Posted: May 1, 2013 at 4 a.m.

Fine recruitment strategy I’ve decided that I should give switching to the GOP another look.

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Editorial, Pages 17 on 05/01/2013

Barrett Metzler regrets the changes in the United States over 70+ years.
My experiences over 80+ years surpass his. I also regret many of the changes that have happened-- while welcoming others such as civil rights for minorities and environmental awareness..
At no time did I feel that I lived in a land "inspired by its exceptionalism."
Nor do I feel that I am part of the last generation of "true Americans."

Posted by: Coralie

May 1, 2013 at 2:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Mickie Lewis espoused the thought that any gun owner who had a gun stolen should be equally guilty as the perpetrator of any crime committed with that gun, and that any such owner should be charged as an accessory to that crime.".

What doesn't make sense about that? I mean if somebody robs a bank and runs over and squishes a bunch of little kids during the getaway, causes a few wrecks, and winds up in a shootout and drops a few cops before he is taken out by an NRA sniper with a long range sniper machine gun bam bam bang stick we need to lock up all the employees of the bank, the entire board of directors, and anyone with a positive balance in any account. What would make more sense or possibly be more fair?

Posted by: jeffieboy

May 1, 2013 at 2:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"any item(s) stolen, or borrowed, from any individual and used in any crime makes the owner and perpetrator equally guilty of that law violation..."
It may be that if you loan a gun to someone who uses it in a crime you may be charged as an accessory to the crime. Is there a lawyer in the house who can enlighten us?
Stolen is a different matter, and I don't see the "equally guilty" argument.

Posted by: Coralie

May 1, 2013 at 7:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

JUDSON HANSON, you're cracking me up! However, you forget those old line Repubs make what appear to be outlandish, ridiculous remarks to you and me but are really preaching to their hallelujah choir.

Posted by: cdawg

May 1, 2013 at 7:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dog, go to confession....you need it badly.

Posted by: jeffieboy

May 1, 2013 at 10:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Going back to the "last of the true Americans":
Are these people who long for the good old days looking through rose-colored glasses? or maybe they think the whole country is just like the Bible Belt South?
Growing up in Midwestern cities such as Minneapolis and Cleveland, I don't remember people inspired by Christianity. People didn't wear their religion on their sleeve. They didn't argue about it.
I never knew the religion of my classmates with the exception of one girl, daughter of a Methodist minister, who had a strong attraction to Catholicism and later became a nun. The rest of them could have been sun worshippers, for all I knew.
Religion was a private matter.
I went out with a boy from Lebanon, sometimes on double dates with his friend from Syria. I don't know if they were Muslims or Christians, although they probably came from Christian families as both Lebanon and Syria have fair-sized Christian minorities, and most of the immigrants from those countries to the U.S. were Christian. However, the matter never came up.

Posted by: Coralie

May 2, 2013 at 12:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I agree that religious stuff seems to be much more important to people in the "South" somehow. I lived and worked in a lot of places and in several different countries but never went to an executive meeting anywhere where the two opening topics were what they did at church last week and the "Hogs". Business meetings always seemed to begin with both of those topics. As far as I was concerned it was wasted time and I would rather have used it productively but that's just me.

Posted by: jeffieboy

May 2, 2013 at 2:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )