As You See It, June 25, 2010: Tell st...

As You See It, June 25, 2010: Tell state we don't want methyl iodid...

There are 25 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jun 25, 2010, titled As You See It, June 25, 2010: Tell state we don't want methyl iodid.... In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

A dangerous chemical, methyl iodide, is about to be introduced into California. This chemical will be used mainly on our Central Coast and in Southern California to fumigate strawberry fields.

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“Freedom and Responsibility”

Since: Apr 10

Glenwood, CA

#1 Jun 25, 2010
The sexual scandals get reported because of the hypocrisy of the leaders caught in them. How appropriate, then, that Willard Durning does the same thing by naming two politicians in his letter. Ah, yes. We will never tire of noting the hypocrisy.
idiots

San Jose, CA

#2 Jun 25, 2010
Corey Brown, the General and his subordinates all took an oath to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution. Civilian leadership of the military is the keystone of American Constitutional government. The President made the correct choice by swiftly removing an insubordinate officer from command. An old value worth resurrecting is that politics stops at the water's edge. Corey, complain all you want about the President's domestic agenda, but let's stand together as Americans in the fight against al-Qaida. (BTW, my topix captcha numbers happen to be 1911. Let's remember 9-11.)
Just my opinion

AOL

#3 Jun 25, 2010
Since the threat to the ozone appears to have been inflated, just roll back the ban on methyl bromide and stick with an herbicide whose effects are more clearly known.
HeyDummy

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 Jun 25, 2010
Corey,

It's not a crime, you dummy, or he'd be on trial. It was just stupid to make such remarks for a magazine to publish. His job was very important, too important for that kind of dumb move. Now the job in someone else's. Simple.

Since: Feb 08

Santa Cruz

#6 Jun 25, 2010
Corey Brown, yes, the general has probably had enough of this administration's BS. He will still get his full retirement, and most likely amuse himself running triathlons. But he spoke out with the truth rather than accept what is happening. This is something you can no longer do in the 21st century without being labeled a bigot, hater, or getting fired.
To Michael Hernandez

Los Gatos, CA

#7 Jun 25, 2010
Best post I've read in a long time! I hope you get your tools back from the "tool" who stole them. Best of luck!

“Take that !”

Since: Feb 08

capitola CA.

#8 Jun 25, 2010
put your license number on your stuff today and you may get them back some day.i did.

“Where Did All the Money Go?”

Since: Sep 08

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 Jun 25, 2010
To Michael Hernandez wrote:
Best post I've read in a long time! I hope you get your tools back from the "tool" who stole them. Best of luck!
I think many of us are adding our own little bit of Brady tiki power to your tube cutter.

Great letter, Mr. Hernandez!
bytheberries

United States

#10 Jun 25, 2010
Thank you Bonnie Grey for this helpful info. I will be writing my reps..
fay

Brisbane, CA

#11 Jun 25, 2010
The county should require a business license for every vacation rental in Santa Cruz County ASAP.
Scat Pittle

United States

#12 Jun 25, 2010
corey brown's advocacy of insubordination in the military should be unsettling for all americans. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican (or even a teabagger) we are all Americans first and the military is no place for politics. We have brave soldiers in harms way that deserve better comment than that positied by Mr. Brown. While "telling the truth" may make you feel good at the moment it has no place in a professional army. P.S. There was no "crime" committed;Just prfessional suicide while drinking watered down beer.
Karl Bendicks

United States

#13 Jun 25, 2010
It is universally accepted by all those in the Armed Services that the good general was out of line. Those who think the General was correct in his insubordination are simply blinded by their anti-OBama rage. I suggest that America's military be off hands to all teabaggers who think politicizing our military is appropriate. These brave soldiers are putting it on the line so teabaggers like corey brown can spew their reckless propaganda.
danny m

United States

#14 Jun 25, 2010
as yes... carl bendix pines for the days of yesteryear when he could hurl his race based invective without nary a protest. Carl must not have gotten the memo: We are no back in the 1950's when racism was still acceptable. Sorry Carl...your train has left the station. There are people (sans teabaggers) who continue to believe that racism is unacceptable. I know that is s difficult concept for you but it is true...if you simply open your eyes and look around.

Since: Feb 08

Santa Cruz

#15 Jun 25, 2010
danny m wrote:
as yes... carl bendix pines for the days of yesteryear when he could hurl his race based invective without nary a protest. Carl must not have gotten the memo: We are no back in the 1950's when racism was still acceptable. Sorry Carl...your train has left the station. There are people (sans teabaggers) who continue to believe that racism is unacceptable. I know that is s difficult concept for you but it is true...if you simply open your eyes and look around.
Well I'll agree, the definitions have certainly changed.
Susan M

United States

#16 Jun 25, 2010
Applauding insubordination in the armed services is not really in any American's interest. Even if you are a teabagger. I find it offensive on many fronts. I have friends serving this country and lame reamrks such as that by Mr. Brown are just crazy. We need to stick together as a country on military issues.
Jim Klug

United States

#17 Jun 25, 2010
There is a lot of misinformation regarding the comments by General McChrystal and his subordinates and his forced resignation from his command, apparently from people who have never been in the military and are completely ignorant of the seriousness of the issue and the actual legalities involved.

Aside from the fact that these actions and attitudes undermine the civilian control of the military and potentially compromise the ability of the president to achieve needed military goals, the actions of General McChrystal and his subordinates are, in fact, a crime under military law.

As has often been said, you are entitled to your opinion, but not your own facts. Your dislike for the President does not over-rule the need for respect for his authority, particularly when it's related to the actions, attitudes and potential for illegal and unconstitutional behavior by armed military personnel under his command.

The President is the Commander in Chief of the military, who also serve under the rules and regulations of the rest of the civilian government...there can be no confusion about the importance of that relationship tolerated, whatsoever.

Disrespect from the top officers in the military for civilian rule can easily generate disrespect throughout the ranks and a potentially lead to a fundamental breakdown in our constitutional framework of government and threaten our democratic form of government, itself.

Try to at least minimally acquaint yourself with the facts regarding an issue before you mouth off about it.

Taken from the US War Department Manual for Courts Martial, Section III, 62nd Article,#413

"...Any officer who uses contemptuous or disrespectful words against the President, Vice President, the Congress of the United States, the Secretary of War, or the governor or legislature of any State, Territory, or other possession of the United States in which he is quartered shall be dismissed from the service or suffer such other punishment as a court martial may direct. Any other person subject to military law who so offends shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

Definitions and Principles.
The contemptuous or disrespectful words, as used in this article, cover language disrespectful and contemptuous in themselves, such as abusive epithets, denuncitory or contumelious expressions, or intemperate or malevolent comments upon official or personal acts, etc., or words disrespectful or contemptuous because of the connection in which and the circumstances under which they are used.

It is essential that a person against whom such words are used be in one of the offices named at the time; but it is immaterial whether the words are spoken against him in his official or private capacity.

The truth or falsity of the statements is, as a rule, immaterial...."

( http://books.google.com/books... )
Susan M

United States

#18 Jun 25, 2010
Thank you Jim Klug for the clarity. I really do hope that everyone takes this matter as seriously as those who serve this country bravely. There are many things we can disagree on...hopefully this issue is not one.
HeyDummy

Santa Cruz, CA

#19 Jun 25, 2010
Thank you Jim Clug. I was so outraged by the stupidity of that letter that I overlooked the fact that perhaps a crime had been committed. The General got off lightly, and I am still stunned that he said those things and behaved in that way. I can't imagine what he was thinking! Perhaps he had forgotten the enormous responsibility that came with his job? Regardless, he's been shown the door, which is what needed to happen.
Scat Pittle

United States

#20 Jun 25, 2010
Blind rage toward the president does not justify behavior of a general that borders on treason. Period.
local_lady

Alameda, CA

#21 Jun 25, 2010
I am sadly in total agreement with Russ Luba's sentiment. I used to commute on my bike along the Levee because it was so nice to get away from traffic. But I now deal with the traffic because the bums are horrible! No way do I let my son ride his bike along there any more.

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