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To graduates

June 3, 2013

Dear editor: This letter is directed to the young people who are nearing the time of graduation, at every level of academic achievement and to those parents who have avidly supported their young one......

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Backwoods

Jun-03-13 7:11 AM

I wonder what Dr. King would think or have to say about where our country stands today on moral and social issues??? I also wonder (because he was a pastor) what he would think about the deterioration of and compromises made by many Christian church’s.

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Brazil

Jun-03-13 9:31 AM

So the writer is ok with intolerant right wing elitists and schools like Oral Roberts, Liberty U., Grove City Collgee, Patrkin Henry University etc.? I think I'd be more comfortable with Representative John Lewis' interpretation of Martin Luther King writings and their context in today's society. I also wonder what Martin Luther King would think of the Confederate flags that fly from porches in Warren County and that are affixed to backs of trucks that I see daily.

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25or624

Jun-03-13 9:42 AM

Ah, yes, don't want to miss an opportunity to turn any subject into a political polemic. This time, a congratulatory memo to graduating high school seniors.

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Frugaltaxpayer

Jun-03-13 10:33 AM

I love the term "intolerant right wing elitists" Brazil do you actually think about and believe what you write? Right wingers do not pass laws to force you to live how they would like, they may preach advise or tell you what they think. But it is the liberal left that condems you for not believing like they do. They call you racists, like you just did, and they pass laws forcing you to knuckle under to their way of thinking.

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Brazil

Jun-03-13 12:48 PM

25 or 624 did you read the letter. It was a diatribe against the evil. Graduation letter, yeah..... And right wingers don't tell us how to live? Really? What about the flag burning amendment, anti-abortion laws, how about their opposition to gay marriage, to Civil unions, let's go back in history to the 60's when Conservatives/Republicans opposed the Griswold decision that outlawed State laws that prohibited contraceptives to married couples. Yeah they have long history of staying out of our lives and protecting personal freedom. I'll think about their openmindedness when I count Confederate flags on trucks in Warren County this weekend.

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Brazil

Jun-03-13 12:52 PM

"God Bless our children to know that true freedom of thought and expression and moral values is a right for every one not just intolerant elitist liberals". - YEP, Definitely a non-political congratulatory letter to our graduates. No attempt in his letter to push his political viewpoints.

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PlayBall

Jun-03-13 12:56 PM

Brazil ~ Can you please explain ObamaCare to us all and tell everyone here how many Republicans voted for it? How this will affect everyone? How much does will it cost all Americans? What is listed on pages 1057, 2164, 17,301 and 19,404?

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PlayBall

Jun-03-13 1:03 PM

Tell us how ObamaCare was written years in advance and was rammed down our throats by the Democrats. Tell us how the IRS will be implementing it, making OUR and YOUR health decisions. Tell us how this government will be hiring 17,000 new workers to do just that. But, maybe you like paying the salaries of big government workers. Maybe you ARE one!!

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PlayBall

Jun-03-13 1:23 PM

Tell us how you're going blame OBAMAcare on George Bush.

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writer10

Jun-03-13 2:41 PM

That's an easy one Playball, Bush didn't come up with Bushcare, so thus Obama had to come up with something.

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Brazil

Jun-03-13 4:17 PM

Writer 10 somewhat covers my reply to Playball. I'll tell you what Obamacare means when you tell me what the Bush Administration did for 8 years to try to deal with the health care mess and 40 million uninsured people. I have stated several times that Obamacare has many concerning issues and many good things about it. It may work, it may not but I believe it is better than just ignoring the problem. By the Playball, who do you think pays for all that uninsured care that is administered under the current system? Health care has been rising at several times the rate of inflation for years. Are you telling me you were satisfied with that result? Tell me playball, what choice in healthcare do you have know. Your company tells you the insurance coverage they offer is BC/BS. Do you have the opportunity to say "I'll take Aetna". Only if you want to pay the full fare. And to Local Yokel I would say "well written commentary".

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st0newa11

Jun-04-13 8:17 AM

When you say "40 million uninsured people", does that include the 12 million INVADERS, aka "undocumented workers" and their "anchor babies"? So you think the gov't is responsible for everyone's healthcare? How about their food and shelter? Why not clothing and transport needs? Where does it stop? You want gov't control of EVERY aspect of our lives! Why not admit that you cannot handle freedom and need someone to guide/direct/control your life? Ah, wasn't life good under Mommy and Daddy's care? Some people grow up and lead their own lives. Others don't. I CHOOSE FREEDOM!!

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BrookP

Jun-04-13 10:13 AM

Getting back to the topic of the letter, education, I would encourange all young people to get some kind of higher eduction (trade certification, exchange program, tech school, college, etc) and to get it outside of your home area. Experience the world away from your comfort zone. Make yourself well-rounded by learning about many different topics and cultures. All this will help you think more logically and scientifically about the world and your life. As for morality, you have what your parents have or haven't taught you. Now it's time for you to think for yourself and decide your own morality. Observe others and think about what hurts and helps them. Learn empathy for others' situations. In this way, you will develop morals and ethics of your own to carry you through life as a decent person, the definition of which is different for everyone. Absorb knowledge, then think for yourself, not how someone tells you to think.

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Brazil

Jun-04-13 3:15 PM

Actually Stonewall its 49.9 million in 2012 with about 12 million being non-citizens. So about 37 million citizens, most of them working. If you think that's a wonderful thing for what you would call the greatest country in the World well that's your right. Yes I do believe Government is there to provide a safety net. Yes I love freedom. I don't like that the right wing wants to legislate re-productive rights, marriage rights, contraception, put their favored religon into the school systems, etc.. I have never claimed a dime of Medicaid, Welfare, unemployment or any other type of entitlement ever but I have seen where other people desperately have needed these things and I'm willing to pay a price out of my pocket for them. Thankfully some folks have some good Samaritan in them. Survival of the fittest is for the jungle not the society I choose to live in.

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st0newa11

Jun-06-13 8:17 AM

Brazil, SURPRISE! I also approve of a safety net, The problem is, far too often it turns into a safety hammock and a way of life to be taught to offspring. Abuse, abuse, abuse! Re: reproductive rights, what about the rights of the unborn child? Not convenient for those who created it? RE: "favored religion in schools". Explain the difference between proponents of Christianity and proponents of anti-God religions. Brazil, I salute you for being self-reliant and earning your way in life. Our socialist gov't makes it all too easy to slide through life and let others take care of you...and people do!

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guessagain

Jun-06-13 6:43 PM

Brazil you talk about the survival of the fittest is for the jungle not society. Soon this society will become a jungle due to all of the entitlements.

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MTOMTO

Jun-07-13 5:28 PM

Welcome to the jungle we've got fun and games

We got everything you want honey, we know the names

We are the people that can find whatever you may need

If you got the money honey we got your disease In the jungle, welcome to the jungle Watch it bring you to your knnn knne knees, knees

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