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Suzy Savarise
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Roslenda: "And YOU say I shouldn't have an opinion, not even an opinion for the thousands, tens of thousands, a hundred thousand or two, and YOU say I'm not entitled to an opinbion."

Nothing in my comment was addressed to you personally nor did I say YOU are not entitled to an opinion. Since YOU are one of the most opinionated of the regular commenters here, obviously you are able to exercise your right. If the shoe fits, wear it.
BTW, the capitalization is not necessary to make YOUR point.

(Suggest removal) 12/17/12 at 1:52 p.m.

Start first with the big corporations that pay no taxes, next stop the subsidies to the oil and other industries. Next cut should be the defense contractors. The rich, always whining and obsessed with money, hysterical over "the welfare state". It's the John Birch Society, redoux. Sickening, especially during the holiday season.

(Suggest removal) 12/17/12 at 11:54 a.m.

boftx @ Nov. 25 10:29 p.m.
"And if I ever do wear a suit you can bet I have a Looney Toons or Disney tie to go with it. . . . That is why I usually refer to myself a Classical Liberal, that term hasn't been hijacked yet."

>>Looney Toons and Disney ties seem rather conservative. Tie-dyed ties more "Classical Liberal", and still fashionable, too. (:

(Suggest removal) 11/26/12 at 11:35 a.m.

The letter-writer was speaking of Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, Larry Kudlow and Donald Trump, not all Republicans. Although I believe those guys are not suffering. Limbaugh, et al make their millions win or lose, but they do better when they lose because their stock-in-trade is to incite hatred against Democrats. I would add Ann Coulter and Sarah Palin to the letter-writer's list for their nasty, childish, churlish remarks, mocking the President and First Lady. Then there was the racist remarks by Sununu and Gingrich.

That Ross Douhat article doesn't surprise me. I regularly read the NYT and his columns are always critical of Democrats. He's a rightwing conservative who doesn't believe in the separation of church and state ("the churches threatened by the Obama White House's contraceptive mandate" - really?) He favored Romney and Ryan, and now he's a sore loser.

Considering the 8 years of the Bush & Cheney tyranny, considering the threats, bullying and name-calling we got before and after the election, the "Muslim-socialist-communist" tirades, blatant disrespect shown the President by Republicans, endless witch-hunts and wild-goose chases, the wailing for tax breaks, threats of firings by some employers, and impeachment threats, Democrats are not nearly as mean. We still have McCain and Graham in our faces everyday with their absurd accusations against Susan Rice, the House Republicans are still trying to repeal or change Obamacare, and they are holding the economy hostage to their demands for tax cuts, with no regard to the harm drastic cuts in Medicaid, etc. will cause. Gloating is not as mean as the threats and extortion by the Republicans. When Democrats are nice, Republicans see it as weakness.

(Suggest removal) 11/25/12 at 12:47 a.m.

re: Carmine @ 8:36 a.m. 11/23/12

It must not occur to you that other people have experiences, including eating in restaurants that might be open on a holiday. Your Easter Sunday dinner parable and the remark that you are Catholic has nothing to do with retail stores. I know from experience that working on Sundays and Holidays is expected in some occupations. You addressed my brief comment because it expressed sympathy for retail store workers who have to work on Thanksgiving, and I said I hope they get paid double-time. My comment had nothing to do with picketing but, since you brought it up, here's an Easter parable for you: My Dad was a police officer most of his life, and of course he worked on holidays. He took college courses and worked his way up the ranks and eventually was appointed Chief of Police. When I was a teenager, during one Easter week the patrolmen were out a few days with "blue flu". Dad as the chief, and the shift dispatchers manned the station themselves. We hardly saw Dad that week, he was at the station day and night. On Easter Sunday, our family did a surprise "Easter parade" parody as we brought Easter dinner into the station for Dad and the dispatcher. It was fun, and Dad said he didn't mind manning the station. Although he was no longer a police union member, he believed the patrolmen had good reasons for striking. Funny how rightwingers like to impose and legislate their religious beliefs, morality and traditions on others when it suits them, extolling "family values". It was rightwingers, Pat and his daughter Beigh Buchanan, who started that absurd "war on Christmas" hysteria, for instance. In this case, the "market" and the almighty dollar supercede Thanksgiving, a national traditional family day and, for some, a holy day. Next the retail stores will be open on Christmas Day so they can grab those cash gifts and gift-cards. It has been said by economists and labor experts that American workers are the most productive in the world, working more hours with less vacation and holidays than European workers. It's truly disgraceful, the ideas expressed by rightwingers, that workers are simply commodities, numbers on balance sheets, easily exploited and discarded to increase profits. They blame the workers when a company goes bankrupt, while the executives get mammoth salaries and bonuses and the vulture takeover artists make millions. Today's Republicans are so extreme they don't know what conservative or moderate is. One of your leaders, Eric Cantor, attempted to turn Labor Day into a celebration of employers and entrepreneurs. Another reason your party lost the election and is now "off their rockers". And another very good reason why there's a growing labor movement and you haven't seen the last of the unions.

(Suggest removal) 11/24/12 at 8:18 a.m.

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