Close U.S. borders to prevent heroin abuse
They just do not listen. I have read the many articles about drug addiction to heroin this week. I read the politicians talk about it, again. This time they told you about the purity of it, about the drug dealers, the appetite Americans have for it, how these politicians are going to schools to talk to students, teachers and administrators about it. I read how families are coping with the addiction of it, how the teachers are talking to students about it, teaching parents on how to talk to their children about it, that the schools are drug testing for it, you now have dogs that look for it, they tell you they have a plan to help with the addiction from it, the teachers have a health curriculum about it, but the politicians in this country never, ever talk about the one thing that would cure the problem of it; close the borders.
I cannot believe the politicians in this country are so stupid as to not see it. They know about it, they just do not do anything about it. My advice, instead of listening to another boring lecture from a politician about it, we as citizens of this country have to demand that the borders be closed. Do not turn your anger to the drug, do not turn your anger to the children, turn your anger to the politicians who are not doing their job. Remember they work for you. So quit talking about it and DO something.
I commend Bryce Larabee for his grasp about politicism. You are our future and above all you have a voice and YOU should demand better for yourselves. Get involved, go on Facebook and demand they close the borders. Remember one thing about politicians, they will ask for money and they will promise you anything for your vote. Beware.
Radicals control schools for agenda
God blessed America.
We saw Dinesh D'Souza's "America" on the Fourth of July. It was a great movie that every American should see. It will make you proud to be an American. It will also make you - cry for the sacrifices of brave Americans and for the trend to blame America for all of man's evils. Then you will become angry at what has happened, especially over the last five decades.
And that is exactly the point of the new movie. He documents a subversive movement that has besieged America since long before the '60s radicals have come to prominence. These radicals have conspired to shame Americans into believing that our country is an evil, imperialist nation guilty of oppression. Their objective is to "remake" America into a communist country. Their plan started with destroying our understanding of what America is and has been. D'Souza is not afraid to name names. (Why not, he's already being prosecuted for "excessive" campaign donations.) Among the conspirators listed are Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers and Howard Zinn. The connections that these radicals have to Obama and Hillary are well documented.
Zinn is best known for his history textbook, "A People's History of the United States," first published in 1980. The book is widely used in many high schools and colleges. The term "People's" (as in "People's Republic", etc.) ought to be your first clue about the perspective of the book. Zinn was not ashamed to call himself a Marxist.
As Dinesh documents, the book utilizes half truths and distortion to demonize America. It offers a one-sided perspective, highlighting examples of American oppression such as slavery, the "stealing" of Native American lands and the conquest of Mexico. While not making excuses for these American sins, America provides a balance that Zinn purposely omits.
America is not unique in these sins. In fact, America points out that conquest, as a human means of attaining wealth, is the rule of human history rather than the exception. Remember, that we are all fallen creatures capable of great evil.
What is UNIQUELY American is the idea that wealth can be created from individual initiative and free enterprise. America points out that it is capitalism, not communism, that has liberated millions of people from poverty.
The movie begs the question, "What if there was no America?" On balance, America has been a blessing to the world. America's sins do not compare to the oppression of Hitler and Stalin. American boys died to free the world of these evil men.
What was upsetting in seeing this movie is the reminder that the '60s radicals have captured our government and are well along their way to destroying it. And they have accomplished their goals by indoctrinating generations of Americans with their anti-American distortions and in the process alienating many against the principles of freedom that made this a great nation.
They've done it through our schools. The dangers of the indoctrination is occurring in our government-controlled schools. The radicals, not George Washington, control our schools. Common Core is simply the latest form of control, but the process has been going on for decades. Too many conservatives are focusing all of their energy on Common Core while ignoring the elephant in the room.
Parents need to wake up.
Send Republicans out to look for jobs
Here are a few reasons why the Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election: Mitt Romney's love of corporations and his stint at Bain Capital, where he cost thousands of workers their jobs. Also, Rick Santorum's beliefs that workers should not join unions, that contraception should be illegal and that climate change is a hoax. And then, Rush Limbaugh, with his hate speech toward women, and Ann Coulter's dislike of the first amendment.
What is really astonishing is that they haven't changed their ways one iota since then. It is the same old, same old; the only difference is that there are more "wannabes" out there.
Racists and lawbreakers crawl out from under their rocks, the Republicans, and their news network, call them patriots. Not once do they condemn the talk radio hatemongers for the garbage they spew.
They talk about creating good-paying jobs, but then try to break up the unions that offer the good-paying jobs. They think that the National Labor Relations Board should be defunded. They believe that every state should be a right-to-work (for less) state.
Perhaps the Republican Party should amend its statement to read, "creating bigger profits for our corporate buddies by eliminating unions."
The minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, some Republicans would like to see it eliminated all together. Wall Street banks handed out $26 billion in bonuses to their employees last year, to the delight of the Tea Party Republicans.
Big businesses currently have incentives to move offshore and take middle-class jobs with them. But they still lie and claim they are all about creating "jobs, jobs, jobs!"
Remember this come November, when we cast our votes. Let's make the Republicans get jobs overseas.
Bible has answers for those who read it
Everybody wants to stop the violence in this country and in our schools. Well, let's start with the God-hating, anti-Christ politicians in Washington.
Those of you who would pick up a Bible and read it would learn about the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and what happened to them when they turned their backs on God. Isaiah chapter 60, verse 12, says, ''For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.''
Children and people are being shot every day because of stupidity and ignorance. Gun control is not going to stop the problem. People in the old days had guns, too, but they did not go around shooting people because someone made them angry.
Difference is people back then had God in their lives, went to church and read their Bibles. Nobody wanted to go to hell back then.
People need to read the Bible, go to church. Politicians need to ban gay marriage and put God and prayer back in schools.
All of this that is happening now is described in the Bible. There are many verses in the Bible that tell of the things that people should and should not do in life. If you have time to play on that stupid smartphone or time to play video games, you have time to read the Bible and go to church.
Stop making excuses. Time is running out. The end of days could already be here.
ACA case gives firms personal rights
The Supreme Court's decision on birth control and the employer's religious rights is not about religion; it is about money.
The employer is required to "pay" under the ACA for birth control. The Supreme Court has ruled that employer's do not have to "pay" for it. They only used, in a narrow way that is quite anserine, the religious freedom guarantees in the Constitution but more importantly, in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993; which, in the language, has NO REFERENCE TO CORPORATIONS ONLY INDIVIDUALS on their rights for religious freedoms.
The Supreme Court, in the Hobby Lobby case, has decided to make corporations also have the same rights as a person. No where in the Constitution is there any talk like this. In fact, many of the founding fathers despised such entities. Corporations are not a person; they are groups of persons. All of our laws are segregated from corporate business identities and individual identities and they are far more favorable to corporations than they are to individuals. However, the Supreme Court believes and has now inserted and inverted all that was understandable.
Apparently a single person can not impose their religious beliefs on another but a group of persons, a corporation, can impose their agreed upon religious beliefs on many single persons. Hypocrisy has never so been exposed and money never so more influential in determining who really has freedom in this country. If you have enough money to run and own a business then you can control your employee's personal religious beliefs. This is not freedom of religion; this is freedom of religious persecution. The opposite of what the Founding Fathers started.
When you enter a particular church or house of worship you are to adhere to certain civil understandings. If you want to belong to that church then you accept that church's teachings and live by what they say you should do. That is religious freedom. When you enter the general public and state control in the domain of our economy and the government's domain, you then must act according to the laws. No matter your religion or status. Employers are in the government's domain. All doing business with the public, be they a religious institution or just a simple for-profit enterprise, are to adhere to the laws of our government; it has the authority and jurisdiction.
The Supreme Court has sadly decided there is no such stability. Our government is a representative form of government that decides what is and is not religious exceptions. The Supreme Court is not a representative form of our government, but an indirect and authoritarian form. It's members are chosen and given lifetime appointments by those whom we elected at the time, mainly the president. Therefore, appointments have influence for many years, even decades. In the Court's majority opinion, it was stated that one of the reasons they sided with corporate America was because they said that the government can simply pay for the birth control instead of these "religious" businesses. I take that as a hint to then do what I and many other progressives wanted done in the first place, which is have a single payer government run health care system, like in Canada, Australia and the rest of the modern world. However, that may mean requiring these same businesses to contribute to the costs for all health care. Would the Supreme Court allow them to claim "religious freedom" to opt out and not pay the tax? What about any individual with a religious objection to paying for a tax that would support all medically necessary procedures, including abortions?
This case has its main bias on money and is exactly opposite of the Golden Rule. Which is why we will soon see in the next few years many more tyrants pop up using religious freedom and this Supreme Court case to justify their tyranny on others. The Supreme Court believes in the perverted golden rule: "He who has the gold (money) rules." How the justices who made this decision can sleep at night, I don't know. Oh, that's right, they are protecting those who protect them, who have the gold. Right and wrong, well that's always negotiable.
Leif P. Damstoft Sr.
Story needed legwork to check facts
The story you reported on the people that were held hostage. I want to know how you came to this conclusion.
I can remember reporters used to investigate and get all the facts. There are no facts here.
This article that you wrote has caused a very good person to lose her job after working at IHOP for six years because of what they read.
How can someone hold people hostage and release eight people when she was the second person to come out on her own and was sitting next to the cop car handcuffed and the police running around trying to figure out who is doing what in the house?
None of this makes any sense.
This lady was well-respected in her community. Has anyone asked her neighbors or coworkers about her? No. You just publish something for people to read and judge her off of false facts.
Her whole life has been smeared for the sake of a quick story. Has anyone written an article about when she was back in court and all of her charges were dismissed without prejudice? Why? This could all be a lie that these people have started. Has anyone checked?
Thanks to all who aided grieving family
My husband Don, son Christopher and I flew to Denver on June 22, starting our vacation. My husband died unexpectedly at the Denver airport prior to reaching our final destination. I felt we left for vacation together and needed to return home together. I wish to thank Barry Lamer at Lane's Roberts-Clark Funeral Chapel for the hours he spent via telephone to Denver arranging my husband's return with us, as well as David Royal for his assistance after our return.
I wish to thank United Airlines for their support and assistance throughout the crisis and ensuring our safe return together.
To my friends and coworkers at St. Joseph Health Center, I always felt it was a special place to work and your love, prayers, thoughts, and other support will never be forgotten. These words cannot express how I feel about your kindness to me and my son during this time and the love I have felt from my St. Joe family is unforgettable and is a gift I could never repay but will always remember.