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Reduce assessments

Your school tax bill is calculated by multiplying your millage rate by your assessed value (MR*AV=school taxes owed). So fine, you get a lower assessment. Guess what else is then gonna go up? Don't misunderstand I think school taxes are way too high. But only focusing on the assessed value isn't going to really change the final bill for you in the long rung. By the way...astroturf??? ?  (Feb 5, 2010 | post #4)

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DA won't be filing charges in connection with 2-year-old'...

Tough call either way. Glad I'm not the DA on this one. But I really don't understand why anyone would store a semi auto with a round chambered. It makes absolutely no sense. I understand the argument for concealed carry but not when you aren't in possession of the gun. A safety can be easily disengaged by young children. I would guess most toddlers would not have the knowledge or strength to pull a slide back and chamber a round - even on a small caliber gun like the P22.  (Feb 2, 2010 | post #25)

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Bipartisan school reform

You can put pressure on politicians of every party, mayors, teachers, unions, school boards, administrators etc. all you want. But it won't matter as long as a vast majority of the kids in a school come from broken homes where the parents/guardians don't value education and don't see themselves as partners in their child's education. The biggest part of the education equation is the parents and the home. While the schools could certainly improve in many areas, if the home is a mess and the parents don't care, there's only so much any school can do.  (Feb 1, 2010 | post #5)

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Student brings knife to William Penn High

I'd be curious to know what kind of a knife this was. Pocket knife, butter knife, steak knife, machete, switchblade, etc.  (Jan 8, 2010 | post #4)

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Pastor Snyder in county prison on probation violation

I think Forrest Gump said it best: Stupid is as stupid does.  (Jan 7, 2010 | post #26)

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Mike Argento: Insensitive comments show that people are i...

I think some of the disagreement involves how people view what these forums are intended for. If an article is about some policy Barack Obama is proposing, it seems pretty clear it is fair game to discuss/praise/tea r down etc. the policy and/or the people involved. However, if it involves a personal tragedy such as this I think it becomes less clear. On the one extreme you have people who view it as an opportunity to make crass comments about those involved with the only intention to be mean and hurtful. On the other extreme, you have people who think these forums should only be an online condolence book. Others see it as reasonable to comment on the situation regarding things that may not be intentionally hurtful but may be hard for the family or friends to read. As I recall you had all of those types of comments attached to this story about the woman who was hit. As Argento said, free speech is free speech and people CAN say what they want. But IMO opinion the comments intended only to be hurtful are uncalled for. However I also think it is reasonable for people to make some comments about the story that are more than just condolences. I do think it is important to try and do that as sensitively as possible. But even at that it can still be hard for people close to the situation to read. This is tough, obviously. Not everyone is going to have the same opinion about where the line starts and stops regarding what is fair and reasonable.  (Dec 16, 2009 | post #79)

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A lone vote of conscience

With regard to party line voting in the 110th Congress: In the House, Dems voted with a majority of their party 92.3% of the time. The GOP voted with the majority of their party 85.9%. http://projects.wa shingtonpost.com/c ongress/110/house/ party-voters/ In the Senate the Dems voted with the majority of their party 87.5% of the time. The GOP voted with the majority of their party 77.8% of the time. http://projects.wa shingtonpost.com/c ongress/110/senate /party-voters/  (Dec 6, 2009 | post #22)

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Protesters want nativity scene back on square

The Constitution and the first ten amendments were not written by any one man per se. It is the work of several men. Of which, Thomas Jefferson is indeed one. As such Jefferson's take on the issue is extremely important. But what exactly did he mean by this? Here is the whole letter to the Danbury Baptists you refer to: http://www.loc.gov /loc/lcib/9806/dan pre.html It seems from the context of the letter the phrase "wall of separation between Church & State" refers only to the the fact that the government can not legislate how or if you will worship. "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship..." There isn't a thing in that letter that states any opinion whatsoever regarding religious displays on public property or even necessarily if religion could have a role in the conduct of government (i.e. someone prays before a meeting). It certainly does not condone those things per se either. It is what it is. No more, no less.  (Dec 6, 2009 | post #44)

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A lone vote of conscience

The Dems did the same thing when they were in the minority. You could just as easily say the Republicans are filibustering because the Democrats are voting in a bloc. Both parties do this! They may have slightly different agendas on some things but they both go about implementing that agenda in the same way.  (Dec 3, 2009 | post #16)

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A lone vote of conscience

"While it's certainly possible for one's conscience to lead one to vote against the health care bill (or ANY sort of bill, for that matter), I DO find it difficult (okay, impossible) to believe that an entire political PARTY (with one notable exception) would reach the exact same conclusion at the same time. That ain't how a conscience is supposed to work. Jerked knees, on the other hand, work EXACTLY the way the Republican party is working these days--or not working, to be more precise. The Republican party isn't really a political party anymore; it's a cult." ------------------ ------------------ I'm not going to defend the Republican party per se. HOWEVER, if you think the phenomenon you described here ONLY applies to the GOP (i.e. party line votes most of the time), then YOU are drinking some kind of Kool Aid and having "knee jerk" reactions. D's and R's BOTH vote along party lines (almost) ALL THE TIME!  (Nov 28, 2009 | post #2)

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Were hate crimes in your community? Find out.

That is interesting. Is that the same "Shaffer " here? Do you have a link to that story?  (Nov 25, 2009 | post #33)

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In defense of Medicare

"Mr. Stuckey might be unaware that Medicare Advantage plans provide good coverage at relatively reasonable cost because their costs are subsidized by the government." And where exactly do you think the government gets the money to subsidize it? That cost is paid directly by some taxpayers and indirectly by all through higher prices on goods or services. But the thought you have described here is exactly what most politicians want you to believe, you're getting something for almost nothing. They're "working hard" for you. You're the perfect constituent.  (Nov 21, 2009 | post #1)

Pennsylvania

Bill To Ban Texting While Driving In Pa. Hits House Floor

The subject is what is safe in CERTAIN SITUATIONS. What the police do is very relevant to that. You don't seem to understand what CERTAIN SITUATIONS means. I would argue being aware of when it is and is not safe to do certain things, you are being a SAFER driver than someone who thinks every situation is the same. If everything is a crisis, nothing is. A good driver doesn't have a white knuckled death grip on the wheel with wide eyes continuously glued straight eyed ALL THE TIME. And as for not having both hands on the wheel with another hand doing something mindless (drinking, eating a candy bar, etc.) ... how do you think people drive cars with manual transmissions? They do NOT have both hands on the wheel at all times. In fact usually just one. ESPECIALLY on a busy city street where you need to keep shifting. Driver a car is not hard at all for most people. But like I keep saying, our traffic laws are set up for the lowest common denominator.  (Nov 21, 2009 | post #92)

Pennsylvania

Bill To Ban Texting While Driving In Pa. Hits House Floor

Yes. I am saying many people ARE capable of doing all those things, though not simultaneously...with a key caveat. That is, in certain situations. Some situations require both hands on the wheel and both eyes ahead. Many situations do not, FOR MOST DRIVERS. Police will of course never admit this but just watch what they DO in their cruisers while driving. But like I said originally, MOST is not ALL and we make our laws traffic laws for the lowest common denominator.  (Nov 20, 2009 | post #86)

Pennsylvania

Bill To Ban Texting While Driving In Pa. Hits House Floor

There's really a bigger issue here. That is, not all drivers have the same ability. Many drivers are perfectly capable of being situationaly aware of when you can safely do certain things....texting, talking, changing a CD, drinking, eating, etc. I drive hundreds of miles a week and see drivers doing all kinds of things. And the truth is most of them don't cause a problem. Most drivers are pretty good drivers. But most is not all. Some drivers don't have the ability or the discernment to know what is safe to do when. And worse yet, some drivers can't even drive with two hands on the wheel and both eyes straight ahead. It is way too easy to get a driver license and as a result our traffic laws are geared toward the lowest common denominator.  (Nov 19, 2009 | post #79)