Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 8:04pm

This is a real pain

As the debate rages on in Washington whether "ObamaCare" is the right way to go or even affordable, several frequent visitors to neighboring hospitals made unexpected visits.

Former vice president Dick Cheney, who has more frequent flyer miles racked up with all his hospital stays, had "chest pains" recently. He was admitted immediately to one of America's finest hospitals, receiving around-the-clock care. Who's picking up the tab so Mr. Cheney can "rest comfortably"? The American taxpayer — many of which have no health benefits.

For more than 40 percent of Americans who feel tighness or shortness of breath, they have to work through it. Unless they want a $1,500 emergency room bill for a false alarm.

Former Sen. Bob Dole, who's also on the dole, was admitted for complications from a prior knee surgery. The U.S. taxpayer paid for his new "knee," and all follow-up treatment.

All of Congress and their families have free access to world class health care. It's  available 24/7. Is that why they can't comprehend the plight of half of Americans who cannot see a doctor without the fear of filing bankruptcy?

Paul D'Argent, 37209

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269 Comments on this post:

By: DustyU on 3/4/10 at 5:59

ben acting straight is always a choice called free will
what you are attracted to i would call your orientation

By: brrrrk on 3/4/10 at 6:02

Ben,

You say, "I've not suggested that it's a decision gays make", but at the same time you imply that there's something inherently wrong with that fact that people are gay.... and that it is not something beyond their control. If you truly believe that, then how can you logically say that it can't be a civil rights issue?

And the fact that you continue to equate being gay with being a child molester is bullshit! You show me a gay "pervert" and I'll show you a hetero "pervert". Being a child molester has absolutely nothing to do with being gay..... other than in your mind.

By: BenDover on 3/4/10 at 6:10

I never equated being gay to being a child molester. I actually intended the child molester to be straight in my example.

My point involving the pervert is that his preference could also be beyond his control yet he misses the 'civil rights' cut - and rightly so. Civil rights protections do not extend to one's preferences as an order of protection for their behavior. Society has to decide at which threshold behaviors are sanctioned and at which threshold behavior is punished. Otherwise the pervert gets equal access to the civil rights protection argument as gays.

By: brrrrk on 3/4/10 at 6:27

BenDover said

"My point involving the pervert is that his preference could also be beyond his control yet he misses the 'civil rights' cut - and rightly so. Civil rights protections do not extend to one's preferences as an order of protection for their behavior."

Man, you just don't get it do you.... you're right back to implying that a "preference" is matter of choice. Why should someone who is born gay have any fewer rights than a person born black... or white... or green?

And let's get one more thing straight (no pun intended)... any crime of sexual assault nature, whether it be with a child or an adult (as in rape) is an act of violence or abuse of power, and has more to do with the mental condition of the perpetrator and has nothing to do with their sexual preference.

"The distinction between a victim's gender and a perpetrator's sexual orientation is important because many child molesters don't really have an adult sexual orientation. They have never developed the capacity for mature sexual relationships with other adults, either men or women. Instead, their sexual attractions focus on children – boys, girls, or children of both sexes."

http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/facts_molestation.html

By: sidneyames on 3/4/10 at 6:50

Missed the day; looks like ya'll had fun and good conversation.

Regarding this:
By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/4/10 at 3:58
house, i have some gay friends who tried really hard to be straight so as to not disappointed their fundamentalist families. didn't work.

Blanket, do you (or anyone else) know anyone who tried really hard to be gay and that didn't work out?

Regarding open sexuality in the military, I'd NOT want to be captured in an enemy country like Iraq or Iran or Afghanistan and have them know if I'm gay (if I were gay). That would probably bring upon me some torture or pain or death cause those countries hang you, if you're gay and they catch you.

So for the military, who cares about gender or sexuality or preference? Can you shoot straight and think quickly on your feet and follow orders?

By: brrrrk on 3/4/10 at 7:00

sidneyames said

"Blanket, do you (or anyone else) know anyone who tried really hard to be gay and that didn't work out?"

Gee Sid, do you think it might have something to do with the fact that there's no stigma attached to being straight? Or that people who are gay are pressured by society to be what they are not? Ever wonder why the suicide rates among gays are higher than among straights? Could it have something to do with the fact that gays are constantly reminded by some in our "bent" society that they don't count? Duh!......

By: DustyU on 3/4/10 at 7:03

sidney straight men in prison who can't control their sexual needs so to speak turn "gay" for the time they are locked up
does that count?

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 7:07

Hello Brian.

If you have figure it out yet sid lives in a fantasy world.

By: DustyU on 3/4/10 at 7:11

hi captain how are you feeling this evening?

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 7:17

I am tried but home now. It was a long day.

By: DustyU on 3/4/10 at 7:20

good get some rest like grandpa is! lol

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 7:23

I have read the other pages, so I am not upi to what went on today. I will do that later or tomorrow at some point.

So Dusty is doing good I take.

By: DustyU on 3/4/10 at 7:25

not really to awake but resting comfortably

By: DustyU on 3/4/10 at 7:28

can't wait to pass this comment on to him

By: dargent7 on 3/4/10 at 11:38
Dusty-U, whether in or out of a coma, makes more sense than this board, fully awake.

By: DustyU on 3/4/10 at 7:30

good night captain
get some rest and I'll chat with you tomorrow
and hopefully have more news about grandpa
bye

By: Captain Nemo on 3/4/10 at 7:32

Yes I love d7 grumpy wit. I hope to meet in person someday.

By: BenDover on 3/4/10 at 8:33

Well... if a 50 year old shiek has a harem of willing 14 year old girls because his culture says that's OK; does that make his preference toward young girls any more valid than the pervert we discussed earlier?

Homosexuality in their culture could result in a criminal sentence of death but having young girls in the harem is OK. Since it's not criminal, the distinction I assume you are making, does that make it OK for the shiek but not OK for the gay guy as it is OK for the gay guy here but not OK for the perv?

We could have a culture where heterosexuality is considered perverse... though that culture would have quickly become extinct which explains why there are no such cultures.

By: sidneyames on 3/4/10 at 10:50

By: brrrrk on 3/4/10 at 6:00
sidneyames said "Blanket, do you (or anyone else) know anyone who tried really hard to be gay and that didn't work out?"

Gee Sid, do you think it might have something to do with the fact that there's no stigma attached to being straight? Or that people who are gay are pressured by society to be what they are not? Ever wonder why the suicide rates among gays are higher than among straights? Could it have something to do with the fact that gays are constantly reminded by some in our "bent" society that they don't count? Duh!......

brrrk you sound a bit sarcastic. I was just asking a question. If you are implying that I think "gays" as you say don'g count, you are severely wrong. You don't know me, my family or who's gay in my life and who's not.

Don't be so defensive. If you don't know the answer just say so.

By: sidneyames on 3/4/10 at 10:57

By: DustyU on 3/4/10 at 6:03
sidney straight men in prison who can't control their sexual needs so to speak turn "gay" for the time they are locked up
does that count?

I think this is Brian - is it? I'm posting late cause I've been working on a project and couldn't get to the computer. Thanks for the responses.

I'd say that both male and female inmates have that issue. So, no I don't think that would count if one were "switching" out of necessity or for survival (of sorts).

Said by Capt "Hello Brian. If you have figure it out yet sid lives in a fantasy world."

Actually Brian, I am a realist. What's so funny is that no one here REALLY knows me just as they do not really know you. But Capt. thinks he "KNOWS" me. It's almost like he thinks my 63 years on this planet have been spent in a bubble.

And when I post late at night, someone reads it the next day and lambasts me. Do I really care? Not really. This is therapeutic - typing is one of my favorite past times.

Hope you've heard from JimmyU; and tell Daddy DustyU that I'm thinking of him. Gee, we need to have a big party. Where do you live Brian? (I think you said it but I erase the CP after 2 days and I forgot).