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What we tolerate

January 22, 2014

We’ve reached a point in our society where our political leaders have only to claim ignorance about moral or even legal lapses within their administrations....

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SilverFeather

Jan-24-14 8:22 AM

Congress caused the shut down, congress is responsible. Obama, no matter how much you hate his skin color, does not have that much power!

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Ritty77

Jan-22-14 7:41 PM

Good letter, Phil.

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underwood

Jan-22-14 3:54 PM

It seems that beating a dead horse is necessary because a lot of people haven’t gotten the message yet.

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Steelman

Jan-22-14 2:43 PM

“What we tolerate”

What we tolerate is the same things being published over and over again. Good Lord it is like beating a dead horse.

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underwood

Jan-22-14 2:34 PM

The letter was directed toward politicians in general and the attitude of the voting public. Until voters begin taking lies and other infractions seriously and refuse to vote for candidates that are guilty of them, we’ll only see things get worse.

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johnnyad3

Jan-22-14 1:26 PM

"He's destroyed the economy..."

You must not have read the article in the Nation part of the paper on Monday. There are states out there that are showing surpluses and are wondering what to do with them.

Of course, some of them are talking tax breaks now even though they have pension problems that they created. Even though they have infrastructure problems that they've ignored for over a decade.

I don't know if anyone else remembers but back in 2008, this kind of recovery was expected. Economists predicted we wouldn't have unemployment down to 5% till 2014-2015.

Back to the subject at hand; Phil-you posted we vote offenders back in. Are any in our area? Do you expect, aside from Mirabito, we will have the same legislators governing north central PA?

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SteelerFan

Jan-22-14 1:08 PM

richardson, apply that same philosophy to Hillary and Barry

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eriklatranyi

Jan-22-14 12:16 PM

JohnZook:

Bread and circuses.

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JohnZook

Jan-22-14 10:29 AM

Well he's got the people "hooked" on gov't handouts so lets get the people stoned on grass. Since you can just sit back and collect gov't largess with no effort made to get a job, let's let them get stoned and everyone doing it will be worthless. He's destroyed the economy, now lets go for the people.

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eriklatranyi

Jan-22-14 10:29 AM

Richardson:

I never liked Christie because he is not a conservative.

I agree the bridge closing was wrong.

I also think Obama closing national parks was wrong.

Both are examples of arrogance.

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richardson

Jan-22-14 10:23 AM

Phil's letter is appropos for the current controversy over the political traffic jam at the GW bridge. Christie says that it was his crew not him. Law of the Sea from this old sea-dog: It's your ship You're out.

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leaningright

Jan-22-14 10:06 AM

usaborn- I would rather have Obama blowing Marijuana smoke than most of the other smoke he blows around on a daily basis. Maybe a big doober for him, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid would open their minds to better thinking, or thinking in general. LOL.

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USABorn

Jan-22-14 9:57 AM

And as reported by the government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, adolescent use of marijuana does something that alcohol does not; it causes permanent brain damage, including lowering of I.Q.

Taxpayers have spent billions of dollars warning about drugs, often about marijuana, but these efforts were dramatically undercut by the president’s comments.

Mr. Obama might as well have rolled that money into a joint and smoked it on national television.

He told the interviewer, David Remnick, that his earlier years of prodigious puffery were “a bad habit and a vice.” Yet he doesn’t warn others not to follow in his footsteps.

The Drug-Free America Foundation responded on its blog: “His laissez-faire attitude about legalization has drug policy and prevention experts scratching their heads in confusion as to why the president will not give clear guidance…either he is seriously ill-informed about the issue or is completely ignoring warnings from his highly-esteemed advisors.”

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USABorn

Jan-22-14 9:56 AM

Here is a perfect example:

President Obama’s latest claims about marijuana are contradicted by research and official positions of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is part of the White House. And Mr. Obama’s words have anti-drug leaders worried about negative repercussions among youth.

Mr. Obama claimed to The New Yorker magazine that marijuana is no worse than cigarettes or alcohol and he promoted state efforts by Colorado and Washington to legalize marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law.

The National Drug Control Policy’s official stance, posted on the whitehouse.gov website, says the opposite of Mr. Obama on all counts.

For example, as documented in agency reports, marijuana smoke has significantly more carcinogens than than tobacco smoke.

cont'd

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underwood

Jan-22-14 9:45 AM

Not only do we tolerate these things, we vote offenders back into office.

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Tgrammiex4

Jan-22-14 9:20 AM

Enigma, I made no excuses for tolerating it.You can't fight what you can't see.Until it is exposed, what can the public do? None of it should be tolerated once it is exposed.I believe most ,if not all are proccecuted once it is uncovered and investigated.

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SteelerFan

Jan-22-14 8:50 AM

leaning: 'Your(sic) only as good as those you surround yourself with'

Correct, and also the current admin knows that half or more of the country doesn't care about all of the crap he is doing, so he continues to do it with a big grin on his face.

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leaningright

Jan-22-14 8:09 AM

Your only as good as those you surround yourself with.

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leaningright

Jan-22-14 8:08 AM

Y

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eriklatranyi

Jan-22-14 8:02 AM

Yes, corruption is tolerated because it is "my team" or because people say it is what the other side does.

This is not sports.

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enigma

Jan-22-14 7:18 AM

Tgammeix4, That's the lamest excuse I've ever heard. Even if you are right and the corruption has "gone on forever", there is no excuse for tolerating it. It is exactly because it is easier to expose now that we should be able to stop it. It is a sad day when we use past transgressions to justify present corrupt behavior.

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Tgrammiex4

Jan-22-14 6:59 AM

I think the corruption in gov't at all levels has gone on forever. It's just much easier to expose these days. Most is driven by money and power.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jan-22-14 5:46 AM

It also seems to go with whether someone voted for the "offending" political leader since many people don't want to be perceived that they made a bad choice by voting for the leader.

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