"That was 60 years ago--get over it already."
"And if it doesn't affect you it's probably not any of your business."
Absolutely astounding that you don't see the contradiction in these two statements of yours. It's so easy to tell someone to "get over it" when it didn't happen to you. Tell me...are you prepared to look the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of pedophile priests in the eye and tell them to "get over it"?
psyker99's comments are right on the money. My elementary school was right up the street from a Catholic elementary school. I would take a route home that was out of my way rather than a more direct one that took me past that school. Why? Because I knew its students would pounce upon me and beat the s**t out of me for no reason if I passed their way. I understand now that there WAS a reason...they had learned how to do this at the hands of experts — the nuns who were beating them.
"As for Sr. Jerome--people just love to weigh in on stuff they have no idea about don't they? "
Some undoubtedly do; however, my earlier comment about Sr. Jerome was based on direct, personal experience. I have two colleagues whose experience with her was exactly the same.
June 7, 2012 at 3:18 p.m.
No one disputes the results of Sr. Jerome's tireless work on behalf of students and their families in Youngstown for all these decades. She is justly celebrated for her incalculable contributions.
However, history is filled with individuals who achieve greatness but fall short of personal grace. I am only one of a great many who I'm sure can testify to the great difficulty of working with someone with her "my way or the highway" attitude, and the futility of pleasing her despite making every possible effort.
I suspect that those around her finally reached the point where bending over backwards broke them in two.
June 7, 2012 at 9:08 a.m.
Wow! A few people need a course in Constitutional Law and, specifically, the Bill of Rights.
The relevant portion of the First Amendment reads "CONGRESS shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech." [Emphasis added]
If Hagan, in his capacity as a State Legislator, proposed a bill in Columbus that called for Limbaugh's removal from the air, I would be the first to be down his throat.
What he is doing is launching a petition to encourage WKBN to take Limbaugh off the air. True, he has a higher profile than the average Joe, but, as a citizen, he has the same right as that average Joe to do this.
And WKBN has a perfect right to ignore the petition, which I'm quite sure it will. (That is, unless a truly enormous number of signatures are gathered that threaten their advertising base for the show. That would get their attention, just as it surely got Limbaugh's attention when advertisers started deserting him after his "slut" comment. Do you think for a nanosecond that he would have issued his so-called "apology" if this hadn't happened?)
I get that you guys don't like Hagan, and that's fine. Criticize his policies or his performance all you like. But the "free speech" argument here is the same kind of hot air you accuse him of.
"Lets sign petitions to block anymore media coverage on this idiot."
EXACTLY. Your perfect right to do this, if it makes you feel better. And the media's perfect right (and really, duty) to ignore them. Your right, Hagan's right...one and the same.
March 7, 2012 at 9:44 a.m.