6/29: Letters to the Editor

6/29: Letters to the Editor

There are 22 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jun 28, 2009, titled 6/29: Letters to the Editor. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

I was dismayed to learn that Congress is adding $2.1 billion to the Pentagon's trillion-dollar Joint Strike Fighter program , which even defense experts argue that we don't need.

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Christopher Robin

Winter Springs, FL

#1 Jun 29, 2009
Forget fighter jets, focus on schools
Every letter or comment concerning the financial shortfalls that exist today about the Nation for education is directed at wanting more and more taxpayers money to be sent from Washington. Never do I detect any suggestion that perhaps it is time that we re-examine the painful reality that the ever mounting costs of public education has exceeded what we might provide by simply wringing more blood from the tax paying turnip.
As with so many taxes, such as income taxes, the budgets were small, the "bite" to the individuals were tolerable. We have long outgrown that phase. Schools aren't little wooden school houses where one teacher taught several grades, but rather are small cities within a city employing hundreds of people. We've outgrown expecting property taxes and other taxes to pay for public education. Tax assistance will still be needed so every child, regardless of his or her financial ability to pay can be educated, but we've simply got to start asking parents of children currently enrolled in public education facilities to add extra tuition and administrative fees to their annual budgets. You cannot squeeze orange juice from a rock. It comes down basically to the fact that when you make the decision to bring a child into this world, you also have to take the responsibility to house, feed, clothe, keep safe, keep healthy, and educate the child and not expect others to do it for you. Children are NOT an entitlement, and their education should NOT be either. Education is NOT and never was supposed to be a Social Service.
Fudd Happens

United States

#2 Jun 29, 2009
Christopher Robin wrote:
Education is NOT and never was supposed to be a Social Service.
LOL! Your ignorance is showing again.

Is that why half of the first fourteen states had public education provisions in their Constitutions?

A system of general instruction, which shall reach every description of our citizens, from the richest to the poorest, as it was the earliest, so it shall be the latest of all public concerns in which I shall permit myself to take an interest. Give it to us, in any shape, and receive for the inestimable boom the thanks of the young, and the blessings of the old, who are past all other services but prayers for the prosperity of their country, and blessings to those who promote it.

--- Thomas Jefferson

Or this from Washington's farewell address:

Promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion be enlightened.

Since: Jun 09

Leesburg

#3 Jun 29, 2009
Christopher Robin wrote:
Children are NOT an entitlement, and their education should NOT be either. Education is NOT and never was supposed to be a Social Service.
To make reasonable and logical choices in elections, the voters must be educated. To have a capitalistic work system, we need educated workers. For ingenuity in all areas--agriculture, medical, energy, defense, production of goods--we need educated people. To say, "IF you can't afford education, you don't deserve/need it," harks back to enslaving the poor through ignorance.

Free education is the cornerstone of the American dream. Take it away, and what do we have? The rich getting smarter and richer and the poor getting dumbed down, walked on and kept down. That is followed by, "You're not smart/educated enough to vote."

Ahhhh, democracy terminated.
Obama has no honor

AOL

#4 Jun 29, 2009
All this crap and not a single word about how 219 representatives of the people voted for a bill they DID NOT EVEN READ. The sad part of this is it is the second time it has happened this year. All of these bozos need to lose their jobs.
Frank

Orlando, FL

#5 Jun 29, 2009
About that editorial cartoon I saw in the paper with the just-graduated college student looking for a job, only to discover that the advertised $21G/year janitorial jobs were all filled, but that there were still $17G/year piolot jobs available, what I'd like to know is where the hell were there any $21G/year janitorial jobs? I've been doing that sort of work for far too long, & I've NEVER made that sort of dough!
Air Freak

Orlando, FL

#6 Jun 29, 2009
My main problem with the F-35 Lightning 2 (that's it's official name now, folks) isn't its' cost or the need to start replacing some worn-out airframes is that it may not be as capable as the F-16s, F-18s, AV-8Bs, A-10s, etc., that it's supposed to replace.

Since: Jun 09

Leesburg

#7 Jun 29, 2009
Obama has no honor wrote:
All this crap and not a single word about how 219 representatives of the people voted for a bill they DID NOT EVEN READ. The sad part of this is it is the second time it has happened this year. All of these bozos need to lose their jobs.
For years we as consumers have been brow beaten to "read the fine print." If we don't, we pay the price. But once again our House of Representatives have voted on a bill without ever reading it! Even a spokesperson for the Dem. party said on on the news this morning she had only read "sections" of the bill and believed everybody should support it. Someone has gone mad in D.C., and the taxpayers will pay for it. Heck, they were still writing it while the votes were being counted!

They believe us to be stupid because we continue to blindly believe anything they say. You might say we deserve what we got--we voted them in with the mandate didn't we? Just ask them.

Since: Jun 09

Leesburg

#8 Jun 29, 2009
The F-35s are going to be funded no matter whether the military wants them or not. The purchase is to save jobs in some politician's home state. My grandmother called it "make work." Who cares where the money is coming from to pay for it--them, er votes?
Captain Midday

Kissimmee, FL

#9 Jun 29, 2009
Air Freak wrote:
My main problem with the F-35 Lightning 2 (that's it's official name now, folks) isn't its' cost or the need to start replacing some worn-out airframes is that it may not be as capable as the F-16s, F-18s, AV-8Bs, A-10s, etc., that it's supposed to replace.
I thought the "Generation 5" F-35 was supposed to be superior to the Gen 4 fighters you mentioned (F-16 and -18)? What happened ? Is it the old story of 100 of the last generation planes being able to knock out the 10 new ones that we could afford to build ??
doug

Kissimmee, FL

#10 Jun 29, 2009
Captain Midday wrote:
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I thought the "Generation 5" F-35 was supposed to be superior to the Gen 4 fighters you mentioned (F-16 and -18)? What happened ? Is it the old story of 100 of the last generation planes being able to knock out the 10 new ones that we could afford to build ??
the f35s are way more capable than the present aircraft the reason for the increase is the raptor is so expensive we get more bag for the buck with the f35s. For one thing they have the newest stealth also are faster more capable all around also there is a svtol version to replace the aging Harrier which the Marines need.
Fudd Happens

Deland, FL

#11 Jun 29, 2009
doug wrote:
<quoted text>the f35s are way more capable than the present aircraft the reason for the increase is the raptor is so expensive we get more bag for the buck with the f35s. For one thing they have the newest stealth also are faster more capable all around also there is a svtol version to replace the aging Harrier which the Marines need.
Also, in the conflicts we've been involved in recently we haven't had need for large numbers of air superiority fighters. However, we have had need for strike fighters.
MikeP

Orlando, FL

#12 Jun 29, 2009
"Conflict in Iran"

Yup, the Iran-Iraq war from 1980 to 1988 was a glorious testing ground for the US and the USSR. The US and USSR sold many weapons to each side so they could be used and their effectiveness be seen in combat.
David Miner

Orlando, FL

#13 Jun 29, 2009
I was disappointed in the Sentinel's recent editorial concerning the so-called global warming issues wherein it referenced the same old left-winger arguments that have been trounced by scientists around the world. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of scientists world-wide have embraced in writing the "facts" referenced in the editorial. This would seem conclusive. But the Sentinel has refused to print anything about the statement signed by 47,000 scientists around the world claiming that these "facts" are false or misleading. Of course, the left-wingers on the Slantinel's editorial board merely dismiss all these scientists with the tried and successful practice of calling them names. After all, the reasoning assumes, everyone knows that anyone called right-winger cannot possibly have enough brains to see the truth.
The editorial claims that all sorts of weather conditions are caused by a suspected 1.5 degree increase in temps over the past 50 years. Yet a recent survey of world-wide weather stations found that more than 69 percent are not reporting correctly or are reporting incorrect data. Further, 50 years ago the most accurate temperature measurement in most people's lives was to walk outside and guess how hot it was. With no digital thermometers and no computer measurements, how can we claim temperature accuracy to the tenths of a degree from 30 and 50 and especially 150 years ago?
There are so many factual issues which can be successfully shown as exaggeration or deception by the left-wing global warming crowd, but the media, including the Sentinel, will not report it. It is disappointing to see news organizations become propaganda centers by ignoring one-half of the scientific community and most of the facts.
Fudd Happens

United States

#14 Jun 29, 2009
David Miner wrote:
I was disappointed in the Sentinel's recent editorial concerning the so-called global warming issues wherein it referenced the same old left-winger arguments that have been trounced by scientists around the world. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of scientists world-wide have embraced in writing the "facts" referenced in the editorial. This would seem conclusive. But the Sentinel has refused to print anything about the statement signed by 47,000 scientists around the world claiming that these "facts" are false or misleading. Of course, the left-wingers on the Slantinel's editorial board merely dismiss all these scientists with the tried and successful practice of calling them names. After all, the reasoning assumes, everyone knows that anyone called right-winger cannot possibly have enough brains to see the truth.
The editorial claims that all sorts of weather conditions are caused by a suspected 1.5 degree increase in temps over the past 50 years. Yet a recent survey of world-wide weather stations found that more than 69 percent are not reporting correctly or are reporting incorrect data. Further, 50 years ago the most accurate temperature measurement in most people's lives was to walk outside and guess how hot it was. With no digital thermometers and no computer measurements, how can we claim temperature accuracy to the tenths of a degree from 30 and 50 and especially 150 years ago?
There are so many factual issues which can be successfully shown as exaggeration or deception by the left-wing global warming crowd, but the media, including the Sentinel, will not report it. It is disappointing to see news organizations become propaganda centers by ignoring one-half of the scientific community and most of the facts.
Translation: Wah!!!
Obama has no honor

AOL

#15 Jun 30, 2009
Fudd Happens wrote:
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Translation: Wah!!!
Yep this is the intelligent response you get when the left loons have their bs exposed. Hey wack job your breathing you are expelling co2 into the atmosphere help the world put a plastic bag over your head.
Fudd Happens

United States

#16 Jun 30, 2009
Obama has no honor wrote:
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Yep this is the intelligent response you get when the left loons have their bs exposed. Hey wack job your breathing you are expelling co2 into the atmosphere help the world put a plastic bag over your head.
You first f--khead...
Obama has no honor

AOL

#17 Jun 30, 2009
Fudd Happens wrote:
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You first f--khead...
so is there any grey natter after the stem, eh sparky
Fudd Happens

Deland, FL

#18 Jun 30, 2009
Obama has no honor wrote:
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so is there any grey natter after the stem, eh sparky
Obviously not in your case.
doug

Kissimmee, FL

#19 Jun 30, 2009
Obama has no honor wrote:
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so is there any grey natter after the stem, eh sparky
anyone who goes around using a nick like yours is nothing but a troll looking to push your idiotic talking points even if they dont have anything to do with the thread.
otownnole

Ocoee, FL

#20 Jun 30, 2009
doug wrote:
<quoted text>anyone who goes around using a nick like yours is nothing but a troll looking to push your idiotic talking points even if they dont have anything to do with the thread.
You seemed to enjoy laughing it up with Republicans Have No Honor. As always the problem is when you don't agree.

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