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Comment Archives: Stories: Opinion

Re: “Review: Domestic Caviar

Your writing is fine and gives food for thought. I hope that I’ll have more time to read your articles.

Posted by Braden Calvert on 09/03/2013 at 11:22 PM

Re: “Critiquing "Cash for Clunkers"

I SAW MSRP Price + more $935 some Packing sticker. I have been cheated by
this dealer totally. I gave my van thinking that I am getting $4500, but I did not. I have
been cheated. CHEAT PROGRAM - Is there any deal between the GOVT and the DEALER?

Posted by sarasude on 08/26/2009 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Critiquing "Cash for Clunkers"

Who benefits for this CASH FOR CLUNKERS? My opinion is not the customers. The DEALERS. When you go for the this program to buy a new card
you can not bargain for the car you are going to buy. So, you will be loosing approximately $3000+. You will be thinking that you are going to get $4500 for
your old car, but not since you could not bargain and you are going for the new car. Now, the dealer ask you for the payment. How many go for full
cash payment. Not many. Now you go for loan whatever the interest rate the dealer tells. This is complete CHEAT. Both government and the
dealers cheating the people.

Posted by sarasude on 08/26/2009 at 12:55 PM

Re: “The Single-Payer is the Taxpayer

"Single payer failures" ? Oh ? You mean, like in Canada and England ? Where everyone is insured and where doctors pay attention to their patients rather than to what insurance codes to put on a form? While people in both Canada and England grumble about the fact that they sometimes wait for tests and surgery, folks here are not only waiting just as long or longer - due to haggling with their insurance companies - but people in the U.S. pay a lot more than in Canada and England. If our current system is so great, why do dual citizens go back to their other countries for health care? Face it. Our current system is too expensive and doesn't even serve the people who are working and getting health care as well as the "failed" systems in other countries.

Posted by A Ha on 07/17/2009 at 12:58 PM

Re: “California's Call to Convention

The undeniable consequences of unfettered illegal immigration, illustrates the terrible burden placed on Californians with a crushing budget meltdown. A time back city councilor Andronovich stated, " $ 11. billion can be attributed to every illegal alien, who slips across the border." Annually the cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds one billion dollars, which includes $220 million for public safety, $400 million for health care, and $500 million in welfare and food stamps allocations. Public Social Services also shows that children of illegal aliens in Los Angeles County collected more than $21 million in welfare and more than $22 million in food stamps in March 2009 -- an increase of $1 million from the previous month, according to a news release from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. In addition Twenty-four percent of the county's total allotment of welfare and food stamp benefits goes directly to the children of illegal aliens born in the United States he indicated. But that's just Los Angeles County? That's the awful quagmire of taxes of forced mandates. REMOVE THE STIGMA OF SANCTUARY CITIES & STATES OF WHICH CALIFORNIA HAS IMPLEMENTED AGAINST FEDERAL LAW.

It is estimated 3 to 4 million foreign nationals have illegal settled in this county alone. What about the rest of California? How about the the liberal stronghold of San Francisco, where illegals criminals are sheltered, and where a drained city treasury can still find hundreds of thousands of dollars to issue illegal ID cards. How about the mandatory taxes extracted from every American nationwide? The people will no longer accept higher taxes to support illegal immigrants and their families, who have strained the both federal , county and state funding. The reservoirs of money supposedly to pay for medical care, education and government to benefit citizens and residents in California have been paid out instead to illegal immigrants. The dire cash problems in California shows years of neglect by its legislators, who have genuflected to the business communities.

Analyst Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation found high school-dropouts-who headed households pay an average of $9,700 a year in taxes but collect an average of $32,138 a year in benefits. Overpopulation should be a major concern in the state. Only the nocturnal drivers are free over traffic clogs. In a third year of drought, this is the time to enact in California, the illegal alien extraction tool called E-Verify. Only the predatory businesses refuse to identify foreign workers with this excellent successful program. Only the corrupt members of Sacramento's state assembly have not made it a permanent law, that should be used for all American workers. Only Sen.Harry Reid, majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other mostly Democratic Senators have tried to weaken or kill it's power to perform. Learn more at JUDICIALWATCH, NUMBERSUSA & CAPSWEB.

Posted by Dave on 05/20/2009 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Mea Culpa

The Church doesn't regard confessions that are not done in person as valid. So this use of technology (the same goes for using a telephone, text message, etc.) not only doesn't follow the Catholic norm, but also isn't legitimate. Why? It's one of the seven sacraments, and like the other six, it requires a person's physical presence to receive the sanctifying graces that come with it.

The convenience of this kind of confession aside, I think it's comforting to know that some things can never be replaced with a machine. Sins are and will always be absolved by a priest in persona Christi. Although the Second Vatican Council never said anything about de-emphasizing the importance of sacramental reconciliation (sadly, many clergy seem to be under this impression as well), it still is an critical part of the faith.

Another practical benefit is that the seal of confession is much less likely to ever be broken without a paper trail. A priest is bound by pains of excommunication to never repeat anything said to others. Can you imagine the awful paper trail of people's wrongdoings all logged in one place? Now that would be hell.

Posted by Leong, Lancelote on 05/16/2009 at 10:30 PM

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