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Speak Out 5/23/12

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Reserved seats

Sunday was the 100th graduation class for Central High School. Seats were on a first-come, first-served basis, and the doors opened one hour before the graduation. How frustrating it was to arrive at the door opening and find that a lot of the prime seats had reserved signs attached to them and that the rules don't apply to everyone.

Liberal California

California is the most liberal state in the country. It has been ruled by liberals for the past 30 years or more. It has employed every liberal philosophy that exists. It has been overly generous with public benefits for everyone; It has handed out billions to the public employees unions in pay and benefits that the public cannot afford. Now the state is running out of cash. It has already raised taxes several times; will it raise them again? Illinois is right behind California.

A new low

So once again President Obama and the Democrats bring national politics to a new low. Now if wealthy contributors exercise their legal right of free speech and donate to Obama's opponent, they will be added to a national online "enemies list" and every effort will be made to demean them publicly. Isn't this America, where we have the right to express our views? Isn't this the core of what America is all about? Is President Obama trying to "fundamentally change" America into a different kind of country? Who is this radical that we put in the White House?

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I didn't know Arnold Schwarzenegger was a Democrat!

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, May 23, 2012, at 6:05 AM

-- Posted by Theorist on Wed, May 23, 2012, at 6:05 AM

I didn't see a political party mentioned.

-- Posted by 356 on Wed, May 23, 2012, at 6:38 AM

Was Ronald Reagan a liberal?

-- Posted by chinook on Wed, May 23, 2012, at 8:35 AM

Re the comment about the President treating wealthy contributors to his opponent's campaign as enemies: The writer asks if this is America, where we have a right to express our views. Of course it is. That's what the President is doing. He never gave up his right to express HIS views, either.

-- Posted by Raunchy on Wed, May 23, 2012, at 9:15 AM

It would be so nice to be able to leave our windows open and save on the utility bill but once again we have them shut tight because somone is burning trash or yard waste. This should be illegal with these homes so close together. One fire here is causing smoke to affect a 5 or six block area of homes. We can't evel let the kids outside to play because it makes them sick.

-- Posted by Cozette on Wed, May 23, 2012, at 9:16 AM

There is no such thing as a liberal or conservative gene, contrary to what some pundits push. California Governors, like everyone else, had some liberal ideas, and some conservative ones. The loss of manufacturing to China is what caused California's current crisis, and that is the fault of policies from both political parties. Instead of parroting a bunch of Limbaugh rhetoric, it is time to force both political parties to fix the messes they have jointly made.

-- Posted by Dr. Nemo on Wed, May 23, 2012, at 9:21 AM

A lot of things caused "problems" in California over the years which resulted in the current crisis. My brothers and sister moved out there in the 60's and have watched the decline. It was a mess even before the Chinese.

One brother lost a very high paying job due to the very strict environmental regulations.

-- Posted by 356 on Wed, May 23, 2012, at 9:36 AM

Re: reserved seats - good grief, the first two rows were roped off. Just how close did you expect to be for that six feet to be a problem?

On the lighter side, interesting to watch how many people qualified themselves as handicapped or otherwise 'special'.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, May 23, 2012, at 6:10 PM

Not only California is a liberal State look at Illinois at over 13 billion dollars in debt and a very heavy regulated and Tax State all created by the Chicago Liberal Machine Politicians.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Wed, May 23, 2012, at 6:27 PM

"how many people qualified themselves as handicapped or otherwise 'special'."

fxpwt, For your future convenience, those with disabilities should have a brand burned on their forehead.

Handicap envy.

Most disabilities are not as visible as an amputated limb or a blind walking stick.

-- Posted by rally_squirrel on Thu, May 24, 2012, at 5:58 AM

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