Monday, March 19, 2012

Who got hate mail?

My most frequent critic says 'hi.'
This guy!
It was in reaction to last week's column ...
Letter reads:
March 13, 2012
Mr Leffler
     re - "Your Column" in today's US&J
     You really are a piece of work!!
     You "probably won't vote for Barack Obama". What a laugh - If you even think out loud of doing so, you'll "probably" lose your job with the US&J.
     You spoke of loons - Aren't those running for president on the Republican ticket just that?
     Talk of riding both sides of the fence - First on the list Bull crapper you!!!
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By the way, it's the same writer as a previously posted hate mail. It's nice to be loved. :)
Of course, my favorite hate mail ever was from someone I thought was a friend. It always works out that way, doesn't it?

Random thoughts on state of society


The debate over health care in this country has gone from bad to worse, with accusations bandied about by both sides, saying that the GOP hates women and that the left hates religion.
Personally, I think both sides might be oversimplifying the issue a bit and everyone needs to step away from the microphone until cooler heads prevail.
I can say this however: Few things sicken me more than the number of people who hate in the name of their God. I say “their God” instead of just “God,” because it’s obviously a different God than the one I know.
Using religion as a means to attack someone just seems to go against everything religion is supposed to mean. It’s as though some people’s Bibles only came with the book of Leviticus. None of that feel-good New Testament stuff. It’s maddening.
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The Republican race for the White House continues to muddle along, ever closer to what almost looks like a guaranteed brokered convention. As you may know, I’m a Ron Paul fan, but he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance, so I basically don’t have a horse in that race. Come April 24, I won’t be able to vote in the New York primary, but I have to imagine it will actually count this year, something it seldom does.
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My oldest daughter was telling me the other day that she’s scared for the future because she’ll be voting in four years, but doesn’t know anything about the current race for the White House. She then named the four GOP candidates and stated briefly what they stand for — or at least what they are perceived to stand for.
Personally, I don’t fear for the future. I fear for the present because my 14-year-old daughter who considers herself uninformed knows more about the contest than most of my adult friends.
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I’ve long suggested that there should be an entrance exam to the voting booth complete with five basic questions about the candidates themselves. They should be factual questions that anyone who’s voting would know the answer to. Your grade on the exam would be equal to how much your vote counts. If you get only one question right, your vote only counts 20 percent. If you get them all right, your vote counts 100 percent. This would ensure that the most important decisions made in this great nation of our are being made from those in the know.
Unfortunately, it’s not that way and everyone’s vote counts the same meaning our decisions are being made by the dumb masses.
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I understand political expediency and the art of compromise, but I’m disappointed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo caved on his promise to veto the legislative district lines if they were not drawn by an independent (non-partisan) panel. As such, we are doomed to 10 more years of near-guaranteed incumbency protection.
The same people who have gotten us into the mess that we’re in are pretty much a shoe-in to keep us wallowing in the same mess for another decade.