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  • in reply to: The United States of Income Inequality #402485

    sirlancelot
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    There may be wide income disparity, but what matters is quality of life for the average individual. Does the average person have adequate shelter, food, medical care and clothing, and how do we define this? Consider that Les Wexner’s quality of life is far above average but I hardly care as long as I have a decent job that allows me food, clothing, decent shlter and access to good medical care. What we should worry about is what happens if large numbers of people suddenly lack these necessities and no longer believe they are attainable. The result is a social explosion that can bring down governments and equally destroy rich and poor alike. Efforts to alleviate wide income disparity and social inequality result in economic and political security for the upper class as much as it does for the rest of us. This has long been understood in Britain, for example, where the aristocracy gave up no small amount of power and income in exchange for their security. Republicans and tea partiers should understand this.

    in reply to: Government Shutdown – 2013 Edition #552252

    sirlancelot
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    We seem to be repeating history, as in 1850’s. We have sectionalism, a Congress unable to compromise due to ideology, social change and religious discord, immigration issues and foriegn intrigues, capped by election of a president hugely unpopular in the South. Today’s “fire eaters” are willing to destroy the country to uphold their ideology. I find it very ironic that the Republican Party must depend on Southern white conservatives to exist, given that it was a Republican president that helped usher the Civil War that ended slavery, and a black man is now president.

    in reply to: Obamacare / Healthcare Reform – News & Discussion #379849

    sirlancelot
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    It would have been cheaper to simply expand Medicare or Medicaid and, with modifications, cover everyone inctead of creating an entirely new program. People already pay into Medicare and participants have various options. Having said this, I have to support “Obamacare” because, currently, I cannot afford or qualify for insurance. We ALL pay for other people’s medical care in one form or another, and it’s only a question of how efficient or costly that form will be.

    Conservatives and many Republicans dislike programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and Obamacare because they feel such benefits should be directly earned by actual work. Or perhaps have no sense of moral obligations to others. Lack of compassion can lead to serious social consequences as history shows.

    in reply to: Detroit Goes Bankrupt, the Largest City to Do So in U.S. #546827

    sirlancelot
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    Recently, I watched a cable news program that contained a news segment about the Detroit bankruptcy. Immediately following the segment, an ad for Mark Herder’s bankruptcy law practice appeared. Talk about coincidence!

    in reply to: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia #536629

    sirlancelot
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    If people are moving back to the city, it is because many of them can’t afford to buy the typical suburban home or can’t afford long commutes. Then again, I moved out of downtown Columbus because rents downtown are way too expensive. If you work or go to school downtown, I can see living there, or, if one is rich and can afford a pricy pad, downtown Columbus is a “happening place.” Otherwise, no.

    in reply to: Why Cities Give Republicans the Brush-Off #547968

    sirlancelot
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    Republican demographics trend toward older, white, wealthy people. Most of those people tend to live outside urban areas. They usually do not have much in common with urban folk, who tend to be younger, minority and less affluent.

    Second, the Republican “base” tends to be conservative Christian, and many of those people live in suburban and rural areas. Many of these people do not have much in common with urban folk. Urban folk tend to be less religious, less affluent, more socially and religiously diverse, and more tolerant of alternative lifestyles.

    Cities are more difficult to manage just because they are cities. Political affilation itself has no effect on population density, the condition of infrastructure, the quality of schools and housing, etc. Political ideology, like personal morality, may influence how and what decisions are made.

    If Ohio Republicans and conservatives dismiss the needs of urban areas and minority voters, they risk provoking social conflict that turns violent. I can easily imagine a well organised and armed urban/poor “militia” acting on behalf of the people they represent. The tea party and rightwing of the GOP might harvest bitter fruit.

    in reply to: Teacher fired for being Gay at Bishop Watterson High School #540426

    sirlancelot
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    Goodness, what happened to the old “Baltimore Catechism” that I’ve heard so much about. Simple answers to complex life questions…until puberty sets in.

    in reply to: Women's Rights – News & Discussion #486353

    sirlancelot
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    TaraK describes the issue far better than I. To me, this is really a religious issue, and would be better framed by the pro-choice side, because it certainly is for conservative Christians. If the state legislature wants to impose Christian religious doctrines as law, they might consider that Christians would face retaliation in response. Consider the Balkans or Northern Ireland….

    in reply to: Federal Government Tracking all U.S. Verizon Calls for 3 Months #544119

    sirlancelot
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    Hate to tell you this, Red Storm, but practically all domestic and international electronic communications are monitored by intelligence agencies via the NRO, probably for years. The NRO is the agency that controls our satellites and other devices, directs those nasty drones, tracks ships and submerines,scans radio/tv broadcasts and internet social media. They use key-word scanning technoloy that decides if your call should be moniored by another agency. The computers the NRO use are beyond awesome.

    in reply to: Christian music at Culvers #543912

    sirlancelot
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    For the record, I have nothing against contemporary Christian or other types of religious music. Obviously, Culvers can play whatever music it wants. I was thinking about the diversity of potential customers, hospitality and business decisions. There is nothing wrong with hearing about Jesus, but sometimes burgers and Jesus don’t mix well. I suspect that many people who eat at Blocks would rather not have synagogue hymns playing while downing their corned beef sandwiches. The usual rule in business is that customers come first.

    in reply to: Ohio State's Mormon President Really Doesn't Like Catholics #543729

    sirlancelot
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    I did not hear or read what Gordon Gee actually said. One suspects that anything said about Catholics or their schools these days, that is not 100% positive, may be viewed as bigoted. Then again, Gee does not have to worry about employees who are lesbian teachers or unimmaculate conceptions among unmarried women. He is probably grateful that he is not president of BYU.

    in reply to: Dispatch — Arena Deal No Windfall for Public #543540

    sirlancelot
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    The impression I have of this situation is this: people voted against funding a city-owned arena. Private business then decided to build an arena and fund a hockey team that would make money. When the venture was no longer profitable, these owners decided to unload it onto the public, i.e. Franklin County. We, the tax payers are stuck with maintaining an arena, which also competes with ANOTHER arena nearby. I’ve been in Columbus since 1988, and this is just the latest example of how government and business operate together-no matter what voters think. I’m glad Nationwide Arena was built and Arena District is a great asset to downtown, but we can’t keep bailing out private companies over risky investments.

    in reply to: Help finding housing #541660

    sirlancelot
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    You really should try to visit Columbus this summer, stay a few days, and check out housing options. August might be dicey-but if you don’t mind living away from campus, you’ll have more affordable options. Better to know beforehand what your new home is like than be surprised at move-in. OSU has an off-campus housing office that can assist you. They can advise you on laws pertaining to renting, lists of properties, and perhaps advise on which landlords to avoid. I’m sure other CU posters can provide reviews and recommendations of properties, based on your needs and preferences (what you can afford, type of apartment, location, and so on). Good luck.

    in reply to: Teacher fired for being Gay at Bishop Watterson High School #540124

    sirlancelot
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    A couple of thoughts about the Watterson controversy. First, if people stop sending money to this school and pull their kids, the teacher might be re-instated. Second, non-profit religious entities may use religious and moral criteria to select employees. Third, Ohio is an employment-at-will state, and employers may fire workers for any or no reason unless prohibited by law, such as race (enven then there may be exceptions). If people want change, pressure the legislature–good luck on that!

    Why did Watterson hire a non-Catholic to teach, and then continued her employment long after they knew she was a lesbian?

    I’m sure that Watterson and Catholic officials checked with their legal advisors (before the firing). Legal does not always mean intelligent. Did they check with their PR advisors?

    What Watterson should have done (given the circumstances) was allow this teacher to complete her contract, give her an excellent letter of reference and give a big severance package. Many employers do this when handling controveries similar to this.

    That an employer would fire someone because of information revealed in an obituary, an employee whose mother had just died, says much. If I were Catholic, and I had children, Watterson is the last place they would go to school.

    in reply to: Marriage Equality, Same-Sex Marriage & LGBT Equality in Ohio #484226

    sirlancelot
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    Anyone watch the Channel 6 town hall debate on same-sex marriage last night? Interesting that conservative commentator Mark Hyman was the host and the debate was held at that bastion of liberalism called Ohio State. I understand that Sinclair Broadcasting and Channel 6 are not exactly the most gay friendly places. What I don’t understand is why Channel 6 brought in a Liberty University law prof to help represent the conservative view when there are plenty of qualified locals. Comments anyone?

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