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Excellent comments, Al. We all need to remember the past, to prevent these military actions from reoccurring. Remember when we vote, that the old Republican guard, ie. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, plus many others are beating the war drum constantly. Boots on the ground in Syria, Libya and Iran will be repeating the history of failed conflicts. Legislating to destroy peace talks, does the same. We need to ask the question of every person running for office and then vote accordingly.
namvet; I notice that you don't dispute anything in this editorial. Your only comment is that the SOTU was obviously, in your opinion, full of lies.
Many people think teenagers in part-time employment are the only minimum wage earners. The reality is that the average age of minimum-wage workers is 35, the majority of impacted employees work full time, and almost 90 percent are over the age of 20. More than a quarter of minimum wage workers have children and 55 percent are women, even though women make up less than 50 percent of the workforce. The Economic Policy Institute in Washington D.C. estimates that a phased-in increase in the national minimum wage to $10.10 in 2016 would directly or indirectly raise the wages of almost 28 million workers. This would also be sufficient to raise a family of three, with a full-time minimum wage worker, out of poverty.
Igor: How do you explain that our state has the highest minimum wage and our unemployment rate is lower than the national average. These same arguments were made every time our state minimum wage was up for discussion. I'm not sure your theory holds water, however, I'm not an economist.
I read this story a couple of weeks ago and did some research on this man. As the spouse of a retired AF vet, I knew at a glance that much of the story was fabricated and inaccurate. I searched for information on the Col. and found that he had been employed at several endeavors since his retirement. The most glaring falsehood in the story is his $40,000 retirement. Pay Charts (available on line) for a AF Colonel with 30 years, retiring in 2006 show nearly $80,000 a year in retirement pay. He also has full medical coverage, at no cost for himself and his two sons. There are thousands of truly unemployed, homeless vets in the country and this story is a slap in the face to those who are actually struggling to survive. There is no reason for this story to not have been researched thoroughly before it was published by any news organization.
namvet; You, sir are what is known as a Troll. Google for the meaning of Internet or Blog Troll.
Namvet... I was replying to you. You referenced the letter writer's embarrassment; asked if they were legal; and did they need a ride. I notice you didn't answer my inquiry, but that's okay, too.
The map on the site you mention, was produced by the Department of Transportation and the Center for Disease Control. It is not attributed to anyone else, so one can assume that these statistics are genuine.
She didn't say country, she said county and why do you assume that only a non citizen would feel embarrassment regarding the horrific tragedy. Why is the usual first reaction, to insist that a person LEAVE, when they express that concern, from one who loudly defends his right to speak.
Wrong: 2010 stats, show 16 states had a larger number of gun deaths than car accident deaths. Over half are in the west and Washington is one. I would imagine that those stats have only increased since then.
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