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Posted on July 17 at 10:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What about religious rights? What about states' rights? The only point scored here is for meddling in the affairs of other people. You want to believe in non-genetic-based bathroom rights, have at it. Other people get to have their beliefs, too.

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Posted on July 16 at 1:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why can't we count on people in public office to follow the law? It's an epidemic.

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Posted on July 14 at 7:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As the Gazette points out in yesterday's story at
"At the new Bornt branch, access is limited to hours of operations, Bradley said, but the rural Quaker branch in Delanson still has 24-hour access. Bradley said they plan to maintain the 24-hour access at that branch, which has limited hours and serves a rural population with fewer internet access options."

That kind of undermines the Gazette's position that when it's closed, it's closed. In fact, the disparate policies between Central and Quaker could be evidence of disparate impact discrimination. If more minority members are downtown than near Quaker, the policy is indirectly discriminatory.

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Posted on July 14 at 10:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Looming teacher shortages because of low salaries? What a joke. First, file a FOIL request with your school district and find out what every teacher and administrator earned last year. Then file a FOIL request with the county to find out what master degree workers earn. Then ask a local private school for its teacher salary range. Don't forget to compare the benefits.

Public education salaries have nothing to do with anything except greed.

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Posted on July 14 at 10:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Additionally, if the county hired an off-duty deputy to patrol the library between closing and daylight, the cost per patron and the cost per item accessed via the Internet would be way, way below the daytime costs. More stuff, lower costs. Not exactly the Gazette business model, but laudable.

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Posted on July 14 at 10:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Libraries should be open 24/7. They aren't because of cost. So, when technology enables them to be open 24/7 at no cost, and to provide vasts amounts of entertainment and information well beyond the physical size of the collection, Gazette editors say, "Shut it down. Shut it down."

Why? Because of security concerns? This is absurd. The library is right next to the police station. If it can't be secure 24/7, what place in the entire county can be? Put up a couple of security cameras tied directly to the police station, a couple of warning signs and turn the library parking lot into an all-night learning and fun zone. Obviously, there is a demand. Why shouldn't government strive to meet it?

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Posted on July 10 at 9:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

In 1990, the Ohio prosecutor's office in which I was an assistant prosecutor, required all police departments in our jurisdiction to tape record every interview. The duty of prosecutors (aka district attorneys) is not just to obtain convictions, but to obtain fair convictions without ever convicting the innocent.

Recordings not only protect the process of investigating crimes, they also provide learning opportunities for police and prosecutors to improve their techniques and to conform their practices to law. They are essential to the highest standards of criminal justice and I am SHOCKED that the FBI doesn't record their interviews, as we learned in Congressional testimony regarding Hillary Clinton.

Justice requires recordings. No exceptions.

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Posted on July 10 at 9:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ditto what muggy said. It is not Government's job to save my life. In fact, it is Government's job, to give me as much liberty as possible so I may live my life as I choose. Your confiscatory taxes on tobacco are quite sufficient to deter smoking.

I do not smoke. I fully support those who do. In fact, if they want to smoke in their homes, their cars, in the parks and on the sidewalks, I'm fine with that. If they want to smoke in bars and casinos, that's great. I'm even willing to pay my share of any collective increase in health care costs because liberty is not free.

There is not end to the argument that we must oppress all people even if it saves one life. Get off our backs. Give people the education they need to make good choices and leave the decisions up to them.

Vote NO.

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Posted on July 10 at 9:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's a history test, not a current events test.

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Posted on July 8 at 3:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Exactly right, Marty Shanty.

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