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Inner-City Workforce Struggles With High Gas Prices

Using Barack Obama's middle name is plain right-wing flame throwing and has not part in any dialogue about gas prices or anything else. Take your nonesense back to your other sheet-wearing klansmen.  (Jun 30, 2008 | post #72)

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Why Are There Marriage Benefits At All?

Unfortunately, the separation of church and state only when it's convenient for the righ-wingnuts...if it were really in place, they gays would have the right to marry. *sigh*  (Jun 29, 2008 | post #413)

Hartford Courant

Inner-City Workforce Struggles With High Gas Prices

I agree that middle class folks are being squeezed and the fat cats keep laughing all the way to the bank (just look at CT's failure to have a more progressive income tax -- the so-called "millionare's tax", or that most corporations only pay the minimum in tax). But let's be clear about a few things. First, no one, regardless of income of circumstance gets assistance with their gasoline bill for their cars. Second, what programs are you talking about in terms of "state aid programs" that help people with clothing, rent, food, etc.? These programs are actually VERY limited and benefit the very poorest of the poor. People don't get energy assistance until they're indire straits (like having a shut off notice), and even then, the assistance doesn't cover everything. As far as housing assistance goes, the last time the Section 8 and state rental assistance list opened, nearly 50,000 people applied for what amounted to as approximately 1,200 vouchers. I know one woman who is >3,000 on the waiting list. The solutions to these issues are a complex as the day is long and it will take some time and real political will to enact such changes.  (Jun 29, 2008 | post #59)

Hartford Courant

A 'Second-Wave' AIDS Epidemic?

The statistics on HIV diagnoses in this country are limited and should be viewed with caution because (as I mentioned previously)a number of states, including CT, have not had HIV names-reporting for a long enough period of time to be considered mature data. We're (the US) probably another 3 - 5 years out before we have mature enough data to analyze to really see where the trends are. For ex:, in CT 70% of chalmydia cases occur in youth between the ages of 15 -24; and 13% of new AIDS (not HIV) cases were reported in young people under 29 (which means most were infected as teens). We're not reaching our youth with age-appropriate, medically accurate comprehensive sex ed. It's the first line of defense in HIV prevention.  (Jun 29, 2008 | post #40)

Hartford Courant

A 'Second-Wave' AIDS Epidemic?

Any person or organization that doesn't support the use of condoms as a viable prevention strategy is indeed contributing to the spread of HIV and other STIs. I support comprehensive sexuality education which includes abstinence but believe that if people choose to have sex then condoms should be part of a responsible plan. Ronald Reagan (how I shudder at even writing that name...) contributed to the spread of HIV/AIDS when, during his presidency (such as it was), he didn't even speak the word until 7 years into it. During that time, hundreds of thousands died. It wasn't until his own friend, Rock Hudson went public that he uttered the word. We might not be in as bad a mess as we are had he acted from the begining.  (Jun 29, 2008 | post #39)

Hartford Courant

Why Are There Marriage Benefits At All?

What about all the non-gay people who don't believe in god (or don't believe in your version of god), should they be allowed to get married?  (Jun 29, 2008 | post #410)

Hartford Courant

Why Are There Marriage Benefits At All?

Define "sodomy" ? If you're referring to anal sex, far more non-gay (men w/ women) engage in anal sex than gay and lesbian folks. In fact, many teenagers have anal sex because they don't consider it intercourse and therefore continue to claim that they're "virgins ". So, sexual practices are indeed a choice; however, being gay or lesbian is a matter of birth and not choice. Tell me, how did you come to choose not to be gay?  (Jun 29, 2008 | post #409)

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Why Are There Marriage Benefits At All?

What "new' gay lifestyle?? What have I missed?!! I am SO out of the loop!!  (Jun 29, 2008 | post #408)

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Inner-City Workforce Struggles With High Gas Prices

So, are you advocating for a better public transportation system?  (Jun 29, 2008 | post #47)

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A 'Second-Wave' AIDS Epidemic?

OOppps...I said that twice! I guess it was that important.  (Jun 29, 2008 | post #35)

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A 'Second-Wave' AIDS Epidemic?

The previous pope, while in Africa, told people NOT to use condoms. During the time when the previous pope visited Africa, he spent time in Lesotho (where they built a pavilion just for his visit). Lesotho has the third highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world and close to 100,000 children orphaned by AIDS. He told people not to use condoms.  (Jun 29, 2008 | post #34)

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A 'Second-Wave' AIDS Epidemic?

The better site which uses CDC data and provides breakouts, cross referencing and context is the Kaiser Family Foundation's State Health Facts; HIV/AIDS. http://kff.org/hiv aids/us.cfm Look at the rates among women, in particular, women of color. The very same issues impacting the AIDS crisis globally are the same here: race, poverty and gender inequity.  (Jun 29, 2008 | post #23)

Hartford Courant

A 'Second-Wave' AIDS Epidemic?

While the recent data should be a awake up call for all gay men; the article reports that the steepest increase in AIDS cases is among young, black men who have sex with other men. Many of these men do not consider themselves gay which make it difficult to reach them through traditional gay-focused prevention efforts given the cultural barriers and community homophobia. The data also needs to be viewed cautiously for a few reasons. First, they're talking about AIDS cases, NOT new HIV infections. There was a 12% increase in the 13 - 24 year old group which means that the vast majority were infected when they were teens. There are very few CDC "approved " prevention interventions for young men of color who have sex with other men. AIDS service organizations can't use federal prevention funds for anything other than the DEBIs (Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions) which limits who they can reach and how. Schools for the most part do NOT offer comprehensive sexuality education and only provide the one-shot "sex ed" in health class. Second, it's data from 33 states which doesn't allow for a thourough analysis. Not all states have what's considered mature HIV/AIDS data which, according to the CDC and HRSA is 5+ years of names-based reporting; so the data referred to in the article is limited. The only way to know your own status is to get tested. The state funded testing and counseling sites offer free, confidential or anonymous testing, and includes a risk assessment and risk reduction information.  (Jun 29, 2008 | post #22)

Hartford Courant

State Task Force To Study Fatherless Families

Geez, Mr Dinkle; you'll use any old opportunity to post your irrelevant ramblings... I imagine we'll see you insinuate yourself into the posts pages soon.  (Jun 29, 2008 | post #45)

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