Igor 3 months, 3 weeks ago on Missed flight sours Christmas

This sort of thing is scandalous. There are times when rules should be bent and this is one of them. I try to avoid Horizon whenever I can because of the callous way they treat their passengers, especially the young and the elderly.

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Igor 3 months, 3 weeks ago on Look at evidence, not twisted information

The Singleton letter should be posted because if you didn't read the print edition with his letter you really have no idea what Mr. Luckstead is talking about. Perhaps Mr. Singleton exceeded his letter limit, though I doubt it because I always read his letters and those of Dr. Philpot and I can't remember having seen a Singleton letter for quite sometime. Just a suggestion. Seems unfair to publish a comment on a letter that has not been put up on the U.B. website.

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Igor 3 months, 3 weeks ago on Leaders needed to prevent climate change

Nonsense. The temperature of the planet has remained constant for the past 15 years despite all the chicken little predictions by those on the left and despite the fact that we've dumped more CO2 into the atmosphere over that same period than scientists compute has been released since records have been kept.

Collin, you need to read Mr. Singleton's letter and the publications he recommends. The planet has warmed and cooled and warmed and cooled over the eons and some of the warmest times were during the middle ages when there were no coal burning power plants and automobiles and when mankind prospered the most.

I realize that you and your fellow travelers on the left have a strong, often melancholy desire for the radical abolition of liberal democracy and the imposition of a strict authoritarian, socialist system of government where all your needs will be provided by Big Brother. Hopefully you're in the minority.

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Igor 3 months, 3 weeks ago on Throw the progressive bums out

I second Nam Vet. You truly do have a way with words. Great letter! Yes, you’re right about the progressive folks. Most truly are mean-spirited and intolerant. You might also add humorless. I’ve never met one that could take a joke. Just like our president, there’s no compromising with these people. It’s either their way or the highway.

Like most true believers, they refuse to consider the validity of any arguments that challenge their orthodoxies. A perfect example is climate change. If you dare challenge them on the topic they simply declare that “the science is settled” and refuse to even consider any arguments challenging their religious beliefs. And if you disagree with Obama’s agenda then you’re a racist.

Rather than engage in a civilized debate most, though not all, resort to name calling. They seem to believe that by dragging everyone down to the same level we’ll somehow achieve the utopian society of which they dream. When you mention that socialism has never worked anywhere it’s been tried their excuse is always, “Those guys just didn’t do it right.”

Fortunately for them, but unfortunately for the rest of us, they’ve found a new way to impose their draconian will on the rest of us through the environmental movement. Former Czech president Vaclav Klaus warns, “The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism.”

The things that have made our Country great are not all the cynical, counterproductive government programs designed to help the poor, but which, instead, keep them locked in poverty. Rather they’re our Constitution, property rights, the rule of law and entrepreneurship. Be prepared for an onslaught of name calling and criticism from the left. The ones they like to lay on me are “unoriginal” and “hateful.”

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Igor 3 months, 4 weeks ago on Our government spurs questions

The claim that Republicans have no plans is a false assertion spread by the Democrats and simply has no basis in fact. The Republicans have proposed numerous alternatives. http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/08/28/seriously-the-republicans-have-no-health-plan/

As regards the poor and the disadvantaged, Americans give more to charity, per capita and as a percentage of GDP than the citizens of almost all other nations. http://www.forbes.com/2008/12/24/america-philanthropy-income-oped-cx_ee_1226eaves.html

Yes, many presidents besides Obama have lied to the people. George H.W. Bush lied when he said, ”Read my lips, no new taxes. Clinton lied when he when he said, “I did not have sex with that woman . . Miss Lewinski.” And G.W. Bush may have lied lied when he claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

However, we’ve never had a president that repeatedly lies like Mr. Obama. Here are just a few that come to mind. “I will have the most transparent administration in history.” “The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.” “The IRS is not targeting anyone.” “It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.”

I will put an end to the type of politics that ‘breeds division, conflict and cynicism’.” “You didn't build that!” “I will restore trust in government.” “The Cambridge police acted stupidly.” “The public will have two weeks to look at every bill before it comes on for a vote.”

“It's not my red line - it is the world's red line.” “Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.” “We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.” “I am not spying on American citizens.”

“You can keep your family doctor.” “Premiums will be lowered by an average of $2500 per family.” “If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.” “I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi.” “I never knew my uncle from Kenya who was in the country illegally and was arrested for DUI."

But the biggest lie of all: “I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America."

More taxes will not reduce the size of government. The more you give the fools the more they’ll spend on growing government. Government cannot create sustainable jobs. Only the private sector can do that. Every dollar that government saps from the private sector is one less dollar that could be put to work expanding plant and hiring more workers.

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Igor 4 months ago on Forgive fines owed for octopus sign on toy store

We're either a democracy and a nation of laws or we're not. Those that don't like local sign laws should lobby Council to change them.

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Igor 4 months ago on Lawsuit filed in New York Store shooting death

I could not agree more. Given what lawyers charge, it's often cheaper for an insurance company to settle a case than to take it to trial even though the company will likely win. So if it's gonna cost you $30K to litigate a case and you can settle for $20K then you’ve saved the shareholders (and more importantly) the CEOs $10K. An economic waste but, under our current system, a justifiable business decision. And who pays for it? You guessed it. You and I.

Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against people suing for damages. But there are way too many frivolous lawsuits, especially when it comes to medical malpractice. People wonder why the cost of medical care is so high in this country? Easy! It’s because there’s no downside for a lawyer taking a frivolous med mal case because he knows that most of the time the insurance company will roll over and pay up.

We are the only country that has a well developed legal system that doesn’t require the loser to pay the other side’s attorney fees. If we scrapped this system there would be less litigation. Nothing drains us more than frivolous litigation.

And who keeps the system going? Well, you guessed it. It’s the Democrats. The Trial Lawyer organizations give more to Democrat politicians than the unions and Hollywood combined.

And almost every law that passes Congress has a little perquisite built in for the Trial Lawyers, especially in the area of “citizen suits” to enforce our environmental laws. Sue a “polluter” and you can recover thousands, if not millions, in attorney fees.

And who are the polluters? Well, you guessed it! We, the taxpayers! The taxpayers are the ones that take it in the shorts every time a trial lawyer wins another suit on behalf of a bogus “front” environmental organization. Frivolous litigation is sapping our economy like never before, especially when it comes to lawsuits against governmental entities.

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Igor 4 months ago on Lawsuit filed in New York Store shooting death

True enough but if the law allows for noneconomic damages and if there is evidence that Mr. Saul acted inappropriately under the law then it would be wrong to fault the survivors or their lawyers for bringing their lawsuit.

There are no winners in these types of cases. However, as you suggest, the entire tragedy would have been averted were it not for the decedent's attempted burglary.

You raise another interesting question. Will a business owner's or home owner's policy provide a defense and indemnification in a claim involving a shooting?

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Igor 4 months ago on Lawsuit filed in New York Store shooting death

If that's the case then she should have the right to pursue those damages. I apologize to all concerned for my remarks since, if what you say is true, the suit is justified and damages should be awarded if the evidence is sufficient to result in a verdict for the survivors.

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Igor 4 months ago on Lawsuit filed in New York Store shooting death

I agree that this case has nothing to do with race. Anyone who burglarizes a home or a business takes his chances. Makes no difference what his race might be. Chivara was age 22 when he was shot. As Vietnam Vet noted, he had a record as long as your arm.

The suit is for wrongful death. Even if one assumes that John Saul should not have shot, the damages that a jury awards must be based on what Chivara’s likely estate might have been worth at the end of his working life discounted to present value.

If the case does go to trial there’s not an economist in the world that will testify that there are any economic damages and no reputable jury will give Chivara’s survivors a dime. The lawsuit is nonsense.

The U.B. should, as a public service, divulge the name of the pettifogger that filed this crazy lawsuit just so that the unsuspecting public can avoid this attorney.

But Saul's insurance company will probably cough a few grand to make the lawyer go away. The U.S. is the only country in the world that doesn't require the loser to pay the attorney fees. Wanna stop frivolous litigation? Make the looser pay!

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