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Posted on July 27 at 9:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And when did Bill Ayers "blow up the Pentagon?" You are entitled to your owon opinion, but certainly not your own facts.

From: Letters to the Editor for July 27

Posted on July 27 at 9:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Will Romney also release his college transcripts? Did George W. Bush ever release his? Obama was the first president in my 63-plus years of following politics that has ever been asked to produce a birth certificate.


Q: Did Barack and Michelle Obama “surrender” their law licenses to avoid ethics charges?

A: No. A court official confirms that no public disciplinary proceeding has ever been brought against either of them, contrary to a false Internet rumor. By voluntarily inactivating their licenses, they avoid a requirement to take continuing education classes and pay hundreds of dollars in annual fees. Both could practice law again if they chose to do so.

And I don't call people names because of the political candidates they choose. If you want to call people stupid, that's your choice. I don't engage in name calling.

From: Letters to the Editor for July 27

Posted on July 25 at 4:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Obama spent his formative years in Seattle? How far was that from Hawaii? How could he have been in Hawaii, with Frank Davis as his mentor, if he was hanging out with radical leftists in Seattle? Also, my parents were rabid Nixonian Republicans who were embarassed by my involvement in protesting the Vietnam war. So does that mean that I was just like them?

The Affordable Care Act is not the reason your insurance skyrocketed; your insurance carrier is the reason, because it is trying to reap all the profits it can. ALL health insurance has gone up over the past several years--just ask ANYONE who has health insurance. The Affordable Care Act doesn't take full effect until 2014, which is when you MIGHT see some assiatnce. But it has had an effect on the so-called "donut hole" for Medicare patients, and, next week, some provisions for women with private health insurance will go into effect on August 1.

Do you know about the anti-fraud provisions in the Affordable Care Act?

We need to have universal health care, and that would solve all of your problems, wmarincic. That's what they have in Canada, and my Canadian friends all like it (guess they're all radicals! Communists! Leftists! Quelle dommage! Oh, I speak French, like Mitt! Je suis un communiste, n'est-ce-pas?).

And I listen to "Morning Joe" every morning. There's no one more conservative than he is. I do so because I want to hear "certain conservative speakers whenever possible," because I am interested in everyone's point of view. That is what we need in this country--civil discourse, as in what I hear on "Morning Joe" every day. I don't agree with him philosophically, of course, but he says, "You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts." Revisionist history does not work.

From: Letters to the Editor for July 25

Posted on July 17 at 12:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

cfield and Bill Dennison--you are absolutely right on the pension issue. But cfield--did you mean "coffers," and not "coiffures"? I think you meant to say coffers and not refer to hairstyles. You gave me a good laugh for the day!

From: Letters to the Editor for July 17

Posted on July 10 at 1:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr. Johnson--How does it violate your freedom of religion? If you don't believe in birth control, don't use it. Period. But it should be available for those who do believe in it.

From: Letters to the Editor for July 10

Posted on June 25 at 2:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The government is not dispensing the pill. The government is asking for equality for all people who are employed everywhere. If a benefit is available through an insurance company for one person, it should be available to all. This is an insurance company benefit, not a religious mandate. It is not as if the government in the United States is acting like the Chinese government, limiting people to one child per couple, and REQUIRING people to abort their children up to nearly full-term gestation. This is one of the main reasons why the so-called "blind" poet was imprisoned--the one who just escaped and came to the United States a few weeks ago--because he protested the forced abortion policy of the Chinese government.

If you believe that your "freedom of conscience of being infringed upon," then don't use birth control. No one is forcing it on you. No one is forcing you to believe that it is right. No one is forcing you to have an abortion. But if you DO believe in using birth control, then you should have the option.

From: In vigil, Catholics pray for religious freedom

Posted on April 28 at 5:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you, Michael, for probably the best remembrance of Levon that I have seen. He was one of a kind, and he touched so many people's hearts, minds, and, indeed, souls. I never had the good fortune of meeting him (although I did meet Rick Danko a couple of times). On stage, he simply seemed to love what he was doing. It was never a chore for him to be playing music. He WAS the music. It was pulsing in his heart and through his veins.

When members of the Tea Party say that they want to take the country back, I doubt that they want to take it back to where it was in yours, Levon's--and my--minds. But if people would listen--really listen--to the lyrics of some songs that he wrote, perhaps we could learn something. Something really important for the future of this country.

Again, thank you, Michael. RIP, Levon.

From: Levon Helm was voice of an earlier America

Posted on April 24 at 3:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The one thing missing from this story is how can people who wish to donate to this effort do so? Please advise. We should not let our neighbors down.

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Posted on February 9 at 5:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Stephen Mintz: How many parents berate a teacher for their child's bad report card? Let me count them! "You're too hard on my child" "You give too much homework!" "I'm calling the superintendent on you!" "You pick on my child!" "You set the bar too high!" "You expect too much of her! She's only 11 years old!"
"How will he ever get into college with grades like THIS?"

I am not a teacher and never have been. However, my daughter is a teacher in a large urban school district outside of this area. She has two master's degrees and five certifications. She spends more time with parents who think that their little darlings shouldn't be asked to do homework or read books that are challenging than she does in the classroom. She can't even return phone calls with her own phone these days because of caller ID--parents will write down the number and call her at all hours of the day or night! They go to the principal and ask that he change grades that the little darlings actually EARN. They threaten the principal, and, guess what? HE CHANGES THE GRADES, undermining my daughter's integrity as an educator.

She went to school in Schenectady. She got a great education there. She had principals whose names she invokes constantly--"I wish I had Mr.______" as my principal. He wouldn't let these kids or parents get away with this!"

And, Mr. Mintz, you are correct in assessing the fact that some students have more abilities than others. Some have parents who read to them all the time, take them to cultural events, expose them to art and music, take them traveling, etc. Some students have to struggle because they have special needs. But some have "helicopter parents" who cannot let go.

I went to school what seems like 100 years ago. My parents would never have imagined treating teachers the way parents (and so many students) do now.

And the newest thing with the eighth graders in my daughter's school? "If you send me to the principal or give me detention, I'm going to call the newspaper and tell them that you molested me."

Great. Yeah. Let's get the best and brightest to become educators. After all, they have lots of vacation, union protection, and great benefits. And now are going to be evaluated based on the test results of their students?

Sign me up.

From: Letters to the Editor for Feb. 9

Posted on July 19 at 11:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If the ones who had enjoyed all the tax breaks over the 10-plus years since Bush enacted them (and Obama continued them--make no mistake about it--Obama has continued these tax breaks) were ACTUALLY job creators, we'd be awash in jobs by now, wouldn't we?

All we need to do is return to the Clinton-era tax rates, get rid of the threshold for Social Security deductions (and Carl, when I told someone--a very educated someone--about the threshold of $106,800 a couple of days ago, she didn't even know it existed!), and eliminate Medicare Part D (which only benefits big pharma, anyway), then we're getting somewhere. Add to that--take away tax breaks of ANY kind from companies who do not create jobs in this country. If you create jobs in the U.S.--you get a tax break. If you ship jobs overseas, you're out of luck.

So where are all those job creators who have been enjoying those tax breaks, anyway?

From: Taking from some, giving to others

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