“I agree that a college athlete union is silly but I do not agree that the government should get involved either. These athletes need more than just 3 squares a day with the heavy training they do. Common sense should tell anyone deciding the meal plan for athletes that a standard plan would not be enough food. I have never had a competitive athlete in my family but even I know that if you are hard core working out you need at least 170 grams of high quality protein for the body to work with. Most college meals don't qualify for that in any regard.”
JAGold on Apr 16, 2014 at 18:08:54
“I agree with you BUT ... as is so often true, institutions, businesses, corporations and powerful people often do not do the RIGHT thing unless forced by governmental law, regulations or guidelines or some other power, like community revolt.
These institutions of learning make big profits off the blood, sweat and tears of these big time student athletes ... why not do the right thing and provide the type of meals they need and not what some inactive 5'8" 150 lbs unathletic weakling needs to walk from class to class.”
“If they want a civil union - okey dokey with me. Just do not call it marriage. Marriage is a religious ceremony designated by God to be one man, one woman. By calling same sex unions marriage, the true religious meaning of marriage is demeaned.”
peg2584 on Feb 27, 2014 at 12:40:29
“"By calling same sex unions marriage, the true religious meaning of marriage is demeaned."
How so? I mean really, how? When you are at the Pearly Gates, are you going to be asked if you were married just like a same-sex couple? And if you answer yes, you are put on the elevator down?
Your marriage can only be demeaned by you and your spouse. No one else.”
exeggutor35 on Feb 27, 2014 at 06:41:57
“Girl please, take a seat, in the back of the plane. That's the most crabapple reasoning ever stated. YOU don't nor can't own a word or insist something is religious just because the church said it. It wasn't like that before.”
lissy0625 on Feb 27, 2014 at 04:06:49
“If the "true religious meaning" of my upcoming marriage is "demeaned" by ANYTHING done by anyone else, it doesn't say much for the strength of my marriage to begin with, does it?”
Nagarjuna on Feb 27, 2014 at 02:24:49
“Separate is NOT equal.
Please produce this "God" of which you speak. If you can't, this "God" of yours has no place in our public policy.”
Viktor Todorovic on Feb 26, 2014 at 23:36:35
“Did you noticed how the priest said (if you got married by one as I did) "By the power bestowed in me by God and the State of -fill in the blank-"? This lawsuit deals with the State part of the issue not the God part. Actually, no one is going to force any religious institution to marry anyone they don't want to. But the State will have to accommodate same sex couples as it is required by the equal protection clause in the US Constitution. Now, for all those who are fundamentally unhappy with that, I can only say: Move to Uganda.”
Seven Teenatheart on Feb 26, 2014 at 22:45:24
“Marriage predates your religion and historically has not consistently had any such meaning.”
beariffic1 on Feb 26, 2014 at 22:13:14
“civil unions do not work. Why don't YOU get a civil union! In fact, why don't I get to vote on who you chose to marry? Why do I not get a say in the fact that you breed with someone I might not approve of? There is no religious meaning in marriage. Marriage is defined by a piece of paper you get from the courthouse. You don't get your license in a church. You don't even have to have a church involved to get married. You lose! Get over it!”
John Bays on Feb 26, 2014 at 20:07:23
“Not Really. The "Legal" requirement for the County Issuing the marriage license has nothing to do with concepts of God or religion - or sexual orientation. As an Ordained Minister - Priest - Ayatola or whatever - the legal requirement is simple - Do You? and Do You? That's it. Nobody is required to "Claim" their religion or espouse any belief in any "God" or "gods HOWEVER: Requiring a declaration of religion or Sexual Preference would be "Unconstitutional".
"Christian Marriage" how about we follow the example of the Bible. 100's of wives - Thousands of "Concubines".”
guynorred on Feb 26, 2014 at 18:58:13
“If that were so, the government would have not say in what a marriage is. It would be completely up to the individual religious groups. Some religious groups by the way do recognize same sex marriages though so even if it were as you say, you would still be wrong.”
Doug Sandlin on Feb 26, 2014 at 18:45:11
“That doesn't matter, though, legally -- because the U.S. Constitution is not based on anyone's religious ideas.”
lebari762 on Feb 26, 2014 at 18:33:58
“Hmmm, then I guess every marriage ever before the invention of Christianity was null and void. Got it. Oh, how about you stop getting divorced and cheating on your spouses before you go trying to tell everyone what "marriage" is?”
Keefy88 on Feb 26, 2014 at 18:27:24
" a (1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage "
“That's where you couldn't be more wrong. "Marrriage" is the secular, civil, legal term for the state authorized contract between two consenting adults.
"Holy matrimony" is the term for a church wedding. You can have all the church weddings you want, but without that state authorized marriage license, without the clergy saying "by the power vested in me by the state," and without filling that marriage certificate with the state afterward, then you're not legally married.
Civil marriage long predates the religious interference in marriage. It was only about 300 years ago that the church involved itself in marriage at all. Before that, and still today, it's a legal contract having to do with property rights and rights of inheritance.”
RobertFromWestHolly on Feb 26, 2014 at 17:39:07
“Marriage was adopted by religious institutions to propagate their faith(s). Marriage's definition has evolved continuously over the millennia. The true traditional definition of marriage is a property contract where a man buys a wife from her father with a dowery and becomes the property of the man. Is that the definition you were trying to protect?”
mountainmania09 on Feb 26, 2014 at 17:27:33
“The constitution has to do with civil, not relgious, rights.”
LoudGuitr on Feb 26, 2014 at 17:06:38
“I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong. There is no god for many of us. Mind your own business.”
lucieloves on Feb 26, 2014 at 17:02:05
“Actually, marriage was a legal, binding contract long before religion ever came into it. My husband and I were married by a Justice of the Peace. Does that mean that our marriage isn't valid, just because we weren't married in the church? If two people, who are deeply in love, and committed to each other, want to get married, then far be it from me to stop them. I know several gay couples in committed relationships. The oldest relationship was one of 30 years. They were devoted to each other, and when one of them fell ill, it was his partner who took care of him for years on end until the day he died. Nobody else did. Not even his family. My husband's first wife married a second time, and then left her husband when she found out he had Multiple Sclerosis. So you tell me. Which is the more devoted and loving relationship?”
PlayDay on Feb 26, 2014 at 16:57:43
“If you wish to define marriage that way, it's okey dokey with me. And I will fight for your freedom to consider it so. However, when your definition of marriage challenges the civil rights of others in this country, that becomes an issue. Hence, the wild and crazy rhetoric and seemingly endless lawsuits. It's a constitutional matter, and the courts have ruled that it takes precedence over religious beliefs. Get used to it.”
December22nd2012 on Feb 26, 2014 at 16:57:25
“Look up the true meaning of marriage....keep your Bible fables to yourself...PLEASE !!! happy marriage"; "god bless this union"
two people who are married to each other; "his second marriage was happier than the first"; "a married couple without love"
the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
a close and intimate union; "the marriage of music and dance"; "a marriage of ideas"
Wordnet English Thesaurus
wedlock, wedding, nuptials, matrimony
alliance, merger, coupling, amalgamation, link, association, confederation, union.....
nowhere does this act claim to belong to the "religious"”
patdamenace on Feb 26, 2014 at 16:43:47
“I don't believe in God so again, why force your beliefs onto others? You still haven't answered Thure's question.”
Roni Sutton on Feb 26, 2014 at 16:42:21
“Actually, marriage has existed far longer than has religion. While it certainly can be a religious ceremony, it was designed by man and is a legal binding contract.”
acdthurlow on Feb 26, 2014 at 16:32:07
“Nobody is compelling religious groups from performing ceremonies. This involves civil marriages. I do not feel that my marriage, performed in a Catholic Church, will change in any way if two men or two women have their union recognized.”
shaktiqueen on Feb 26, 2014 at 16:27:53
“Holy Matrimony is a religious ceremony not marriage. Marriage is a contract between consenting adults witnessed by the state. There is no "True Religious" meaning of marriage. There are religious ceremonies available for those who wish to avail themselves but if you don't have a state issued marriage license your marriage isn't legally valid no matter what church you have a ceremony in.”
Lisa B on Feb 26, 2014 at 16:26:55
“By your definition, atheists and agnostics can't marry each other either. Just because the church holds weddings doesn't mean legal marriage is religious.”
“I don;t remember a Democrat stepping down ... Ever. If Christie were a Democrat this would not be in the news at all nor would be be investigated. Apparently what is ok for the goose is NOT ok for the gander.”
“Looks like they've mostly been sexified instead of staying child friendly. And who says girls will only play with pink LEGO'S? I think parents have more to do with making LEGO'S offer girly colors rather than what girls versus boys will play with.”
“Were you too lazy to read the article, because it explains exactly who he is. I always find it interesting when people like you advertise just how ignorant they are while utilizing the internet.”
jefferycampbell on Jan 3, 2014 at 13:27:27
“I love people who come to an article like this one and post as you do. What is your purpose? Is it to say, nose in the air, that you are above something as pedestrian as a knowledge or television, or of current entertainments? Because if you were all that high-falutin' you wouldn't be posted on HP. None of us would.”
“Ain't it the truth. In my mind, a conservative is working for smaller government not growing government, fewer taxes, less spending, cutting bloated entitlements, reducing regulations, creating a favorable environment for businesses. As a business owner I can tell you we have a very oppressive government under Obama and a democrat run Senate. I do not see it getting any better unless we get people in office that actually honor the constitution and understand that government is supposed to be accountable to the people and not the other way around. This has been a battle for decades. I can clearly tell you that the Obama admin is the most dangerous we have had since Woodrow Wilson with Lyndon Johnson right behind Wilson.”
TuoulumneFlower on Dec 12, 2013 at 13:51:19
“Well, you'll have to pull that ultrasound wand out of my vagina, courtesy of conservative governors, before I believe conservatives are for smaller government.
Also, "The People" is more than "the business owners."”
Gary Doc Coatoam on Dec 12, 2013 at 13:33:42
“You sound like one very savvy lady! And you know your history too!”
“Like James Spader, do not like the show. It's too violent and dark, too much. I like the premise of the show but I can't watch it. If they would tone down the amount of blood and violence I could watch. There are ways to film the fights that "imply" rather than overtly feature the violence.”
edejan on Dec 4, 2013 at 21:18:13
“Yeah, a lot of shows have gotten really violent and gory. I still like him and watch the show. If you want real unmitigated gore, watch Bones and CSI.”
gerrieg on Dec 4, 2013 at 17:15:36
“I laugh almost during the whole show! I really like it a lot....Spader is awesome!”
okaythen on Dec 4, 2013 at 17:12:55
“mmm sounds like you can not wrap your head around it. Not too bright.”
“Yes I know it is not real but it still can get into people...There is a very real spiritual evil in the world and even though this is not "real" it can make people vulnerable to the influence of the evil forces that fight daily against morality and living right. Right is not really the word I want...living the Spiritual life of relationship with God that He wants for all. Even if one does not want that, why allow those wicked story lines into your consciousness...Sorry, so hard to explain. Before I was a Christian living in a relationship with God, this stuff was far out to me. Now I find I am more sensitive to scary, wicked,licentious tv plots and movies. This is by no means meant to be a criticism of you or your life and choices. I would just rather see different stuff on tv- plots that uplift and encourage not scare and debase people.”
“Sorry, I know lots of people like it, no offense meant. I think it is base and not a good show to watch. Just my opinion. There are not too many TV shows that are very good in my opinion. Too many are low rent humor, crass, of low morals.”
“HI InnaGaadaDaVida!! haven;t heard that for a while. Do you know the story of that song title? The writer was so drunk that when he told the band the title was In the Garden of Eden, they heard InnaGaadaDaVida!! Ha. Independant small businesses cannot keep up with gov't employee pay and benefits. It used to be that private pay was better or same. Not anymore. There was a time when gov't employees were know as the ones that couldn't make it in the real world of responsible employmee and gov;t was their fall back. We used to feel sorry for them. What a paradigm shift these last decades.”
“you are right, and I am working on different income stream. Takes a while but eventually I will be able to step out of this job. Small businesses have really taken a hit since the economy took a nasty hit. My job does not suck, just small independant companies can't keep up with gov't employee pay even though it used to surpass gov;t pay. There was a time when gov't workers were people who could not make in the private sector and we felt sorry for them having to resort to gov't employment. How the paradigm has changed.”
“I have not had a raise in 5 years and I do not have the benefits either that gov;t workers have. I don't think they should have raises. Bah, humbug, no one will care about my opinion anyway.”
Anne Rutherford on Oct 17, 2013 at 15:24:16
“You should have benefits and a decent employer should give a raise. The folks that work for the company are the ones making him money. Lots of us care about what has happened in this country in the last say, 30 years. Stop and think - making someone else as unhappy as you are because they seem to have more is exactly the kind of thinking that the folks who won't pay a living wage or provide access to benefits want. Perhaps a little organizing is in order.”
rj2860 on Oct 17, 2013 at 15:11:35
“Same for me - AND I took a 12% pay cut in 2009 that has yet to be restored.
NO sympathy for ANY government employees, they have it GOOD.”
duzntmatr on Oct 17, 2013 at 15:05:02
“Maybe the job you have sucks. If it bothered you not getting raises for 5yrs, either speak up or get a different one. It is not the fault of any one else.”