“I agree with you and it's a shame we don't have leaders with common sense running this country...”
marc-levin on Apr 30, 2012 at 11:32:40
“We the voters just can’t afford to stop making our voices heard after election day. On the contrary, we have to continue to make our voices express our perspectives, not resting or trusting for a minute, in the face of insanity, fear and greed.
Democracy is like muscles and brains, if you don’t use them, you lose them.
So, whatever we believe, let us continue to raise our voices and, wherever possible, concentrate our energy and deeds in tune with our beliefs.
Many wishes for many Blessings to you, yours and ours, alohadave13.”
“What an array of comments! Unfortunately abuse by teachers is a reality, and I'm sorry if they're having a bad day. I was one of those kids. I was abused by teachers from kindergarten until 8th grade. I'm a high functioning autistic aka Asperger 's Syndrome. I'm now 60 years old and those memories still haunt me. I don't know what an equitable solution might be, but I do know that an innocent child with a disability doesn't deserve this type of trauma inflicted on him or her. And yes, it all boils down to $$$. Instituionalizing a disabled child probably costs more than providing a safe classroom environment with compassionate individuals trained to deal with special needs. But far less than embarking on unnecessary wars or bogus excuses like "protecting American interests." Just my humble opinion...”
katgal1232 on Apr 30, 2012 at 11:27:24
“Actually you have provided more proof that something needs to be done. Keep putting that opinion out there because YOUR OPINION ACTUALLY MATTERS, you lived it. I remember my ADHD brother getting tied to his chair by a "special ed" teacher, according to the school my bro was destined for prison at age six. Well, he was the first one out of my siblings to get his degree and has a fabulous career as a photo editor. Please keep giving your opinion.”
sasophie on Apr 30, 2012 at 00:42:41
“No child deserves bullying and abuse by the adults they are supposed to trust. I completely agree - institutionalizing children is both unethical, and bad economics. Special education teachers have higher pay, and higher responsibility. People who do not have the compassion or ability to see the promise in children who are disabled should simply not be in such an otherwise admirable field of work.”
Tim in Tucson on Apr 30, 2012 at 00:12:52
“I'm with you! I, too, was abused by some of my teachers. To this day, I refuse to praise all teachers like so many want us to do, thinking that all are so altruistic. They aren't! Most teachers deserve respect for what they do. However, let's understand that there are some very, very bad apples that need to be removed from the teaching field!”
marc-levin on Apr 30, 2012 at 00:10:10
“I agree. Considering the amount spent on war contracts and materiel that even defense department authorities say we don’t need, wouldn’t it be a good idea to move that money, plus the million of $ in welfare-subsidies given to oil, energy and other major industries, to the disenfranchised in our society??? In all societies for that matter….”
“Interesting article. However, I think the subject of the article can be summed up quite simply: Men are just horny most of the time, and are looking for some type of mechanism to fulfill that urge, so to speak. And porn, regardless of opinion, is a quick and "safe" means to an end, a "happy end".”
“This is the most eloquent succinct statement about gay marriage that I've read to date. His words should be the nucleus of all future endeavors to finally end the discrimination against the LGBT community and any other minority group once and for all.”
hp blogger Michael B. Laskoff on Nov 4, 2009 at 16:50:31
“I love this story and I wish it were illegal to smoke in all states, inside or outside. That's because I'm a smoker, albeit a light one, and I'm having a terrible time trying to quit. The saying that quitting smoking is harder than quitting heroin is very believable in my opinion. But in reference to the current healthcare debate, I think prevention, i.e. quitting smoking should be a paramount requisite for any public option. And I do hope we get a public option which is a basic human need and human right.”
eatyourveggies on Aug 31, 2009 at 02:36:28
“You can quit. I did after 30 years.
Realize it is about chemical addiction, not will power. Arm yourself with the facts. Give yourself 3 days to plough through the withdrawal symptoms, and then, you're free.
“I believe Winta doesn't understand that most physicians are already hamstrung by the private insurers. They usually have to get pre-approval for most expensive tests let alone procedures. And if the customer service agent at the Insurance Company is trying to make their quota of denials for the month in order to keep his/her job, then that test or procedure will be denied, i.e. "rationed healthcare by the insurance company." And don't forget we're already ranked 37th in Health Quality by the World Health Organization and we are the only Western Industrialized Nation without Universal Access. Healthcare is a human need, a human right, and a civil right. If not, we might as well be required to have "insurance" to call the police department for help or the fire department to put out a fire. This entire debate is as ridiculous as that notion.”
“Thank you for your story and again calling out the lies of the opponents of Health Care Reform in the U.S. It's very sad that the majority of the country are so ignorant to believe all of the lies and propaganda put forth by the GOP and the Health Insurance lobbies. The question that was posed by a respected Congressman from NY recently on Good Morning Joe (Scarborough) was "Why do we need health insurance companies?" Joe Scarborough was never able to answer the question because there is not reason for them except to get in the way of doctors and patients and collect outrageous fees for doing nothing more than administrative work, and DENYING CLAIMS to those that most need health care. In summary, the U.S. is a country of PROFITS and not humanity.”
“Thank you Mr. Sutherland for stating the truth and the facts about Max Baucus. More importantly I'm grateful to notable people like yourself being vocal about such an important milestone in this country. Hopefully your plea to Max Baucus to "stand up" for what's right will be heard by all.”
“This is probably the most honest representation of where we are as a country as anything I've ever read or heard. I hope these points end up on your show for discussion, and furthermore I hope those in power are made to answer for them. Thanks Bill for all of your contributions to our society. We need people with common sense to raise these issues.”
“Thanks for overtly tying the Big Auto Makers with the Oil Industry and our Defense Budget. That consortium is never or rarely discussed in the media. Unfortunately I don't think the majority of the population would truly understand the connection. And our government leaders regardless of party have allowed this to go on far too long. Please keep exposing this at every opportunity you have.”
“Correction: Hawaii DOES NOT recognize same-sex marriages. Over the past several months, I have actively participated in organizing and attempting to get a recent Civil Union bill passed in our legislature. Our current Hawaii statute is very clear that same-sex marriages performed in other states are not recognized in the state of Hawaii. In fact, it is doubtful we will ever get Civil Unions even with our dominant Democrat led legislature. The Catholic Church and other anti-Gay religious entities are extremely powerful in the state of Hawaii. They have poured a great deal of money into influencing our legislature to dismiss this important issue. I suspect our legislature is more concerned with re-election than fairness and equality.”
“I had no idea that Mr. Reynolds could depict a horrific story with such tongue-and-cheek language. This explains his ability to make humour (Canadian) on the screen so effortless. Kudos to you Mr. Reynolds for voicing your opinion about a very sad and inhumane practice. I doubt most of the readers either want nor can afford a "baby seal" coat, and I fail to find the necessity in wearing "fur" to keep out the cold with all of the man-made insulating coats available on the market. In any economy, when one industry dies or becomes obsolete, we need to find a new way to make a living. It appears the "hunters" of the Great White North need to "think out of the box" and adapt to the 21st century and beyond.”
Just4theHalibut on Apr 2, 2009 at 22:59:56
“Um... I'm fairly sure all those "man-made" insulating coats are made from petroleum products.
And probably sewn together by exploited 3rd world workers...
So would you support oil drilling in the Arctic and its potential hazard to seals and all other Arctic life, in order to "adapt to the 21st century"?”
“Very objective op-ed. But you and most other bloggers/reporters have failed to note the update to Rick Warren's BeliefNet interview which clarified his position on "equal rights" and "civil unions."
Excerpt: [Clarification from Pastor Warren 12/15: I now see you asked about CIVIL UNIONS -and I responded by talking about CIVIL RIGHTS. Sorry. They are two different issues. No American should ever be discriminated against because of their beliefs. Period. But a civil union is not a civil right. Nowhere in the constitution can you find the “right” to claim that any loving relationship identical to marriage. It’s just not there. ]
Rick Warren does not support Civil Unions (equal rights for gays) as has been consistently reported.”
Thank you SO MUCH for your post. I couldn't agree with you more. It does make one wonder why the homophobes are so vocal. I tend do agree that they may be uncomfortable in their "own skin" and are looking for "scape goats" like Hitler did. Fortunately the younger generations are not falling for it. Between Pat Boone's latest comparison of homosexuals and the terrorists in Mumbai, we need all the rational heterosexual thinkers like yourself. Many thanks again for posting.”
FormerReaganite on Dec 9, 2008 at 22:53:54
“Thanks for your kind comment, alohadave13. I want to elaborate on a point:
"The homo-phobe is the one with the mental problem, not the homosexual."
Homophobia is a disease of the mind which causes fear, anxiety, hatred, and
false pride. All are negative emotions and are symptoms of a troubled spirit.
A homo-phobe is a condescending person who does not possess a true love
and tolerance for humanity, in all of its manifold attributes. The homo-phobe
is truly a spiritually-bankrupt person. They should keep quiet about their
prejudices. Prejudice has no place in a modern spiritually-enlightened society.
What I am saying is: just live and let live, everyone!”
Dec 3, 2008 at 14:37:47
“LOVED IT! I think it's great that we can put a humorous spin on a serious topic. Personally, I think it shows just how bloody stupid the opponents are of "same-sex marriage." If they would go back and read the bible, they might realize that they practice "selective christianity." As a recovering Catholic, we call it being a "cafeteria Catholic." Love not hate should be the fundamental theme by both and let's get on with our lives in peace, and respect each others differences, but not get in the way of an LGBT family's happiness.”
“Thank you gentlemen for your honest, inspiring, and accurate snapshot of America. These points should be the foundation of all party platforms. I only hope that all of the candidates will read your letter and respond openly to the electorate. -Honolulu”
“Dear Bill: Thanks for your post. I've been inching towards becoming a full veggie for the past year, and after reading your blog and visiting the P.E.T.A website to watch the video, it's become a no-brainer. For those that may question the statistics that you reference, I suggest that they buy a copy of the book "Diet for a Small Planet" by Frances Moore Lappe published in 1977. This author tried to create an awareness thirty years ago on the effects of manufacturing "meat" in any capacity. At this juncture in human history, I believe it behooves all of us to become knowledgeable about all of the environmental impacts conducted on a daily basis by mankind, and take whatever small steps we can to reduce them. Many mahalos from Hawaii.”
Oct 31, 2007 at 15:25:25
“As always Dr. Chopra provides a "common sense" philosophical view of the world. This time focussing on "problem solving" that affects us "globally," and not individually or nationally, and channeling that energy into a positive direction without being sidetracked by all of the negative information thrust upon us. Dr. Tyson from the Hayden Planetarium in NY recently made a profound statement during a Discovery Channel program: "we are connected to each other "biologically," we are connected to the earth "chemically," and we are connected to the universe "atomically." I truly believe that if "our global leaders" would absorb both men's understanding of nature and mankind, we could "exponentially" make huge strides in helping the "human condition" and "our mother earth."”
Oct 20, 2007 at 16:36:13
“I always find Mr. Chopra's words inspirational, educational, and most definitely motivational. He seems to have mastered the ability to apply logic to spirituality, and understand how to transcend historical myths into ways to move forward as a civilization, learning from the past rather than dwelling on it. If only our world leaders would absorb his words and wisdom, invite him to be an advisor or consult in uniting all citizens of the world, and most importantly apply his philosophy in respecting the earth as our most cherished resource, I think all of us, rich, poor, old, or young would find new hope and meaning to our existence.”