Scoopie, I am all for having an open mind, but that does not mean that we can excuse the fact that Michael Brown may have killed this other young man. And if he did, we can not use the death of his father as a reason for why he did what he did. There are many people who grow up without a father, and they don't kill anyone. I am an example of that. There are many children who have a father that died, and though it is a horrible tragedy that leaves an everlasting scar, they don't kill people. By the time you are twenty years old, you know right from wrong, and if you choose wrong, you have to suffer the consequences.
August 4, 2013 at 3:34 p.m.
I dont like the idea of taxpayers having to pay so much more to house criminals, but what other options do we have? We would ultimately save money if longer prison terms deter others from committing the same crimes or deters the offender from repeating the crime again. Im not sure what the answers are but we need to do something!
April 29, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.
And I see comments here by people who say that if you quote what the Bible says about homosexuality or if your are giving your opinion against it, you are judging. The Bible says many times that we are to warn others about sin and its consequences and help them. We are to teach others. We are not to condone the sin. So, if that is what the Bible says and you quote it or comment on what it says, how is that judging? Especially if God says that you are supposed to talk about it?
And to the person who said that sin is sin. Yes, it is. Your adultery and my premarital sex is sexual sin, just like homosexuality is (though God calls that one an abomination!) Its all sin. We dont condone it or change the definition of God-created institution to make it more acceptable. We dont flaunt our sexual sin in the streets like on Gay Pride day. Why dont we have Adultery Day! We can have marches and maybe men could bring their mistresses with them! Hows that sound? Or what about Premartial Sex Day! You are right, sin is sin and when we talk about it and what the Bible says about it, it does not mean that a person is judging.
April 4, 2013 at 9:02 p.m.
One Who Stayed: I know what this county was founded on and it was founded by Christian men who wanted freedom from the oppression of the Church of England. I know my history. Just because they wanted separation of church and state in politics it didn't mean that the founding fathers gave up their religious beliefs or that those beliefs didn't shape the decisions that they made in the political arena. Our laws are based on many of the 10 Commandments! That is the beauty of living in America. We vote for those who believe as we do and want to uphold our values. That is the way that it is done. So, Americans can and will choose if there is going to be same sex marriage and many will base it on their religious convictions- as it has been done since the beginning of the country. And yes, there are many other religions that are practiced in this country and none of the ones that you mention condone homosexuality but that was not my point. My point is simply this: We should not have to change the definition of marriage based on someones sexual urges and desires. Its as simple as that. This is America, right or wrong, people get to live and let live, but that does not mean that they get to change the definition of marriage to fit their sexuality.
Oh, and by the way, someone else used the quote about all men being equal and where that quote came from. I was commenting on the content of his comment, which was the important part, not critiquing where he got it from!
And Youngstown is not better than it was thirty years ago. That is crazy to say. Maybe you need to study the statistics of crime in the city and of the declining school performances. Maybe the fact that there has been a mass exodus from the city that began more than thirty years ago and continues today, should give you a clue. There are those that are doing their hardest to improve the city and I applaud their efforts, but lets get real here about the condition of Youngstown. But again, this has nothing to do with my point which is that people should not get to change the definition of marriage to fit their sexual urges and desires.
Now if you are done attacking, we can continue our discussion. If you want to attack, take it elsewhere!
April 4, 2013 at 8:28 p.m.
One_Who_Stayed: While I am sure that everyone here appreciates your history lesson on the Constitution and the Declaration of Independ. and even your information on the 13th Ammend., I am sure that no one here, on either side of the argument, appreciates your condescending attitude. And understanding what God wants is quite clear. Open the Bible it and study it as closely as you have the Constituation and Declaration of Independ. It is crystal clear. Leave God and Law out of it? Imagine a country where decisions were made without God or the Law....hows that working out in Youngstown now? Sheesh!
April 4, 2013 at 1:15 p.m.
It is just absurd that we have to change the definition of marriage to fit peoples sexual urges and desires!
March 29, 2013 at 5:34 p.m.
And I am disturbed by people calling sin, which is a choice, a sickness or something that they cant help doing.
When you choose to get drunk continuously over and over to the point where you can no longer control yourself, you call it a disease. It was a choice that you made every time that you picked up that drink.
When you have sexual desires that you choose to act on that are sins, you can not say that you cant help yourself. You are not an animal out of control. It is a choice that you make. Just as the married man who is deeply attracted to a woman at work, must control his urges, so does the man who is attracted to another man. And when you choose to act on those wrong urges, don't try to justify it by saying that you are born that way. Everyone is born with urges. You don't have to act on them.
March 29, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
Yes, God did create all men equal. What does that mean? Well, we know that it does not mean that God is for homosexuality and for gay marriage because the Bible is very clear on how God feels when He called it an abomination. He considers homosexuality a sin. He was also the one who defined marriage. So, it disturbs me when someone uses the name of God and twists it to fit what they want it to fit. Yes, God created all men equal and He gave them all the freedom they want to choose whatever it is they want to do with their lives but do not take that to believe that He approves of homosexuality.
March 29, 2013 at 5:19 p.m.
Grouping a tattoo parlor and a second hand store together in the same category as an establishment that sells alcohol or a strip club is almost as rediculous as saying a tattoo parlor will bring culture to the downtown area!
March 20, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.
uh, Dawn? All people who drink and drive should have their name in the papers. But why dont they make the headlines? This guy did because he was Pavlik's brother. Poor reflection on the Vindicator. And poor reflection on you if you actually think that his being Pavlik's brother had no bearing on him making the headline. And you lie if you say that there is no one in your family or among your friends who has never drank and drove or does not have a problem with alcohol. The statistics say otherwise. What is it that YOU ARE DOING to combat the problem of drinking and driving? Or are you just sitting on your rear end making comments in the Vindicator??
October 16, 2012 at 12:34 p.m.