Saluting out of uniform is improper. Instead face the flag and stand at attention with hand over heart. I appreciate the patriotism but there is a correct way to respect the flag.
Re, letter from DONALD STEWART:
The objection and raising opposition to the Tea Party is not so much based on their stated policies but rather their tactics, which in a nut shell are centered around obstruction (at any cost) as opposed to legislation. They need to learn that they represent only one segment of our society and in a democracy, EVERYONE's issues and priorities must be respected, not just theirs. They have had opportunities for major budget deals but becasue they can't get 100% of what they want no deal is struck. They need to learn to be part of the solution instead of just being the problem.
Not sure what the definition of a progressive city is but if you look at the "progress" the city has made over the last decade including Aquarium, the River Front, the 1 gig fiber optic network (only one in the US) and a lot of other upgrades, I think being progressive sounds pretty good. But I do agree with the writer regarding smoking outdoors. How much pollution does a cigarette or a cigar produce? my hunch is a heck-of-a-lot less than an automobile.
95% of the people who oppose Obamacare have no earthly idea what's in it becasue they haven't spent the first 15 minutes actually reading about it. They are against it becasue some smart-sounding guys on Fox say they should be against it.
I'm not a libertarian by any stretch but I have mostly a libertarian view of this church and religion in general. It's a free country and we have freedom of religion. So if any religion wants to ban people for sexual preference or any other reason, that's up to them. It's no different than the Mason's that require you to be a white protestant or Knights of Columbus that require you to be Catholic. It's their club and they have the right to set the rules of who they take as members. If you don't want to play by their rules then walk out the door and join a different club, or start your own club.
What I or anyone else thinks is silly, or fair or right is moot. If you're not in the club, you don't get to vote. It's their club so long as they don't break any laws or infringe on others rights let them do what every the hell they want.
CLARK CRAWFORD: Ninety jobs from the Jack Daniels Distillery expansion in Lynchburg, Tenn., seems great until you read the report from the Centers for Disease Control that states that, in 2001, 34,833 people died from cirrhosis of the liver, cancer and other diseases from too much beer, wine or spirits.
Blame the manufacturer for the abuse of their product - brilliant!
I am appalled at what the paper put on the front page on Aug. 21 "Church ousts gay detective's family."
I'm curious if people that are guilty of "sins" other than homosexuality are scrutinized with equal vigor by this church to they point they feel compelled to leave?
soakya said: "A fast food worker making 7.25 a hour for a 30 hour week would make 11,310 dollars a year, add a payroll burden of 25% and you get $14,137.50 a year. I know, I know you can't support a family on that. That's 14,137 dollar burgers he needs to sell to cover his wages. So if we double the minimum wage to 14.50 an hour he now needs to sell 28,274 dollar burgers to cover his yearly wages."
Sounds good but it's not true. A group of 99 economists have studied this and found that the actually corresponding increase in prices needed to go to a minimum wage of $15/hr is a 25% increase.
However if we look at a much more reasonable and practical increase of $10.50/hr the revenue increases needed are just 2.7% which can be captured by raising the average price of a burger by 5 cents, along with productivity increases and reduced employee turnover and training costs.
Source: Bloomberg Business
JIM GANOE: "I have been reading the letters for the past several days and am amazed at the subjects which have been discussed by the many writers of said letters. I can't help but wonder what Jesus would say, and or do in the many instances that have made history here recently."
I know what Jesus would have said: "Gigantic, expensive metal crosses, why the heck didn't I think of that!"
My biggest complaint about this is my wider complaint with churches in general, and that is their tax free status. The larger ones are huge revenue generating machines that often spend their money on frivolous stuff that benefits their own comfort and ego - not the poor or needy like their faith commands. Recreational facilities, parks and even businesses are some examples, but this is one of the most egregious I can think of.
Why should the American tax payer support this type of nonsense and what type of fool would want their hard-earned money to be used so irresponsibly?