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February 1, 2014

Sound Off


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Check the manual

To the commenter “Letterboxing”: There is nothing wrong with your TV, if it’s a new flat screen. Before complaining, you need to read your instruction manual, some manuals are on screen. Go to menu settings, go to picture settings and you’ll find you can adjust your picture, to appear in many different ways. Try looking for the wide screen setting. Don’t know what brand you have, so you might have to search different functions.

Toast

It was a Republican president who adopted the Patriot Act so they could listen in on terrorists. That was the only good thing Bush did. It was under a Republican that welfare increased to its 40 million. It was a Republican who tripled the debt and unemployment. It was OK for Bush to do it and not be held accountable. You right-wingers have nothing to stand on. The Republican Party is toast.

Oil prices

Why is it that oil is 40 cents a gallon higher than gasoline? Price gouging is going on and no one is raising an eyebrow. What is the reason? Correct me if I am wrong but gas costs more to refine than oil. Who is watching these thieves? Are the politicians on the payroll? Can someone investigate this?

Respect needed

Is it possible for more intelligent responses on Sound Off? Can any of you debate without being sarcastic, childish and downright nasty? Can you talk about your views without calling those who disagree with you childish names? Can you respect all presidents, past and present, enough to tone down the ridiculous name-calling and the writing of hate-filled critiques? No wonder our country is in a shambles. You blame Washington for not coming to the table and hashing things out, yet you are acting no better and perhaps even worse. People don’t agree with each other -- a simple fact -- yet one that no one on this board seems to treat with respect.

Detroit

I was just thinking the blue-collar workers in the auto industry are some of the highest paid blue-collars in the country. I assume they mostly live there in Detroit and with their income must live well -- own their homes there, belong to clubs, etc. So the question is: With the auto industry paying some of the best wages to the blue-collars, why is Detroit the dump that it is, how did it get that way and whose fault is it? Can it ever be brought back? This has to be the fault of many people and with that many people, couldn’t they see this coming?

Obama’s party

Obama and his liberal Democrats are a bunch of extreme hypocrites when they speak of income inequality. Obama gives his wife Michelle a 50th birthday party that cost $230,000. That cost legally, was solely his responsibility but instead Mr. “Share the Wealth” keeps taking from taxpayers and keeps his hands in his pocket as he has done so many times before. The hypocrisy of Obama and his fellow liberal Democrats never ceases to amaze me and it just keeps getting worse. Hopefully the 2014 election will stop all this hypocritical, selfish and totally irresponsible behavior. How’s all that “Hope and Change” treating you?