Thanks for bringing these facts to light. So-called "tort reform" is mostly just a way to deny individuals a right to a fair remedy for injuries caused by the grossly careless, reckless and/or deceitful. Lawsuits -- heard by juries -- are one way to change a malfunctioning system. The corporate masters don't like that.
Over the course of more than six decades, I've lived in big cities (Los Angeles, Washington, DC) and in small towns in California, Colorado, and Tennessee. I have never encountered a situation that would have been improved by me having a gun. Like LibDem, I also feel sorry for folks who are so paranoid that they have to make their lives about owning a gun. And, not just owning. One who owns guns must practice often, spend more money on ammunition, store the guns properly, clean them regularly, and always be mindful that they are not within reach of a child or deranged person. Some gun owners probably do all that. I have no problem with the responsible sportsman or gun hobbyist who is not also a paranoiac.
Personally, I'm just not interested in becoming the full-time caretaker of a weapon.
And, the problem is: far too many gun owners are paranoid and/or lax caretakers of their lethal "toys." Far too many want the swagger without accepting responsibility for fatal errors in judgment.
Ron Ray, it's a simple matter of equal rights for all Americans. In the 1800s I'm sure slave owners argued that it was "moral" to own people because it happened in the Bible. I wonder what your God thinks of that.
I don't understand why employers are being held responsible for providing health insurance. I've been grateful for that benefit, but don't think it's an ideal model.
The ACA's "solution" to subsidize insurance companies to provide policies to the poor just adds unnecessary administrative costs and headaches. A much better solution would be to expand Medicare to cover all Americans.
The NRA and other gun lobbyists have created a paranoid class of people who are afraid of their own shadows. This was done to sell guns and make profits for the manufacturers. The first reaction of the paranoiacs with a gun is to shoot anything that unsettles them in the slightest. And, sometimes it seems they are just looking for an excuse to fire bullets at someone.
It's tragic that some people don't have enough common sense to consider and act on non-lethal alternatives. Nearly every day it seems we hear about more senseless shootings of innocents. Many gun owners are a fatal threat to decent society, and the NRA does nothing to curb this horrific trend.
And, in all of these cases, the victim is dead and never gets to tell his side of the encounter.
How could you omit Earth Fare market? It offers 10% off for shoppers who are 60 and over.
NRA-fueled paranoia over harmless bumps in the night, and innocents end up dead. Some people are so afraid of the world that they think they have to shoot to kill everything they don't understand. MTJ is planning on a rebellion where Americans shoot each other, and Conservative is armed against liberals. Sheesh.
Ernestine Meadows, you should stop watching and listening to Faux "news" and its ilk. It has seriously distorted your comprehension of what has happened in our government. For starters, Obama did not try to nationalize the auto industry; he did rescue a vital American industry from extinction, in part as a national security measure. As for soft money, are you not aware of how the GOP has exploited those loopholes with backing from the Supreme Court? The economic crisis began under Bush, and Obama accepted many of the remedies initiated by that Administration. I don't agree with everything Obama has done, but let's keep the facts straight and separate truth from the fiction of right-wing talking points.
I wonder whether Ms. Leonessa's report is truly factual. Her letter offers only provocative and inflammatory third-hand hearsay, at best. Perhaps the TFP will investigate and determine whether the military really is "persecuting" Christians. Perhaps, as often happens, Christians object when other religions are allowed access to the same platforms they want to claim exclusively. (All stores must chime "merry Christ-mas" because Christians say so.)
And, Ms. Leonessa says "The Marines were told," and "soldiers were told," . . . but she doesn't say by whom. Please provide specifics that can be verified.
As for the Sgt. relieved of duty, I suspect that was because of his disrespectful actions, not just because he "believed" in the Biblical view of marriage.
Terry Taylor wants to enforce his (or her) views on everyone else . . . forgetting that freedom means -- at the very least -- that people get to choose whom they love and marry, and what kind of religion to embrace, including none at all. Dictating those choices to others is decidedly un-American. Perhaps Taylor should be the one on a ship, going to a country where such narrow views are enforced.