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Re: “I am Mike Vick: Why we should give the sanctimony a rest

I appreciate your sentiments. It's much easier to be a vegetarian than you may think it is. It's also easier to be vegan than you probably think it is. I've found the food is tastier, the flavors richer, and the sleep better as I know I'm doing my part for animals, the environment, and other people (many people in developing countries die from famine while they grow grains that are sold to Western countries for livestock to eat).

If anyone out there doesn't like what Michael Vick did, it's great over here on the vegetarian side, and you can do your part to not be like Michael Vick, today.

Posted by Jamie36 on 10/30/2010 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Positive feedback

Congratulations on finding the creator of the song, but the last sentence smacks of a desperate attempt to deny technology of any "victory" in helping an analog person in a digital world. In reality, the cassettes you use are technology, the radio is a huge piece of technology, and the WAMU listener used online technology to deliver the answer.

The author is trying to make a poetic point by painting technology as a big, bad behemoth only composed of Google, but it's just a tool to connect people like anything else, as it did in this case. In this case, Google didn't help, but the technology of radio and Internet comments did.

Posted by Jamie36 on 10/29/2009 at 4:05 PM

Re: “A face of the uninsured, a state of denial

I have a friend with epilepsy and a seizure is inevitable if no medication is taken. Depending on how much she is making from her temp job, can't half her workers' comp go towards the medications? I'd gladly take about $400 a week in compensation in addition to my job. I have no health insurance. She may want to buy things for her daughters, I know how they can be, but she needs to put her health first.

We subsidize the drug R&D of the world by paying $800 a month for specialized meds. If we stop doing that, Canadians will not have their cheap prescriptions anymore OR we just won't have the meds in the first place. I'm wondering why no one's really talking about that aspect.

How can a woman who might have the possibility of getting pregnant at 44 take precedence over a woman with epilepsy for Medicaid? That in itself is a huge problem. We shouldn't be encouraging 44-year-olds to get pregnant in any way (dangerous for them and the baby), especially when there are kids out there who need to be adopted. That is madness and worthy of an investigation in and of itself.

Finally, the stats quoted about infant mortality are misleading. The US counts babies below a certain weight who would be considered dead by most nations as alive. When they die, we call it a death, but in other countries like France and Canada, they were never considered alive in the first place. We're actually pretty good with infant mortality.

Posted by Jamie36 on 07/20/2009 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Wishful mapping

My parents live in a rural area (in a blue state that is heavily Democratic) and pay $40 a month for fixed wireless Internet. They would love to have DSL. The Garretts, honestly, should be counting their blessings. They pay $45 a month for broadband. That's pretty standard. Since when did phone or satellite charges count as Internet fees? Phone charges are a separate issue. You can get unlimited calls to the United States and western Europe for $25 from Lingo like I do if you're worried about a $45 phone bill. If you don't want to research all the available options, it seems silly to me to complain about your situation to a newspaper reporter. And if Ms. Garrett uses it for work three days a week can't she take half the cost off her taxes?

I don't want to even pay $11 a month for TV service, so I don't get any channels other than what I get off the antenna. If you're paying $100 a month for satellite you're getting a few hundred channels for the money and probably an extra sports package. To me, that's a luxury, not a necessity, and nothing to cry over.

Mr. Garrett says he wants to pay for Time Warner to come to his house, not "government assistance." How exactly is he going to pay them back $17,000 per cable mile? If he can do that, I don't think he should be complaining about a few hundred dollar a month utility costs.

Seems to me if Time Warner did spend the dough to extend to Efland, the Garretts would just complain about them, too.

Posted by Jamie36 on 07/20/2009 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Marilyn Kille versus Carrboro: the rematch

If Carrboro is worried about so-called "substandard apartments," why not condemn all of Abbey Court as a nuisance and a safety hazard? Have you seen pictures of some of those rathole apartments? I live between Abbey Court and Marilyn Kille's farm, and I often see police officers gathered at Abbey Court. I never see them at the horse farm. Even the glass in the Abbey Court bus shelter had to be removed because there was so much graffiti and it was such an eyesore. Every day driving by I have to dodge drunk people running across the street to the convenience store/gas station/tacqueria. One of these days, someone is going to be killed running across that street without looking for cars. I ask you, which of these is the greater threat to Carrboro??

Posted by Gloria on 04/18/2009 at 4:34 AM

Re: “Ron Paul's nod boosts Lawson coffers

This is a big achievement for Lawson. He's giving Price a run for his money compared to previous Price opponents. It's interesting to see all the Democrats who have sided with Lawson this time.

Posted by MLG on 10/08/2008 at 11:13 PM

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