

I was told that the trial bar is looking for their next "asbestos money tree" and are shaking the BPA tree as an excuse for austism.

Years down the road, I suspect we'll hear that whatever replaced BPA in our plastics is causing harm to our bodies.

The BPA ban is another example of duplicitous politicians "caring for the children" by increasing the size of our nanny state.

Quite ridiculous.

albright1
August 30, 2012
11:47 a.m.

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Well stated Muggy........

wmarincic
August 30, 2012
1:41 p.m.

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Autism is more likely caused by the floride in drinking water than BPA.

ThePhilistine
August 30, 2012
2:01 p.m.

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Yea why should correction officers who risk their lives at work get paid, on with the free bus for the people who are bleeding the system dry!

biwemple
August 30, 2012
3:07 p.m.

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The political response to BPA in our food supply may be a bit over zealous like a lot of things, but the FDA is still not done assessing whether its a real food safety threat or not. I don't think its 'junk science', it's just not done being studied yet. http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHeal...

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