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If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck...yeah, he's a terrorist, and he should be tried as a terrorist.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2009 on Call him a terrorist at Unfettered Letters
I've always been an Obama supporter, and I feel he should have gone on Fox. If he would sit down with America's enemies in diplomatic talks, why can't he go on a network that clearly hates him? He might have won some brownie points with Fox never know.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2009 on Why not Fox? at Unfettered Letters
If a compost pile stinks that badly and is attracting that many vermin, then your neighbor doesn't know how to make a good compost pile. As our communities begin to discontinue yard waste pickup in the coming year or two, we will pretty much be forced to find other ways to dispose of it all, and composting is the way to do it. Look for local extension services to begin training the public in the correct ways to make good compost in the next year.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2009 on The downside of composting at Unfettered Letters
Carter was referring to the extreme hate being shown toward Obama by the far right fringes, the ones who carry the Nazi-Stalin-Racist-Monkey-Socialist placards at teabagger gatherings. You know, the placards with all the misspelled words. Carter was alarmed, as I am, at the level of seething hate in these messages, even to the point of mentioning guns. He said what I've been thinking. The latent racism that people dare not display in polite society can be brought to the surface in the form of objections to Obama's policies on healthcare, the environment, or anything else. Whispering Jo is right...though I do believe Johnson County went for Obama -- the only Kansas County to do so.
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2009 on Carter’s racism remark at Unfettered Letters
So much for all that 'brother's keeper' and looking after 'the least of these' nonsense, eh Jerre? You don't speak for everyone in Johnson County. But you do perpetuate the stereotype.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2009 on Society doesn’t owe you at Unfettered Letters
My husband's family is British, and all still live there. The letter writer is correct. The British National Health Service isn't perfect, but it does cover everyone and the service isn't bad. Now, if you have a condition that isn't serious, you'll have to wait to have it taken care of, but so what? I have to wait a couple months to see my doctor -- and then a couple hours more in her waiting room. The Brits can also buy supplemental insurance. That ensured my sister-in-law faster and more extensive coverage when she had cancer. My twenty-something stepdaughters are fully covered by the National Health. Their employers aren't responsible for that. On the downside, I guess you could complain that taxes are a lot higher in the UK, but it's six of one, half dozen of the other. Either way, you're going to pay something for health insurance. At least in Britain, everyone is covered.
The whole thing just disgusts me. I never believed the Scottish government would come to that decision. My husband is from Scotland, and when the decision was announced last week, I advised him to speak with an English accent until the idiot Scots retreated from the headlines.
The saddest thing I've heard anyone say in this healthcare debate was from a woman on CNN yesterday. She has had to put off getting recommended tests for women over fifty. She said, "If I can't afford the mammogram, how can I afford the cancer?" The focus is on business rather than healthcare. These companies advertising their concern for our health are just that -- marketing ploys. Whatever you think of Michael Moore, his film "Sicko" documented the problems extremely well. I had a long debate with a woman from our insurance company yesterday. They have been after us for months to buy our prescriptions directly from them, by mail. We can get a 90-day supply if we give them our prescription business. If we use our local Walgreen's, we can only get a 30-day supply at one time. I insisted that I prefer to give the business to our local pharmacies, and not to our insurance company, and I begged her to put us on their no-call list for the promotion.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2009 on Insurance company greed at Unfettered Letters
Thankfully, a judge ruled that the school districts had no right to bring the suit, and the issue is dead. I was appalled at the sense of entitlement of the school districts, thinking they could essentially force a property tax hike so they could pad their coffers. Let them do with less like all the rest of us. Imagine the Pandora's box of lawsuits that might arise if this case were allowed to go forward. The lawsuits would never end, and neither would property tax hikes.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2009 on Schools must cut costs at Unfettered Letters
For heaven's sake, this is why God gave us immune systems. Let them do their jobs.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2009 on Shaking hands spreads germs at Unfettered Letters
Ah, okay. That's a VERY different Tina -- definitely not me. For a moment there, I thought some of you remembered me!
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2009 on Thinning park’s deer herd at Unfettered Letters
As long as developers and builders are allowed to strip and sell the topsoil from lots they build on, homeowners will need as much compost as they can get. I have always turned all usable food scraps into compost. I even put it through a food processor first so it'll decompose faster. Makes for a happy garden.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2009 on Recycling food waste at Unfettered Letters
Wow, I rarely even read here anymore, much less post, and I see I'm accused of being a bleeding heart deer apologist. Not so. I fully support controlled hunts, and I've said it before after one of these letters. Lelaving the staus quo will only result in more damage to property and more deer dying of starvation. Please don't assume you know whaat I'm thinking, okay?
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2009 on Thinning park’s deer herd at Unfettered Letters
The 'birthers' are the same loonies who are stocking up on guns and ammo and hoping for a Palin presidency in 2012. They're grabbing at straws. The elected Republican officials atr too gutless to step up and shut down the debate, for fear of losing their jobs in the next election.
Okay, and their wacky next door neighbors can be the Blagojevichs!
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2009 on Sitcom idea at Unfettered Letters
What bothered me so much about the coverage of The Open was the obsession with Tom Watson's age. They spoke of him as if he were overcoming a handicap, as if 59 was ancient. It all seemed so partonizing to me. Golf is a game that requires physical fitness, but that isn't where the true skills lie. Golf is a game of attitude, mental resilience and the wisdom acquired through many years of competing with yourself and with the courses you play. So why shouldn't Watson -- or anyone else on the senior tour -- have a shot at winning a major tournament? Watson nearly won the claret jug in a major tournament in which Tiger Woods didn't even make the cut. He is a real winner in my book!
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2009 on Proud of Tom Watson at Unfettered Letters
I read up on artificial turf about ten years ago and couldn't believe what a terrible idea it was. I can't imagine anything that would devalue a home more, or make it difficult to sell. If someone wanted to removed the artificial turf and grow real turf, they'd have a helluva project on their hands. If you don't want real turf and are looking for green landscaping options, prepare ornamental beds and plant water-wise plants. Use rocks and mulch and sculpture. Use anything but plastic!
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2009 on Turned off by turf at Unfettered Letters
I'm with Evelyn, If fireworks are legal for four days, people will used them for over a week. If they're legal for one day, they'll use them up in a four day period. Tina, no fan of backyard explosives
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2009 on Four days of fireworks? at Unfettered Letters
As little as a few sips of alcohol can begin to impair your judgement and reaction time. One drink...two drinks...three become progressively less able to operate a vehicle. If you drive, don't drink -- anything. Having almost been killed by a drunk driver three years ago, I'm all for the harshest penalties imaginable on first time offenders. It isn't as though people aren't aware of the laws or the consequences of driving after drinking. They just think they're perfectly able to drive after a few drinks, a perfect example of their loss of judgement. I'm not a member of MADD, but I think they need to keep at it unril idiots stop getting behind the wheel after drinking. They know they'll never win any popularity contests.
Ha -- that's peanuts! Try having your car towed in Chicago, New York or London, where they put a boot on it. Chicago has Lincoln Park towing, a company so infamous there was a hit song about them by Steve Goodman in the 70s: The Lincoln Park Pirates.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2009 on Towing fees exorbitant at Unfettered Letters
And while we're at it, let's get those $%&^# kids on ATVs off the bloody streets. they're noisy, they're dangerous, and they're driven by kids who are clueless about the rules of the road. They're all over the place down here in rural Johnson County.
Mr. Hartung may be on to something. Last year, my husband was sitting at a red light when a cyclist slammed into the back of his car. He quickly got up and rode off. With no license number to take down, there was nothing my husband or the witnesses could do. The damage total was $2500. The guy caved in the whole trunk and battered up the rear bumper. We got stuck for the $500 deductible. Yeah, licenses and fees might not be a bad idea.
I am all for a combination of conventional and alternative protocols. Doctors turn a blind eye to the benefits of herbs and things like Chinese medicine, but there are thousands of years of evidence that many alternative therapies, properly administered, work extremely well, and without the side effects of pharmaceuticals. But that said, there have been times when I had to use conventional medications and treatments. I don't see it as a "one or the other" thing. An open mind to all types of treatments is a good thing. Just don't trust everything you read in ads or on labels. Check out the effects of some herbals on your body, and don't ever use natural alternative remedies if you are taking prescription meds unless you get the green light from your doctor.
I got interested in the plight of GM because my dad worked for them after leaving Ford in the late 60s. Michael Moore's "Roger and Me" was a real eye opener, and then in the early 90s, I read a fascinating book titled "Rude Awakening: The Rise, Fall and Struggle for Recovery of General Morors". It was riveting -- and depressing, and it's even more depressing now because it was published almost 20 years ago and apparently GM's awakening wasn't quite rude enough.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2009 on Lesson for GM at Unfettered Letters
Anyone dumb enough to buy DDT or two pounds of mercury deserves what he gets and will probably show up on next year's Darwin Awards list. There is no way the government can step in and inspect the crap that's sole at estate and garage sales.