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September 4, 2013

Sound Off

Playing politics

Our fearless leader is once again playing politics, only this time a third world war is at stake. If he can get everybody talking about Syria, the heat is off him about all the scandals that surround him. He has done nothing to deal with any of these scandals — that means he agrees with what these rogue civil servants who are paid by the taxpayers are doing. No one has been fired and, indeed, they are all on paid vacations that can last for years while he “looks into” the problem. Not the A-team, folks!

Drug victims

There is no such thing as “someone who would die of a drug overdose.” That mentality is one of the issues regarding drug use, addiction, and its treatment. It is stigmatized, so much so that it becomes an ailment people cannot possibly associate with those who show promise or are identified as “bright.” It can happen to those who excel in academia, sports, the arts — no one is immune, no matter their grades, race, age, or their socioeconomic status. This tragedy is something we can all learn from — drug overdose and drug addiction does not cherry pick its victims.


Look at that! Michael McLaughlin is indicted again! Where are all those Sound Off writers who clamored to support him? Feel pretty silly now?


What did President Obama think was going to happen? He has spent the last five years letting his arrogance drive everything he has done. Did he think that now, when he needs Congress and the rest of the world to back him up, that they would fight to get first in line? He is reaping what he has sown and, after being a community organizer for years, he has become totally ineffective because he has sent out the aura of knowing more than anyone else and being absolutely right.

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