Showing posts with label Opinion. Show all posts
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July 3, 2016

An Opinion from a Reader For Independence Day


To The Daily Sun,

A recent letter to The Sun by conservative writer Russ Wiles was titled, "When did it become hateful to insist on living by your own values?" Instead of responding to the whole letter, I will go a bit off-topic and just address the broader rhetorical question raised in the headline (which is a good one). Many conservatives falsely charge that liberals or progressives do not like conservatives living by their "own values."
There is nothing wrong or hateful about living by one's values. But, many on the right seem to want more than to just live by their own values. Many want to impose those values (some of which ARE hateful) on others and this is where many progressives have a problem.
The solution is simple. Do you believe gay sex is immoral? If so, do not have sex with a same-sex partner. You don't like gay weddings? Then do not attend or officiate at one. Clergy do not have to solemnize any marriage they do not like. Do you believe abortion or contraception is wrong? Good. Do not practice them. No progressives are asking you to. All that most of us expect is that you respect the rights of others.
Are you a conservative Christian? It is fine if you are or belong to any other faith. If your faith makes you a better person, neighbor, friend, spouse, or citizen, your religion is probably a positive thing. If, on the other hand, it inspires you to fly planes into buildings or kill gays, it is not a positive thing. Our Founders would have likely agreed with this.
But, do not try to make the U.S.A. a "Christian country." Stop trying to erode the separation of church and state which has been mutually beneficial to government and religion throughout our history.
Do you believe evolution is false and that the earth is only six thousand years old? Fine. Teach your kids that at home or send them to a private school but do not expect taxpayers to support your religious beliefs in the form of vouchers. Do not expect public school science classes to teach your religious beliefs or pseudo-science as "alternate theories."
If your values include being able to own any firearm with few or no restrictions, I am sorry. Your "right" might interfere with MY right to feel safe.
If you don't like minorities or immigrants, that is your right as long as you are not actually depriving others of their rights. But, do not expect the rest of us to join in the orgy of hate, ignorance, and disinformation.

E. Scott Cracraft

Message was submitted to  The Laconia Daily Sun

December 8, 2015

Following events how do you currently view Muslims living in America?

View Muslims the same asany other groupFearful of a fewgroups/individuals of MuslimsGenerally fearful of Muslims0%10%20%30%40%50%60%

View Muslims the same as any other group
50.8% (Confidence Interval: 54% - 47.6%)
Source: Reuters/Ipsos Poll
As of December 4, 2015 | 5 day rolling mean | Sample Size: 1,054 people polled online

December 7, 2015

Public Opinion on Using US ‘Boots on the Ground’ in Iraq and Syria by Age, Gender, Race

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November 12, 2011

The Fired Coach at The Penn State boy sex abuse scandal gets donation for defense

  posted at  Village Voice blogs

​As if the students who tore up the Penn State campus Wednesday night in tragically misguided support of Joe Paterno didn't do enough to hurt the university's image, now a former Nittany Lion player wants to organize "support" for ... Jerry Sandusky.

Sam Stellatella, a Penn State lineman from the late 1950s, sent Sandusky a check for $100. "I told him he's going to need a million dollars to defend himself," the 73-year-old Stellatella told Dan Gelston of the Associated Press. "He called me back and said, `What am I going to do with this money?' I said, 'Use it for your lawyer because you're going to need it.'" Stellatella has also written personal letters to the 1959 Liberty Bowl team asking for donations, explaining, "Here's the thing, these are horrendous charges against him. But he's still entitled to his day in court."
Sam, here's the thing: Whatever Jerry Sandusky is entitled to, if his case goes to trial, he's dead, and he will drag Penn State to hell with him. Leaving aside the issue of what decent lawyer is going to be seen in public defending Sandusky, can anyone even imagine what the circus will be like if this trial were to hit cable TV? Can anyone imagine a worse nightmare for Penn State -- which will be soon dealing with its own horrendous legal problems?

And how exactly will those problems manifest themselves for the university? Some talk show hosts appearing on CNN this week said that this is likely to cost Penn State at least $100 million before it's over. From where, exactly, is that figure coming from? As of Friday morning, authorities had identified eight victims. Does anyone think there won't be more -- and probably a great many more, considering that 34 years ago Sandusky founded the Second Mile, a foundation for orphans and "wayward" (as they were called by the organization) children.

Surely no one at Penn State is contemplating any kind of legal defense that involves a trial; such a public spectacle with the horrific revelations that are bound to come out of it could only make things far worse than they already are. Not to mention that the Department of Education -- you know them, one of those agencies that Rick Perry wants to abolish -- is launching its own investigation. Does anyone connected with Penn State want television cameras on all this?

If not, there's only one alternative, and that's settling out of court with all the victims. The reality is that right now, no one can possibly calculate the cost that Penn State will incur. And this doesn't even take into account the lost revenue from prospective students who choose to go elsewhere.

Here's some advice for old Penn State players who want to give Jerry Sandusky a show of support: Keep your money and advise Sandusky to plead guilty on the basis on insanity, throw himself on the mercy of the court, and pray that it shows some. And save your money, or at least don't send it to Sandusky. Send it to one of the funds to help the victims.

November 11, 2011

Ingrained Gay Discrimination in Pennsylvania } Riots on PENN State


The opinion below was Published by  in Opinions. Adamfoxie* blog totally agrees with this opinion and believes that the discrimination in PA is ingrained and sistemic.  This is due to the Church influence there. Particularly in a state that is not doing well financially, people tend to look to their faith. If the leaders of their faith negatively educates and downgrades them on another class of individuals like the church does towards the LGTB community like it has towards others, jews, blacks, unmarried women, atheist, people of other faiths etc. Then the hatred or the just the not caring for these individuals is ingrained in their morals and way of thinking. Is that the abused that does not deserves our support, compassion, help.  Is the perpetrator.  The abused had it coming for putting himself in that position. The abused should have done xy and z. The abuser, well he helps the community gets over $10 Millions a year. He goes to church, he is a christian. He cannot do this and if he did it was not his fault. Do notice that Iam calling the perpetrator and the ones that kept quiet also perpetrators. According to the law in most states, if you help on a crime by keeping quiet, then you are as guilty as the one that actually committed the crime.
That is why I called it ingrained. If anyone requires more proof, Lets look what has happened at PENN State. You would expect demonstrations towards the perpetrators. But The Males at Penn State went on a riot when one of those was fired.  After if a child of ten was fucked in the ass by a manly coach, then the child is gay and not worthy of the same outrage like if it was a girl for instance. adamfoxie*
———————Sam Hassman:
Being gay, for the most part, flies under the radar. There will be occasional slurs and escalating violence, but day-to-day life for the gay community is not that different from anyone else. People who identify as gay, like those who do not, go to work every day and come home; however, there is a largely unspoken hole in that equation for gay people. In 70% of the state of Pennsylvania, gays can be legally terminated from their job or evicted from their home solely based on sexual orientation. Allowing this legislature to remain unchanged not only poses a threat to gay people, but demonstrates to everyone else that it is okay to do so.
There is no national standard for demonstrating workplace equality. Cities and states make the decision individually, as do specific employers. Pennsylvania is the only state in the northeast that does not follow a statewide ordinance of employment discrimination based on sexuality, while five states in the region include gender identity and expression to be protected.
Going to work or living in an apartment behind closed doors has no impact on religion, which is one of the biggest roadblocks  LGBT rights face. Sexual orientation is not considered a suspect class; therefore, it receives no federal support from alleged discrimination. Despite the apparent confusion, paychecks and rent payments from gay individuals have the same currency value as their non-gay equivalents. There is no “Operation Ruin the Sanctity of Marriage” tax deduction fund. Ignoring such a blatant form of prejudice is surprising during a time when gays can now openly serve in the military, which seemed like a distant possibility.  A lack of awareness on a local level can attribute to what has allowed the practice to continue.
Ted Martin, the Executive Director of Equality Pennsylvania said, “Let’s face it, holding a job or having a roof over your head are pretty basic and fundamental to our way of life.” It can be assumed that the “our” in his statement refers to people. Being gay isn’t new, but achieving the basic rights that should encompass everyone needs work. Public groups are  prevalent in motivating young adults to vote in favor of legislature promoting equality, but it’s usually the more well-known topics. Local groups, even in-the-know young adults, can inform others about local issues not included by mass media.
Bullied gay youth has become as debated as marriage rights, possibly even more so. When a child or teenager takes his or her own life because of the ridicule they face from peers, there is public outcry for change. The rest are told it gets better. Allowing employers to fire workers or prohibit tenants from living spaces is not an example of anything getting better; it’s a continuation of the bullying. Working toward equal rights seems low on the totem pole when a general anti-bullying law cannot be presented to Congress because it may promote “pro-gay propaganda.” There are no pamphlets, recordings or informative rules designed to make heterosexual people gay.
President Obama has appointed several openly gay individuals as Cabinet members, including agency heads and officials. This example is likely lost on those opposing anti-discrimination laws. Openly gay individuals have been elected to serve in state supreme courts. The repeal of DADT allows gays and lesbians to serve freely in the United States military. A marine recruiter visited a gay community center in Oklahoma to answer questions and recruit individuals specifically from LGBT prospects. The men and women fighting for U.S. citizens, which includes those in Pennsylvania opposing equality, can safely keep their jobs while some in Pennsylvania cannot.
According to the Washington Blade, President Obama supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would end discrimination based on sexual orientation; however, it is largely unheard of, and the bill did not pass through Congress. The Blade reports that the bill is unlikely to pass while Republicans remain in control of the House. This policy doesn’t need federal endorsement. Enough attention to the issue can lead to change in any municipality. Contacting a local senator and focusing on local elections can change antiquated precedents without requiring national approval.
Sam Hassman originally posted his opinion at

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