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Iron Range student dies after suffering burns in welding ...

Horrible! I am saddened by this tragic accident, and know how quickly this can happen. A similar accident happened to me, welding, when I leaned over my first weld to make a second pass farther from me. My T-shirt caught on fire, but luckily I noticed it quickly. Tried to smother the flames, but was unsuccessful. Finally just took the shirt off and escaped with minor burns. Was 'funny' afterward, but now I realize how close I came to a major problem. Stuff like this makes one think back on all the 'stupid' things one does on the way to adulthood. There are several instances in my past where I've done 'stupid' things that could have ended tragically. And by 'stupid' I mean making little mistakes that have more to do with lack of experience than lack of brains. It's a wonder some of us actually survive- and stories like this make me realize how lucky I am that I haven't been seriously injured. My condolences to his family for this sorrowful accident.  (May 15, 2010 | post #13)

County says cell mix-up an 'unfortunate coincidence'

'In hindsight....' What a stupid comment. In hindsight, I'd say just the opposite- it didn't turn out as bad as I would have expected. The witness got beat up.....yeah, that's the LEAST I would expect from putting a MURDERER in an enclosed cell with the same guy who implicated him. B J Little has a valid point, we can't know every detail all the time, but geez, you'd think the victim would have voiced some concern when he saw his new cellmate...  (May 15, 2010 | post #21)

ACLU says Pennsylvania police cite hundreds for cursing

My, my. If this is true- it's good that you are no longer a deputy. This is a classic example of 'abuse of power'. Back in my younger days, I had a lot more respect for law-enforcement officers. But the older I get, the more I realize there's a lot of guys who really shouldn't be trusted with a badge... Sidebar: Read a statistic that claimed the average cop IQ is right around 100. I'm starting to believe it...  (May 12, 2010 | post #15)

South Dakota ex-con faces execution in Texas

I like this story! It's got everything. Murder, mayhem, retribution, and forgiveness. I admire the perp for asking forgiveness and facing his punishment like a man. 'I did the deed, I'm sorry for that, I've made my peace with God'....good for him. And good for Texas for holding him accountable- even though it took 12 years...  (May 12, 2010 | post #8)

His moment of distraction, his moment of decision

I have heard that it costs more to execute someone than to incarcerate them. Also that the death penalty is no deterrent to crime. Both of these 'statistics' I think are lies. Anecdotal evidence for the latter: I read an undercover-cop biography once, where the cop was posing as a street person. A guy he was with pointed out a little old lady mincing down the block and said 'She that old lady? She's got over a thousand dollars on her, right now.' So the cop suggests they rob her, but his buddy says no way. " She's the mother of the local mafia don- and if you touch her, you'll be dead within 24 hours' It was understood. I know this is anecdotal, but it points out a serious flaw in our system. If you commit a crime.. what is the punishment? No one knows. Maybe you'll get caught, maybe you'll even get convicted. Will you fry? Not likely...and not till you're an old man if ever. I think we are sophisticated enough nowadays to at least institute a tiered system. If there is doubt, life is fine. But if there is NO doubt- like the lady professor in Huntsville, Alabama- the trial gets held within a month, and you die. End of story. No appeal if there is no doubt. And another aspect that drives me crazy is the saving of a doomed man. About a month ago, I read of a prisoner that attempted suicide on the day of his scheduled execution. So they rushed him to the hospital!!!??? I don't get it.....  (May 3, 2010 | post #51)

Stillwater teen gets 8 years in fatal Wisconsin crash

Cars, too, cause they kill more than anything else! I dunno, something ain't right here. I got stoned once and drove- I was doing 35 on the highway and thought I was flying! This poor schmuck has to spend 8 years in jail for an accident? I think that's a little much- especially compared to some of the sentences for violent crimes. Don't get me wrong, I think what he did was terrible- but compared to a predator...this was an accident! Accidents happen in the blink of an eye, especially to invincible teenagers. I'm guessing he feels terrible already- after all, he killed his friends- and will suffer guilt the rest of his life. Predators don't feel guilt- they knowingly prey on other humans, which is a whole 'nother ball game in my book. Boy, eight years. That's a long time for a momentary lapse in judgement. Who among us has NOT driven 25 mph over the speed limit?  (May 3, 2010 | post #24)

His moment of distraction, his moment of decision

And for you label-slinging nincompoops that want to practice divisiveness, I guess I am a 'liberal'. It's not a catch-all phrase. There's a broad spectrum of issues, and a wide range of opinions. Some issues I think conservatively on, some I think more democratically on. Imagine that!  (May 2, 2010 | post #25)

His moment of distraction, his moment of decision

I see where China just executed a man who had attacked a school ONE MONTH before. Imagine that, a killer gets his due in 30 days. This guy has been a drain on taxpayers for 30 YEARS? This country is going down, people. One of my favorite movie scenes is in 'Lonesome Dove'- where the two Texas rangers are about to hang their friend, Jake Spoon, after being caught with some murderers. Spoon hadn't actually killed anyone- and was a likable character- but as the lawmen said-'You didn't ride away (from the criminals)' They caught him, he was guilty by association- and he received his punishment in a timely fashion. Boom! You know the risks, you take the chance- now pay the price. Contrast this with today, where we are having a discussion over the fate of this guy who has been ALIVE for all these years! And has a possibility of being FREE again. Well I wish that poor little BOY was still ALIVE and that his INNOCENT FAMILY hadn't of had to SUFFER the CRUELTY of living with the DEATH of their SWEET, INNOCENT SON!!! Paid his debt to society- bah! Give those parents their son back. Give them relief from the overwhelming GREIF they have lived with for thirty years! I say give them the opportunity to pull the switch themselves!! Why are we concerned with this piece of garbage at all- when we SHOULD be concerned with the VICTIMS of his actions. Find out what they want- and if they want death for this selfish be it. But it should have been done right after his trial-THIRTY YEARS AGO!!  (May 2, 2010 | post #24)

Speeding costs Vikings WR Berrian a $300 fine

This guy Berrian is fast- on the field or in a car...gets paid millions for the first, has to pay pennies for the second.  (Apr 30, 2010 | post #5)

Woman with 20 previous criminal cases accused of indecent...

Dang, pulling out one's breasts is a crime? I'm kinda leaning toward REWARDING that type of behavior. But I gotta agree with Mort, quality matters. Still, I can see public drunkeness- but indecent exposure? C'mon.  (Apr 30, 2010 | post #15)

Iowan ready for prom with gum wrapper dress

Thanks, Margie. I had actually seen this picture later- in a different newspaper- but in such a small size as to be worthless. This picture is bigger, but still doesn't provide DETAIL! The vest looks pretty good from a distance, and I couldn't see anything that made the dress unusual.....  (Apr 21, 2010 | post #13)

Iowan ready for prom with gum wrapper dress

Geez, how about a picture, huh? Is it too much to ask of a newspaper to provide pertinent info on a story?  (Apr 13, 2010 | post #9)

Brothers feuding over Packers tickets get day in court

Lying, cheating, scamming....figures they're Packer fans....haha  (Apr 10, 2010 | post #10)

Police: Ohio woman kills cousin in Easter attire spat

Ouch, I guess I don't understand the 'kill' mentality. I was brought up in a world where life was sacred. You had a beef with somebody, it was okay to engage in fisticuffs....but no weapons. And killing was out of the question. I think it's time to institute a REAL death penalty- not one where killers stay alive on death row for decades. I think we are sophisticated enough now to differentiate between airtight cases and circumstantial ones. Like in this case, there is no doubt that she killed her cousin. Start the trial tomorrow, and execute her by Friday. Then ask those who claim the death penalty is not a deterrent to killers.  (Apr 6, 2010 | post #43)

Report: Lockdown in Blaine neighborhood called off

Well, I disagree with that. Did the dog identify himself as a police officer before biting? If not, this nice boy probably thought he was just a wild, feral, abandoned pet living in the woods. Who does the dad compare this guy to in proclaiming him 'nice'? His other son?  (Mar 31, 2010 | post #30)