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Thanks, Hometown News
A while back, at the urging of a resident of West Canaveral Groves, Hometown News placed a newspaper dispenser at the entrance of our community.
I wish to extend a belated, but hearty, thank you!
Please forgive my "French," but our community, rural and rustic, is thought of by some as the red-headed, bastard stepchild of Canaveral Groves. Maybe that's why, just like Roger Dangerfield, said, "We don't get no respect."
Why, not so many years ago, Florida Today (everyone's favorite fish wrapper) referred to us residents as, "... scruffy, fiercely independent, denizens of the woods."
Yes, they did and I really don't think it was meant as a compliment. However, some of us did take it as such.
The way I see it is, "scruffy" is in the eyes of the beholder and "denizens?" We just happen to be inhabitants (residents) of a rural and rustic community.
Finally, what can possibly be wrong with being "fiercely independent?"
So, again, I extend a thank you for being a good neighbor to our community.
Sorry it took so long for me to say it.
Editor's note: We believe the writer was referring to Rodney Dangerfield.
Change to just 'rants?'
I suggest that you change the Rants & Raves to just rants.
I don't see a lot of raves anymore.
How about mandatory polygraph tests for everyone? When you fail, they stamp a big "BS" on your chest.
Work, pay Social Security taxes, retire, collect Social Security and pay taxes on them. It makes sense to me.
Sorry, that was a rave.
What about other smells?
This is in regard to the article written about banning smoking in Florida forever.
While I agree 100 percent with the article, I cannot help wonder why nobody has ever written about over-powering perfume/cologne, especially in public restaurants and public places.
Why is it that people douse it all over their bodies instead of applying it sparingly?
Body odor is becoming an issue also. Wouldn't it be easier to take a bath or shower? This, too, is bad for people with breathing disorders and/or lung problems.
Come on people, start thinking about others, whether it's smoking, perfume or body odor.
Look clearly at the 2014 rate compared to the 2013 rate.
For those of you who are on Medicare, you probably haven't heard about this in the mainstream news.
The per-person Medicare insurance premium will increase from the 2011 monthly fee of $96.40, to $104.20 in 2012, $120.20 in 2013 and $247 in 2014.
These are provisions incorporated in the "Obamacare" legislation, purposely delayed so as not to confuse the 2012 re-election campaigns.
Editor's note: According to Factcheck.org this claim is false. "A year ago we also took on a completely fabricated claim that the new health care law would cause Medicare premiums to more than double to $247 in 2014. That's not remotely close to the truth. Medicare officials currently predict the actual figure will be $112.10." For more on this go to www.factcheck.org.
Response to 'national deficit'
To the person who wrote about the national deficit. What a wonderful idea that is.
We all could afford that tax. However, the politicos in Washington would have the money spent before it had a chance to take a bite out of anything.
What is wrong with this picture?
U.S. Space Alliance closed its doors, adding to the unemployment statistics.
This week, the employees for base supply at Patrick Air Force Base were given their walking papers with the explanation that they no longer are qualified for their jobs. Some of these people have been on the job for more than 30 years.
They were informed that the jobs would now only be available to prior and current civil servants and ex-military personnel.
Is this how the current administration is creating new jobs by displacing the current work force? This does not make economic sense.
How about "displacing" the non-papered and green-card work force with American workers who will keep the revenue in our country?
Something's got to give, and it's not the American people!
We give very dearly as they say, "at the office." We give our service and loyalty only to be "displaced" by an administration with its own agenda. That is not very American in my book.
It's time to reclaim our America and reinstate the values and beliefs that our country was founded on.
The whole political scene is one big circus, fuelled by the media.
People of each party relish the insults blasted at their opponents. It has reached epic proportions.
Minds are being controlled to a frenzy state. The more they hear, the more they become agitated. How sad.
There should be a law against it. Campaigning should not begin until three months before elections, and all road signs should be banned. They are a distraction to drivers.
Also, we should vote for term limits.
Response to 'national debt'
A Rants & Raves title was "Our national debt and how to battle it."
The writer of this article stated that the U.S. population is 33 million; it is 313 million. I guess they made a typo, or they thought they were living in 1948.
If the population of the U.S. was only 33 million, and we have the same GDP, I don't think our economy would be in bad shape.
Our economy is in bad shape because our public school system throughout the U.S. is a farce and an embarrassment.
Children are not learning today because of the forces that took the teachers and boards of educations means of punishment away, a long time ago.
When prayer was taken out of the schools in 1973, it was the beginning of the end. Plus, there are many more problems facing the nation because of our current demographics.
Once upon a time, most immigrants who came to America were from Europe. They already had this mind set of hard work, save- money-for-a-rainy-day mentality, like my grandparents and parents.
The new waves of immigrants do not have this mental philosophy, or I have not seen it in my experiences.
I am 45 years old. I know the way I write makes one think that I am a narrow- minded Republican. Wrong again.I am an open- minded liberal independent.
If I think our nation is falling apart, I can just imagine what the ultra conservatives feel like.
To make a long story short, if you seriously want to improve the economy, then you must change all the schools in the public setting. Children whose parents are from India and Korea, who really want to learn should not have to be in a classroom with disruptive students who exhibit no desire for higher education.
Our future doctors, engineers, philosophers, teachers, scientists, writers and nurses must be given every opportunity to learn.
This does not entail putting them in classrooms with a bunch of undisciplined "Wal-Martians."
Taking over in January?
The United States has a very high percentage of people who are non-ambulatory, many are bed ridden. There are a lot in the blue states who are kept alive on the taxpayer's dime. Some might be kept alive in the red states.
Now, when Mitt Romney becomes the president on Jan. 20 and starts his "drone wars" all over the globe, and increases military spending exponentially, where do you think his administration is going to get the dollars to do this?
I have no children in the public or private school systems. Thankfully, I have no children who are going to fight in the Romney/Ryan wars for God, country and apple pie.
I never got a dime from the government, nor do I think I will live to see retirement age, 72, if the Republicans control Congress for the next 25 years, which is a possibility.
So, the state has never given me money or a paycheck, except for the years I was in the Naval Reserve.
Getting back to my opening statement, what is going to happen to all the people who are not able to take care of themselves, like the disabled, handicapped, blind, deaf, mute, autistic or who Romney just thinks as undesirable?
I know what is going to happen, it has happened before in Germany from 1933-45.
Wake up America.
Romney's administration will be so bad that people will want to go back to the Bush days.
So, get down on your knees with that old-time religion and pray for better days in 2021.
Everything is not 'Bush's' fault
The day that the Democrats took over was not when Obama took office, Jan. 22, 2009; it was actually Jan. 3, 2007, the day Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate at the very start of the 110th Congress.
The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.
For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush's fault," think about this.
At the same time in 2007, the Dow Jones closed at $12,621.77, the GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5 percent and the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent.
George Bush's economic policies set a record of 52 straight months of job growth.
Remember that Jan. 3, 2007, was the day Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? Banking and financial services.
The Democrats added to this crisis by (among many other things) dumping $5-6 trillion of toxic loans on the economy from your Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fiascos!
President Bush asked Congress 17 times to stop Fannie & Freddie, starting in 2001, because it was financially risky for the U.S. economy.
And who fought against the reform of Fannie and Freddie? Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress.
Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 and 2009, as well as 2010 and 2011.
In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending and Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.
For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.
And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as president to complete 2009.
If (President) Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.
In a nutshell, what (President) Obama is saying is "I inherited a deficit that I voted for, and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since Jan. 20."
Apparently, I'm supposed to be more angry about what Mitt Romney does with his money than what Barack Obama does with mine.
Editor's note: Factcheck.org reports there is plenty of blame to go around. For more on this issue, go to www.factcheck.org/eletcions-2008.
Reply to 'see the movie'
This movie's ludicrous premise has been widely derailed and is not factual.
Check out what the Seattle Times wrote about it at http://tinyurl.com/97mfnw9.
To believe that (President) Obama was so influenced by a father who left him when he was 2 and only saw him once more when he was 10, is absolutely ludicrous.
Reply to 'dear citizens'
You have written two blatant falsehoods (about "Obamacare"). I'm sure you're just repeating what you've been told or read - but they are untrue.
You should know that the insurance companies are against this law.After all, it restricts their profits to 10 percent. And the United States Chamber is against this law. The U.S. Chamber is no friend to the average American. Both are spending millions to elect those who would repeal it for their benefit, not yours.
Please check www.factcheck.org, which is the non-partisan site which was actually recommended by Vice President Dick Cheney in his vice presidential debate. He said it was the site he trusted and used himself.
Check page 50 and 59 of the bill.
You may also want to check out other false claims about the law also at Fact check at www.factcheck.org/2009/08/seven-falsehoods-about-health-care/, www.factcheck.org/2010/10/health-care-spin-again/ and www.factcheck.org/2012/05/romneys-gross-exaggeration-on-obamacare/.
So, don't tell me that "ObamaCare" is going to cause premium increases or cut your benefits. Those lies are being spread by the insurance companies, and the U.S. Chamber is repeating them over and over.
That doesn't make any of their claims true.
The country has a chance right now to "buy American" to get our country together, so let's buy American products.
I get so disgusted when I see imported TV shows on television, especially the ones that have the "cookie jar" label on them.
They are so terrible and have lousy productions, even the colorful ones that are cartoons for our kids.
Why are we buying stuff from Canada?
There are other shows on TV that are from Canada, and they are all junky.
We don't know any of these stars. We don't know any of these locations, so why are they putting a show from Canada on?
Why don't they buy American cartoons?
I have often wondered, since I was 10 or 12 years old, what is so special about your country of origin, yet people who have migrated here want to celebrate it?
If I read my history books correctly, most migrants came here to escape oppression, poverty or some other reason to seek a new way of life.
So why celebrate where you came from, especially after several generations have passed?
My bloodlines are Irish, English and German. Growing up in my family, no one was ever heard extolling the virtues of those countries.
They put them behind them and worked to make this country better.
It seems that we shouldn't want to detract back into the countries that made us leave or made our families want to leave.
But here we are, sticking our noses, sacrificing the blood of our young and wealth we no longer have, but actually borrowing to help those that made us want to immigrate.
Rising gas prices
In regard to the gas prices, I think it is ridiculous how the companies raise the gas prices that often when it is unnecessary.
I would appreciate it if they would get sensible for the people, especially those who are out of work and also for those who drive to work as a necessity.