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No surprise here. He doesn't want the seat and he certainly doesn't want to suffer the loss from the beating he would get at the polls. This keeps him in the news and gives him more avenues to fan the conspiracy theories about how he gets screwed all the time. The bonus is his complete lack of risk because now we can't tell him with votes to go away. Traficant is NOT a victim - he is a self-promoting criminal who has a bizzare need to be on stage. The fact that he is clueless to the better direction the Valley has taken since his demise demonstrates what a dinosaur he is. The last thing we need is to go back to the old way of doing business. We should be doing even more to root out corruption and expose any crooks in public office. Trafficant and his ilk should never be tolerated, let alone supported.
July 6, 2010 at 10:49 a.m.
Let's not forget that when she was an "investigative" reporter, Alyssa took great pleasure in skewering public officials for every act she perceived as questionable, whether based in fact or not. Her editor (Edgar Simpson) and the Tribune sanctioned these witch hunts and reported in tabloid style on many who did not deserve such treatment. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, viewpoints may have shifted. Karma has a way of making things work out.
It is always more effective and credible to stick to the facts and let the facts speak for themselves. The Vindicator has never been shy about nailing corrupt public officials, but they are usually accurate in their coverage. All the crooks should be exposed every time we find one, no matter who they are. That said, there are still many good and honest public officials out there who get tarred with the same brush as people like Dann. Generalizations are damaging and unfair and are often the root of predjudice and Xenophobia.
April 21, 2010 at 8:55 a.m.
That IS a commendable parent trait. Allowing kids to be kids is important to normal development. There is no harm in fantasy belief in Santa, the Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy. It is a rite of passage for almost everyone I know and is a bright, shiny spot in our childhoods. If you never experienced these things as a kid, I am sorry for your loss. If you have never delighted in them as a parent, shame on you for being so parochial as to kill a child's harmless fantasies. I don't always agree with Todd - but he doesn't deserve a bad rap for playing with his kids and enjoying fatherhood. Try it sometime - you may have some fun.
April 19, 2010 at 11:33 a.m.
If your wife is using Google Earth to check your whereabouts - no telling what else (she thinks) she already knows....or is checking. It wouldn't be fun to get rung up on outdated information!
March 30, 2010 at 3:57 p.m.
If one wishes to fully exercise his/her rights, perhaps s/he should stay out of court. I hear ther's a lot more freedom when you are not committing felonies that require a 75K bond.
February 11, 2010 at 4:26 p.m.
"...That's not the way the Wii baseball game really works..."
February 11, 2010 at 3:14 p.m.
When a judge orders a defendant to do or not do something - that is a court order. Any idiot who brazenly defies a court order or a judge deserves to pay the price for being so heedless of the judge (a symbol of our justice system). As to dress codes, I suspect the patrons in the bar you reference have supported the hat ban for their own reasons. In several fraternal or social clubs, hats are removed in deference and respect to departed members. Again, a symbol of respect.
From your screen name, I would deduce that you admire or are a fan of Eminem. The lyrics of his music make the level of his respect for most things apparent. Judge Krichbaum is one of the jurists around here who doesn't take much B.S. and who will deal aggressively with criminals and other assorted miscreants. The next time you appear before him, be sure to tell him how stupid his dress code is....
February 11, 2010 at 2:06 p.m.
Well stated. None of the lessons you mentioned were in my history books in school either. Many of the events you describe are in the not-too-distant past. If we do not remember the past, we run the risk of repeating or continuing the same mistakes it in the future. Great strides HAVE been made, much has changed and many have sacrificed. As with all relationships between people, continuing work needs to be done to maintain what has been gained and to further improve and enrich our shared future. Festivals, celebrations and sharing information and experiences from our diverse cultures is such a valuable tool that enhances understanding. Let's work to remember the lessons we have learned - this month's events are unquestionably worthwhile.
February 9, 2010 at 9:42 a.m.
But people who go to mass "religiously" never get into trouble? Please! Just check the Vindy archives for all the self righteous crooks that have been charged with everything from theft to sexual assault. There is good and bad in every walk of life and blaming the victim is rarely just or fair. Oh - and last I checked, it is still legal in America to stop into a bar at any hour that complies with their liquor permit. If Hagan was a raging drunken lunatic that night, I am sure it will come out. Re-read JeffLebowski's post - anyone who is assaulted is the victim. If being cocky was all it takes to justify assault, the streets would be empty and the jails full(er).
February 8, 2010 at 1:53 p.m.
Moral and legal arguments aside, it is a proven fact that no killer who has been executed ever committed another violent crime. Execution is not called the "Death Lesson" or the Death Deterrent" - it is the Death PENALTY. It is the cost of his brutality and lack of regard for innocent people's live that he so cavalierly took. I cannot buy the 'criminal-as-victim' line. It ignores all those who grew up in poverty, with terrible parents and other challenges, but who still managed to live decent lives without killing people. Recidivists whose crimes escalate should be kept incarcerated BEFORE they get to murder, if they are not benefitting from experiences gained in their earlier crimes. I am sorry for the loss that will be felt by those who love him - but I can find no sorrow for him or other recent lethal injection recipients who were all- powerfull while killing, but who went to their death whimpering for clemency they don't deserve. You better hope Hell is not run by crime victims....
February 4, 2010 at 8:49 a.m.