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Do not panic over Ebola

Why have our government and CDC officials NOT banned travelers from the affected areas of West Africa from entering the USA? No one is able to answer this question because there is no satisfactory answer. There is no logical reason to not ban travelers from this area of the world; none at all. The only reasons for not doing this are motivated entirely by cheap illogical political correctness and ideology.

If our government had any sense at all, we would allow a grace period for American citizens already there to return home under controlled travel arrangements, and immediately ban all other travelers.

In a press conference the head of the CDC, Dr. Thomas Frieden said….> "Though we might wish we can seal ourselves off from the world, there are Americans who have the right of return and many other people that have the right to enter this country,"<……

Other people have the “RIGHT” to enter this country???!!! It is frightening that a government official of this stature would make a statement so ignorant, inane, and false. Other than US citizens, no other person on the face of this Earth (NO ONE) has the “RIGHT” to enter this country. Everyone else is a guest that can be invited or dis-invited at any time.

October 5, 2014 at 2:59 p.m. suggest removal

Political newcomer seeks to unseat Gerberry after 40 years

>....“We’ve created a General Assembly that mirrors the U.S. House of Representatives with every idea from the minority party is wrong and every idea from the majority party is right,' he said." ,............

As opposed to the prior situation in the US House from 2007-2010 when every idea from the minority party was wrong and every idea from the majority party was right, except the majority party was the Democrats.......which is the only "change" that Gerberry or anyone else is trying to accomplish.

October 4, 2014 at 9:22 a.m. suggest removal

Chardon shooter now imprisoned in Youngstown

Presumably at Lima he was granted the PRIVILEGE of getting out of his cell for exercise, meals, recreation, visitors, medical care, etc. Taking advantage of this by escaping proves that he no longer deserves this PRIVILEGE. Lock him in an 6x10 cell, weld the cage bars closed, and keep him there until he dies; which we can only hope will be soon.

September 13, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. suggest removal

US District Judge Economus again blasts Ohio over voting

So the 13 other states that offer NO early voting considerations (and never have), some of which are original colonial states and some of which lean very Democrat, are being even more unfair and restrictive towards their voters than Ohio.....right??

September 10, 2014 at 9:18 p.m. suggest removal

US District Judge Economus again blasts Ohio over voting

Considering that 13 other states offer NO early voting considerations and require specific excuses for absentee ballots, and considering that multiple other state offer early voting periods that are less than the 28 days offered by Ohio; it is utterly illogical that Ohio's generous 28 day early voting policy is somehow unconstitutional.

September 10, 2014 at 8:18 p.m. suggest removal

Ohio must do more to reduce shameful infant mortality rate

From the article: > "Senate Bill 280, which would require case-management services for postpartum care be included in Medicaid managed care. " <

Why would anyone who cannot pay for their own medical care (and who needs public assistance in this regard from Medicaid) be involved in creating a baby???!!!

This is the height of absurd arrogant ignorant irresponsibility. No one receiving Medicaid, or ANY other form of public assistance, should EVER be involved in making babies.

The FIRST thing that needs to happen is that people who are not capable and prepared to care for children must STOP making babies.

August 22, 2014 at 7:23 p.m. suggest removal

US attorney general calls for end to violence in Ferguson, Mo.

AG Holder is in Ferguson to ensure that the "investigation" reaches the pre-determined conclusions that AG Holder wants.

August 20, 2014 at 9:24 a.m. suggest removal

Pa. shop: No wedding gowns for lesbian couple


I understand your position and I think that, even if we disagree on specifics, we are more alike than not.

I guess I agree with you that our perspectives differ by which side of the slippery slope we each think we are on. From my perspective I think we are sliding down the slope of way too much government power and control. Yes, it would be nice if everyone just got along, but that is not likely and, in my opinion, government intervention will muck things up, not make it better. Yes, due to the laws of the 60’s anyone can get service anywhere regardless of race…………..but government force has not exactly given us racial harmony, has it? Could things have been better if the social growth had been more organic, with less governmental intrusion?

You indicate that you can understand if a pastor would refuse to perform the wedding ceremony but, in my opinion, you are supporting precedent that could be used to lead to laws forcing a pastor to perform the ceremony. The pastor is “providing a service to the public”, so if we’re going to have such laws, why would they not pertain to pastoral services as well? Who is to decide??

Again with regard to Jews or inter-racial couples, the argument comes back to what people ARE vs. what people DO. Yes, it would be wrong to deny people service because they ARE Jews. However, should it be ILLEGAL for the Muslim caterer to decline to assist the Jewish congregation of the local synagogue with food service for their public seminar about the Israeli perspective on the current situation in Gaza?

You indicate that these people are way too involved in the details of their customer’s lives but, from my perspective (again), they are asking to not be involved in their customer’s personal lives at all; and you are arguing for enacting laws that force them to be involved against their will.

My perspective is that I do not trust government with power, that all government and laws should be very tightly restricted, controlled, and minimized, and that this is a step too far.

August 13, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. suggest removal

Pa. shop: No wedding gowns for lesbian couple

@dontbeafool: See, I told you it would be a long answer.

The two hypothetical cases I proposed earlier are simply extreme examples of the unintended consequences that could be associated with the line of thinking that allows laws forcing business owners to offer service to “all”, with no right to refuse. What other, less extreme, examples of unintended consequences might crop up? If we start forcing some people to do what they do not want to do, where will we draw the line? Who will draw the line??

I cannot violate your rights by refusing to assist you in doing something……not preventing you from doing it, but simply exercising my right to refuse to help. Not taking affirmative action to assist you cannot possibly be a violation of your rights. On the other hand, forcing me against my will to assist you, forcing me to participate in an activity or action that I do not want to support, is very definitely a direct violation of my rights. If the government can force these business owners to take action to actively support a homosexual wedding ceremony against their will today, what might the government try to force me to do against my will tomorrow?

August 13, 2014 at 8:43 p.m. suggest removal

Pa. shop: No wedding gowns for lesbian couple


The question about a black man being denied service in a coffee shop is an off-topic straw man, designed to require an extended answer. The inquiry is put forward with the hope that I will not take the time to respond, or with the hope that whatever response I make can be used to paint me as some sort of bigot. However, since you have asked me specifically & repeatedly, and since I have no reason to mistrust YOU specifically; I will endeavor to answer.

The case of refusal of service for reasons of race, gender, or ethnicity is distinctly different than the case of the bridal shop in question here (see more below).

First, however, let me acknowledge that I have reservations regarding any laws that tell us what we MUST DO, as opposed to laws that tell us what we CANNOT DO. I am very much OK with laws that tell us we cannot act to prevent someone else from doing something they have a right to do. I am not at all OK with laws that tell us we must take action to assist (offer service to) other people to help them do something, even if we do not want to assist or participate. The civil rights laws dictating that business owners must offer service regardless of race, gender, and ethnicity were obviously necessary in the 1960’s. I am not against them, but It is not so clear how much they are still needed today; and they have definitely taken us one step down a slippery slope, allowing the government to dictate what actions we must take…….leading us to the discussion we are having right now, which is yet another huge step further down that slippery slope.

Why is refusal of service based on race, gender, and ethnicity different than the case of the bridal shop at hand? Because race, gender, and ethnicity are things that people ARE; which is an entirely different matter than what people DO or WILL DO (actions they will take)
The lesbian brides in the case at hand are not being refused service for what they ARE. The owners of the bridal shop are refusing service because they do not want to participate-with and facilitate the actions that the brides are planning to DO; the owners do not want to take affirmative action to participate and assist with a homosexual wedding. The bridal shop owners are not trying to prevent the brides from conducting the wedding, the owners are refusing to take action to assist.

I understand it is your opinion that the bridal shop owners’ opinion is wrong, and that they should not be offended by the concept of a homosexual wedding; but do we really want to create laws to force them to comply with your opinion? Who is to decide whose opinion is right, and whose opinion is wrong? Who is to be the “divine arbiter” telling us what we are allowed to think and what actions we must take? Me? You? The Government??

August 13, 2014 at 8:40 p.m. suggest removal



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