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Geoff Chambers: Really, Thelma, what bills of equivalent lunacy would Democrats be passing? Bills to prohibit chicken raising (presumably to save municipalities the time in passing their own)? Bills exempting abortion clinics from following regulations that apply to other medical facilities?
I thought you were doing just fine until you got to the end and felt the need to make some kind of balancing statement. The reality is, Republican legislatures across the country are seeking to do at the state level what the GOP has been unable to do at the federal level - repeal regulations, overturn constitutional protections (abortion and gay rights, for example) and advance other conservative/libertarian causes. The result is what you rightfully called a "never-ending load of nonsense," and the affliction is limited to one party.
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 4:28 pm
John Flanagan: This editorial covered a lot of ground. Issues of stupid bills introduced by either political party are ones we should always debate in the marketplace of ideas, and we need to hold our politicians accountable. As an independent conservative, I am free of a full partisan hold on issues, and therefore I can step back and try to deal with the details and unintended (or intended) consequences of legislation. As a conservative, it does not mean we must support all things Republican, and I hope liberal leaning independents do not automatically slide over to the Democrats without thinking about proposed legislation on the merits alone. Common Core standards are not without criticism from teachers as well as some Republicans in our state and elsewhere. If journalists in print and other media were to do their jobs of actually analyzing, documenting, and interviewing both sides on this issue....then the American audience they serve might be able to make informed decisions. Far too many media organizations just print the talking points of the side they prefer. I watch most of the news stations and have found, fir example, MSNBC will interview only the "experts" who fall in line to support their editorial position. Fox News, always under criticism, will usually give some fairness and present opposing voices. And that is why Fox leads in the polls......not MSNBC or CNN. Lastly, the issue about warrantless inspections of abortion facilities. Absolutely essential. If these facilities which deal in the destruction of unborn children and murder must be notified in advance, they may conceal all kinds of abuses and criminal acts. In NY, I was a state Inspector of small and large food service facilities, from huge wholesale bakeries and manufacturing plants to small grocery stores, and my inspections were legally unannounced. If a business knows you are coming to inspect them for vermin control, sanitation, and food handling on a pre-determined scheduled day, what do you think would happen? The answer is they would clean up their act for that day, and operate sloppily the rest of the year. Apply the unannounced inspection idea to abortion facilities, because it is both reasonable and necessary to see if the laws are followed. I pray that someday all of these factories of tears and death are all shut down for good. To the issue of the Republicans and some of their bills.....hold them to the fire, but also hold the Democrats to the fire, for Obamacare, for lack of fiscal responsibility, for some executive orders and bureaucratic edicts coming from this inept President, for their continued looting of the treasury, and this needs to be made by a media that seems to favor the Democrats whether they are right or wrong, a very dangerous and unreasonable position for the so called watchdogs of government.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:45 am
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