@billdog "I think Kurt had one to many beers yesterday."
I didn't think they were that bad- my three comments- at least I didn't smoke any grass. No two especially I raise an important issue: why is inhaling marijuana smoke better for you than inhaling cigarette smoke? No three, granted, may have have been a bit over the top- but I just don't like the Hagans- especially when I'm cold sober- I need a drink or two to swallow their lot.
I'm surprised they're hasn't been more comments on this one. Bertram raises a significant issue that ought to be discussed. If we're going to have recreational grass, I think it should be opened up to the people and not controlled by a cartel- let people grow it at home- the same way you make beer and wine in your kitchen- marijuana could grow right along with the hot peppers and tomatoes. The garden centers could offer hemp plants to people every spring advertising the different varieties- if grass is so beneficial or harmless- what are we afraid of? Why the anxiety?
For one thing, if we legalize grass for average people it would be the democratic thing to do. Why have it for only the fat cats and politicians- the lawyers especially: I'm betting their isn't a law office in this town where cases aren't routinely discussed over a toke. Democratic Headquarters- run by a shyster- especially. Given some of their wrongheaded decisions, I wouldn't be surprised.
May 27, 2015 at 10:48 p.m.
"Nanette Lepore of New York City, sister of state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (she succeeded her husband, Robert, in the House), is an investor."
Surprise! Surprise! I imagine Bob and Michelle are mixed in somewhere too- maybe as "silent" investors. Keep ferreting out the facts, Bertram, about these duplicitous, hypocritical Limo-libs who pretend to be so, so concerned about the "common people" but really are just in it to enrich themselves- greedy for money, greedy for power.
May 24, 2015 at 11:15 p.m.
Discussing the negative health effects of using Marijuana, here's something that has always troubled me. We know all about the negative health effects of smoking tobacco- mainly lung cancer caused by the tars and carcinogens present in the smoke- rather than the Nicotine itself (though even that isn't good- being linked to heart disease).
So why should inhaling Marijuana Smoke be any different? God- or nature if you're an atheist- designed our lungs to inhale fresh air (as close to fresh on a polluted planet as possible) and not SMOKE.
Maybe if we came up with a different delivery system for whatever the stuff in grass is that makes us feel poetic and artistic- or godlike- or whatever, similar to vapes for Nicotine, that would be one solution- avoiding the cancer causing crap. It could be mass-produced that way and sold at Walgreens.
I sure do hope so- I sure would not like to see the Flower Kids, in their dotage, deprived of one of their sole remaining pleasures. I mean why should only Limo-lib types like the Hagans have access to Grass and the Hippie wannabe's lower on the socio-economic scale be deprived? It simply isn't fair.
May 24, 2015 at 12:19 p.m.
Wow, Bertram, I think you got a good one started here- talking about weed. All the Aging Flower Kids are going to come out of the woodwork (at least I hope). Should be fun reading them defending the indefensible that Grass is good stuff and should be sold like red wine or beer.
May 24, 2015 at 11:29 a.m.
Well, I guess the "spellchecker" buried in my brain didn't let me down this time: "teat" is the correct spelling not "teet". When I type "teet" my spell checker wants to give me "tit", which I could have used- but, this time, I preferred the more respectable "teat".
English spelling- for somebody from another culture and language- can be a "bitch"- not at all phonetic- spell it like you say it- like some languages. (There, I "fell off the wagon" again and used a naughty word: "bitch". Sorry, Gloria!)
May 24, 2015 at 11:19 a.m.
Bill, From my reading of this issue a large part of the upset of public employees in Wisconsin- especially teachers- was because Walker proposed they fork over a larger percentage of their health care premiums- closer to the national average- instead of the minuscule amounts they were then paying. Health care coverage- ask any employer public or private- is the biggest driver of costs in their annual budget. It's the main reason the Motor City went Belly Up. So what's wrong, pray tell, in requesting public employees to at least pay a share closer to the percentage paid by workers in the private sector? Remember: Germany which has one of the most robust economies in the World- and one of the best health care systems- REQUIRES all workers- public or private- to fork over 50 per cent of the premium. What's wrong with paying 50 percent of the premium for health insurance- the employer paying the rest. Your body is yours to care for, why should the maintenance of it be solely the employers responsibility? It makes no sense to me. Of course, if I belonged to a Union like ACE or AFSCME and their like- and currently got away with paying almost nothing- I would scream bloody murder too- just like you and some of the other people on this thread who obviously somehow- either directly or a family member, etc., etc..- SUCK ON THE PUBLIC TEAT.
May 22, 2015 at 11:35 p.m.
@Billdog1 "Most of these same public employees have an education or trade that requires updated training and licensure or certification. Everyone had that option. To those that don't have those things, They don't deserve what those people receive. Stop crying and do something real with your life."
Really, Bill. What percentage of public employees fall into that category? I've heard some snide, arrogant, condescending remarks before, but yours takes the cake. "Stop crying and do something real with your life", is that your answer to LEGITIMATE CRITICISM of what many people regard as excesses in the public sector? How about somebody like Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who helped put his state back in the red with measures which Ohioans should have retained with SB5- Is he a "crybaby" too?
Good Job, Bert! I see you stepped on a few toes and hit a few nerves with your column- Nice going! I say you can always tell your doing the right thing by the enemies you make. Billdog1 and Need2NO- I read his comment No 32- It's just an incoherent rant. Makes no sense. "Just a bunch of "me, me, me's" on here complaining about something, anything, just because they enjoy complaining." That's ridiculous. There are legitimate issues here that need to be talked about- and whoever said public sector unions- ACE and AFSCME and the rest were "Sacred Cows" that can't be criticized. Make no mistake about it- that's what this debate is all about- it's not about "Policeman" or "Fireman" or "Teachers"- they bring up these images to try to shut us up- it's about the power of a handful of very powerful unions and the debate is whether that power needs to be curbed. Many think it should- Obviously Union Members Don't (Surprise! Surprise!), but there's a lot of people- not just malcontents and malingerers as the Union Agit-prop likes to picture them- but thoughtful taxpayers who fear their communities may be headed in the same direction as Detroit.
"Snide, arrogant, condescending",- and a personality attack when you don't like what somebody writes: "And all your accusations about what they get and don't get only make you uneducated whiners like Bert."
That's funny! Granted Bert may be college educated- but he doesn't belong to the Teamsters and he doesn't spend his days filling Pot Holes. So that makes him "just an uneducated whiner".
Good job, Bertram. Like I said, "you can always tell you're doing a good job by the enemies you make".
May 21, 2015 at 11:22 p.m.
Medical research is showing more and more that sports like Football are highly injurious to the organ that Universities are supposed to train- the Brain. Even one concussion snuffs out untold numbers of nerve cells and we know what happens to many retired NFL players in their forties- they speak and act like Alzheimer Patients: their brains damaged by repeated concussions. I would like to see Universities substitute a sport which has all of the drama and excitement of Big League Football without the neurological damage to players- TABLE TENNIS. If we practice we might even get to be as good as the Chinese and there's no reason we still couldn't have scantily clad cheerleaders and half-time spectaculars. And the commercials could be just as dumb as they are now and people could still have parties complete with barbecued wings and plenty of beer. I mean that's all that counts isn't it? A way of getting people together together to enjoy each others company and eat and drink to excess.
May 20, 2015 at 12:28 a.m.
@Walt, "If he gets the Penguins back into the NCAA playoff limelight- and I believe he will- his salary will mean absolutely nothing."
Really? I'm sure you're right. But I still can't see the connection of any of that with "higher education". Can you?
May 20, 2015 at 12:09 a.m.
What about that new program the state has now- "Checkbook"- which makes public the ways government is squandering the public's hard earned cash- taken away from them in the form of taxes? Does that apply to YSU so we can ascertain if, indeed, the workers there are being exorbitantly rewarded in relation to their private sector counterparts? Or is it, really, just envy on the part of people like Bertram who- stuck in the private sector like most of us- are like kids with their faces glued against the show window salivating for the goodies they can't reach?
Eventually, if you get people (the taxpayers) mad enough- they're going to take matters into their own hands- and smash the window. SB5 Anyone?
May 18, 2015 at 10:19 p.m.