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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Paid for books

ABOUT a week ago I went to a bookstore to exchange some books. When I went to the counter to pay for my purchases, a woman told the clerk she wanted to pay for my books. I tried to pay and refuse her offer. She insisted. I thanked her then and would like to tell the people in Cape Girardeau that this elderly veteran thanks her again for being so thoughtful.

Smoking business

THE day you decide not to hire a smoker just because he smokes is the day you lose my business. Do you think discrimination is OK? Do you have deep pockets? If you don't, you'd better think twice, because you're likely to have a lawsuit coming your way, and rightfully so.

Honoring veterans

I think it is wonderful that these veterans are getting the chance to take the trip to Washington, D.C. My husband was in Halsey's fleet in World War II, and I would give anything if he could get to go, but his health won't let him. So, all you veterans, thank you so much. I know how proud your wives and families must be of you, and I wish our country was as proud of you as we are. God bless each one of you.

Taking control

MANY kudos and thanks to the governor and the people of Arizona for making an effort to control illegal migrants coming into the United States. It's about time that someone is trying to cure a problem without high-government people interfering.

Damage control

IN response to "Those atrocities": Most people read the original comment as stating that, despite reduced media exposure, Democrats still view rendition, torture, domestic spying and the Iraq war as atrocities and have not stopped pushing for their end but that due to the magnitude of damage done by the Bush administration it will take years to correct all of the failures of that administration.

Not the same

A recent quip said that the BP Gulf Oil spill is "Obama's Katrina." Think about the difference. We had been warned and knew for decades what a Katrina-sized hurricane would do to New Orleans. We knew for weeks Katrina was out there. We knew for days that New Orleans was in her sights. It still took the Bush administration nearly a week to act after landfall. On the other hand, BP's oil rig explodes, and that day the government is grilling the company as to the risk of a leak and what assistance BP needed to contain the potential catastrophe. BP released an official report stating there was no leak and no assistance was necessary -- that is, until the oil slick showed up and it could no longer cover up the blunder. At that point the government was asked for their assistance in an attempt to minimize the impact. The BP Gulf Oil spill is no Katrina for the current administration.

Border incentive

SO, if the conservatives (term used loosely) in Arizona are so concerned with illegals, why don't they nip the problem at the source? Fine and punish those who employ them so severely that they stop hiring them. Since the GOP of Arizona is ardently claiming that illegals are coming in and "taking jobs away from honest, legal US citizens," and therefore they have been "forced" to pass this atrocity of a law, they should instead be focused on dissuading those who are hiring them in the first place. Take away the reason for coming over the border, and maybe they'd stop coming over the border.


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Honoring veterans, Proud is your domain, mine is respect and debt.

-- Posted by Old John on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 1:12 AM

good morning ☺

Not the same --- Bush and his administration have been gone for 2 years now...i can't help but wonder how long you Obama people , and his administration , are gonna keep blaming Bush ?..give it a rest already...

Damage control ----..and here again , trying to put the blame on Bush for Obama's faulty administration..pull up ur big boy pants and get something done , for Christ's sake !

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 7:16 AM

Honoring Veterans...their country IS as proud of them as you are.

Not the Same, Damage Control, Border Incentive...you should all go to work for CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC...

-- Posted by Hawker on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 8:18 AM

b4 i forget ..

Happy Cinco de Mayo !!

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 8:57 AM

Choosing not to hire a smoker is not descrimination. A "Smoker" is not a protected class.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 9:40 AM

Who's ready for the new airlines? Continental and United, or now they will be known as Con-You.

Happy Cinco De Mayo, just curious what's happening in Arizona...

-- Posted by vf43WRX on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 11:07 AM

Here is the problem with order incentive. What jobs are illegal Mexican immigrants taking from citizens of this country? Domestic house keeping jobs? Migrant farm jobs? These are generally jobs that U.S. Citizens will not do. Farmers know they cannot get there fruits and veggies to harvest without this labor pool. What would the cost be at the grocery store? I heard someone say (on FOX News of all places) that making it easier for these migrant workers to cross the border legally, do their job, pay taxes, then return home when the growing season is over would be the better solution. History suggest that wealthy powerful nations routinely tap poorer countries for their labor pool.

-- Posted by shortwhitebaldguy on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 11:31 AM

No, smokers are not a class but they are also not doing anything illegal. To not hire someone because you don't like smoking would be the same as someone not hiring a person because they eat red meat or to much fast food. Kind of ignorant!

-- Posted by LEGION63 on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 11:48 AM

There are many reasons people aren't hired. It could be the sound of one's voice, appearance or any other thing non-related to job performance or skill. If I had to work closely with that person, smoking would fit into that group for me (or any personal aroma for that matter).

-- Posted by concerned4all on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 12:16 PM

That is a great sentiment in theory. Hire who you want to give the customer the best service. But where do you draw the line? What if my customers are mainly Christian and white? Should I only hire Christians and whites? Don't get me wrong, I believe the Government should stay out of our pockets and our business's but saying "by all means discriminate." is a slippery slope.

-- Posted by LEGION63 on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 12:41 PM

LEGION63

Here is the thing: if I am the employer, it is none of anyone elses business where I "draw the line" - it's my money beng used to pay the wages of my employees, it should be up to me whom I hire. As for "by all means discriminate": Darn tootin'! I want the best person possible to fill my available employment positions - best educated, most intelligent, most highly motivated, most efficient - regardless of who that might be. So, yes, I'm going to dicsriminate against those who do not fill the bill - regardless of other factors. These days, that, apparently, isn't allowed - everyone else wants to tell the employer who he has to hire, based upon some demographic or other.

lumbrgfktr;

Should not, ever, be such a thing as a "protected class".

shortwhitebaldguy;

Give that myth a rest, will ya? If the illegal aliens weren't taking those jobs on the dirt cheap, the going rate for providing those services would rise to a level where Citizens would be willing to take those jobs. If we have truly arrived at a point in our society where good, honest, hard work is beneath any of us then we are doomed not only as a society, but as a country.

-- Posted by Little_Mac on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 2:19 PM

Legion,

yes its probably ignorant. But you can allow it.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 2:49 PM

Little Mac,

Yes there should. Its a legal term that protects from descrimination. It doesn't mention any specific group of people witht he exception veterans. All others are characteristics.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 2:52 PM

Employers should be allowed to hire whomever they choose. Discrimination in hiring should be applauded. The idea is to beat competitors in providing the best value for the marketplace. If an employer feels that smokers are a handicap to providing the best for his customers, then by all means discriminate. -- Posted by James Nall on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 12:18 PM

Excellent post, James ... leading me to the question: If an employer feels that employees of a certain sexual tendency, or of a certain color/race ... might be a detrimental to his business ... Shouldn't that be his/her decision?

Sorry, it's my Old Age probably ... and my experiences of seeing first-hand why I believe that government should not be dictating to private business who they must hire.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 4:10 PM

Excellent post, James ... leading me to the question: If an employer feels that employees of a certain sexual tendency, or of a certain color/race ... might be a detrimental to his business ... Shouldn't that be his/her decision?

Sorry, it's my Old Age probably ... and my experiences of seeing first-hand why I believe that government should not be dictating to private business who they must hire.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 4:10 PM

They don't dictate on who to hire, so you have no problem.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 4:54 PM


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