Racetracks vs. schools
Someone needs to explain why $400 million is going into improving a raceway, while schools are closing down for lack of funds.
I just heard this on the news about this money going into a raceway and then a school closing down for lack of funds, and that does not make sense to me.
What is more important: the education of a child or watching cars race?
Someone needs to do something about this.
'Gateway drug and pot zombies'
I have to rant in response to marijuana being the gateway drug and pot zombies.
I believe that person is incorrect.
The zombies you see are addicted to pharmaceutical drugs. There are seven people in my family, who are addicted to pharmaceutical drugs, and have become zombies.
They had surgery and were given OxyContin for the management of moderate to severe pain when a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic is needed for an extended period of time.
Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Family addicted to these drugs cannot be in our home, because they will steal and they definitely act like zombies, even slurring when they speak. It is very addictive.
They have withdrawal when they try to stop taking them.
Most people, who believe that marijuana is the gateway drug, are brainwashed by the media, which began in the 1920s and 1930s.
But facts prove alcohol is the gateway drug. Alcohol is still the most widely used drug of teenagers.
We all have a right to our opinion, and sometimes our opinions have facts to back them.
Many good things will come from cannabis and hemp, and it is big companies like DuPont, paper mills, cotton and pharmaceuticals, and the list goes on, that will keep brainwashing you into believing it is bad. Find out for yourself.
I am all for Harris' expansion project, but how about a little honesty from the local republican majority?
"WE BUILT THIS?"
First, Troutman is repaved using federal stimulus money, and now the street re-alignment will also be paid for using state and federal money.
In other words, the "we" here is "we, the tax payers."
I hope Harris enjoys all the taxpayer support!
Redevelop existing properties
I never heard back from anyone regarding my question: Why don't you look into offering incentives to redevelop existing crumbling and functionally abandoned properties, instead of studying which wetlands should be developed?
It's not just the cars
You are right, there are too many Japanese, German and Korean cars in this state, and they are no better than American cars.
By that I mean, the Chinese already bought most of the icon buildings in New York and (are) trying to purchase toll roads: and who knows if they see we are on their side by buying their goods and supporting their economy?
They might as well take over our government and have Chinese as third language.
And, who knows, maybe the Social Security checks for our kids (will) be written in Japanese or Chinese.
Response to 'Desperate need of repeal'
Why Hometown News printed your inaccurate information, I do not know. So please allow me to correct you.
"Obamacare" (the Affordable Care Act) was not just something that was secretly passed in the dark of the night, as some would like you to believe.
It received 34 roll calls and 35 days of debate.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) recently reminded his fellow Republicans that Obamacare was debated for weeks in Senate committees and received 25 days of debate on the Senate floor.
Senators from both parties filed 506 amendments and took 34 roll call votes.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee debated reform for a month and even accepted 164 Republican amendments.
There was nothing secret about it. It was voted on, passed and is now the law of the land. Get over it, and move on.
Funding claims about the Affordable Care Act
Claims that imply that (President Barack) Obama has taken money out of Medicare, and Medicare won't ever get it back, are simply not true.
We are not using Medicare funds or gutting Medicare to pay for "Obamacare" (The Affordable Care Act).
One can simply verify this information on any fact-check website.
Republicans claim the president's $716 billion "cuts" to Medicare hurt the program's finances, but the opposite is true.
These cuts in the future growth of spending prolong the life of the Medicare trust fund, stretching the program's finances out longer than they would last otherwise.
Why do people send in rants to Hometown News that are verifiable false?
To the person who stopped me in the parking lot
As I approached my car in the mall parking lot today, I was approached by a stranger, who asked me if I voted for (President Barack) Obama.
Assuming he read my (President) Obama bumper sticker, I proudly said "Yes" and proceeded to get in my car. As I did that, he said "What a loser!" and walked away laughing.
I said nothing. The best reply to a fool is silence.
To take the time to stop and insult a stranger because they don't share your opinion says so much about a person.
President) Obama won twice, so really who is the loser here, sir?
Dogs in the grocery store
This is in regards to a rant, "Keep your dogs out of the grocery store", a short rant that was in the Hometown News in December.
I totally agree with he or she, who wrote this rant.
I do not think the grocery stores should allow the customers to bring pets inside the grocery stores, or any store for that matter, unless they are seeing-eye dogs.
The owner puts the dog in the cart, where all your groceries are. This is not very sanitary.
I love dogs, but there is a place for them, and that is at home, not in a public store!
There is no truth in politics or anywhere else
I read your Rants & Raves section almost every week, and every week someone, probably the same person, complains that some writer's facts were all wrong.
Who cares? If they were writing about politics, there is no truth in politics anyway.
Political truth is about "what they leave in, and what they leave out; or "what they tell you, and what they don't."
If a Congressperson or Senator votes against some bill, it may not mean that he or she is against it. It usually means that the other political party has attached something to the otherwise good bill that the Congressperson or Senator thinks is bad, or cannot live with.
If a compromise cannot be made by the two parties, then our Congressperson or Senator goes on record as voting against the bill. It is simple, but it is still a problem.
Secondly, I find that 90 percent of people grab onto what they are fed in news, especially online, and feel the need to pass it along to as many people as they can; hoping to, I suppose, change everybody's mind, so that everybody thinks like them, or thinks like the unknown person, who sent it out first.
This, of course, just makes our guy a conduit, a tube that the information runs through, rather than a thinker ... or an individual.
Lastly, I think there are so many shades of gray in everything these days that I have started sorting everything that I read, see and hear into the question mark column.
Facts are no longer set in concrete. Treat them as opinions, until you hear them about 400 times; then, of course, you will have no choice but to believe them.
For Brevard School Board, with its threats
Way to go, Brevard School Board. The people voted "No," not once, but twice, to your half-cent tax increase.
Now, you're threatening the people. What part of "No" don't you understand?
You have to do what the rest of us out here have to do, tighten your belt and do the cuts to meet your budget.
These are very hard times for all of us, yet you continue to ask for more taxes.
Maybe you're in the wrong line of work - sick of the easy way out, tax the people.