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Opinion

February 13, 2014

Sound Off

End of debate

“For me, it is great fun watching them implode.” This is a quote from a recent Sound Off poster referring to his view of the so-called deterioration of the Republican party. Does anyone else find it sad that the two-party system, rather than being a means of healthy debate and checks and balances, has become an arena that has divided this country so much that people actually are gleeful that we are so divided? What kind of person gloats like this? This is a cancer that threatens the morals and ideas our country was built on. Rather than healthy debate, healthy give and take, checks and balances to keep any one sector from becoming too powerful, we have been reduced to watching some of our citizens gleefully clapping their hands at the real or imaged implosion of one of our political parties. So much for patriotism and pride in country.

Bully or bumbler?

The Democrats are alleging that Gov. Christie is either a bully if he knew about Bridgegate or a bumbling fool if he didn’t. I say we widen this a little and head south towards Washington. If President Obama knew about the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Benghazi, the spying on the American people and all the rest of the stuff we don’t even know abut yet, we call him a bully. If he didn’t, he’s a bumbling fool. Which is it, Democrats? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right?

No to XL

No, it is not a good idea to build the Keystone XL pipeline as stated in the recent editorial. Extracting, processing and burning this dirty kind of oil will only increase the atmospheric pollution problem. This oil will not be used by America; China will be its destination. We will be taking on the risk of transport to the Gulf Coast without the benefits of access to the oil, as though we were an exploited third world country. Less than 45 permanent jobs will be created on the proposed pipeline. This Canadian dirty oil should go across Canada to the Pacific then by freighter down to the Gulf Coast.

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