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"Is it just me, or does anyone else get the feeling that a certain commenter has at least a dozen user names, and the numbers keep growing? She should just consolidate herself and call herself Sybil."
"Just saw the news about radical Muslims attacking a U.S. embassy over some movie. Those people in the Middle East are basically cave men. We have to do something about them controlling our oil. We need to drill here in America and we need a strong technology push for viable options to the gasoline engine. We have to do it now. Those nut cases will destroy the world if they get enough money to buy nukes."
"There's no question about it; what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, was a horribly tragic event and I applaud heartily all that has been done to honor those who died that day, with one exception. And that is the memorial that is under construction at the site of the tragedy. What a waste of millions of dollars for a monument, which in reality, honors the terrorists instead of the victims. The twin towers were an integral part of the skyline of New York City, much as has been the Empire State Building. What should have been done immediately after the devastation, was to rebuild the towers exactly as they were. Failing to do so showed a gross lack of leadership on the part of government at national, state and local levels. The immediate reaction to most major disasters that occur in this country is to rebuild. Erecting a monument on that site encourages every terrorist sympathizer in the world to say, 'Look what we did.' What would have honored the fallen more, would have been to rebuild the towers and adorn them with memorial plaques, so that future generations would be made aware of their sacrifices and the evils of our opponents."
"I hope that Jeff Meadors will continue to write his NPC (Non-Politically Correct) column. We need the true facts/figures, not political hyperbole. How much money did the NCSO save while the sheriff and 10 deputies were working for the Democratic National Committee in Charlotte? Surely their salaries did not come out of our budget while they were working for the DNC!"
“I support the efforts of Jeff Meadors at the school board to expose problems so that they can be corrected. Chamber President Hunter Hall’s visit to the board meeting and his comments were unprofessional and out of line. Silencing Jeff Meadors is not the way to solve the many problems in our school system. The way to solve them is to first acknowledge them and then work together to solve them. Attacking the messenger has never worked, Hunter Hall should have known that. I think it’s time for Hunter Hall to be on his way. Meanwhile, board Chairman Eddie Johnson should be reprimanded for his handling of the situation. Allowing Hall twice the normal time to personally attack a board member violates two of their rules on time (5 minutes to talk) and no personal attacks on board members. Shame on him for his ignorance of the rules or choosing to ignore them. …”
"Now would be a perfect time to have a third party choice. With both of the candidates for the nation's highest office working hard to discredit themselves, I believe Mickey Mouse as president and Goofy as VP would win in a landslide. Mick and Goof have great name recognition and would not need to spend millions promising things that Congress would ignore when elected. We must figure out a way to stop sending the same political hacks to govern the country and send to Congress people that understand how to spend our tax money wisely. We have in Congress people that actually sign a pledge not to raise taxes by a dollar -- ever. Even I, retired and living on Social Security understand adjustments need to be made to take care of changing needs. The main thing is to govern for the good of the whole country not just to get re-elected. We could call our third party 'I'm tired as hell and am not going to take it anymore.'"
"On TV this week I heard where the state want us to go online and vote for a new wildlife tag. There would be several to vote from. My question is, would there be a fee to buy this tag like the ones we had before? But can we trust them to use the money for wildlife or maybe nightlife? On the general fund again. On the general fund, the old used tire fund got put into the general fund. I believe we need more people to check behind our elected officials. They can't seem to check behind themselves."
"After reading the comments on our overweight sheriff's department, when you take the oath to be in law enforcement your body should be in shape, too. Let's get real. Being a deputy is a dangerous job or they wouldn't need bullet proof vests. It is also a job that is 24-7, on or off duty. There are more people coming into the county, especially in the western part, that are into gangs and all of that. They really don't care about people's lives and they will shoot to kill. We need people on the sheriff's department that are in physically good shape or they will get killed. After spending eight years in the Marine Corps, we had to be ready 24-7 in body and soul. If not, you were given a short time to get back in shape or get out the Corps. Officers should respect their body and the uniform they represent. You can't be 300 pounds and 5 feet, 8 inches and do your job to the best of your ability. ... "