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  • atcoffey 

    I gotta say Aprill, right on baby!

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    Thanks Observer. My main concern is to make the House once again the people's house instead of the wealthy special interests house. Because in every form of government there is a tension between the poles of the presumed prerogatives of those with wealth & power and the will/voice/rights of the people--everyone else. Wealth & power has ruled every non-republican/democratic system of government to their exclusive benefit. It has only been under a republican/democratic system that this hold has been loosened. But now by using the current oligarchic nature of congress and the ability to influence all elections by spreading money around to make the candidates beholden to them, wealth & power threaten in a real way to gain total control of the system and turn the ordinary people into economic slaves.

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    Yes Handyman it is a lot of writing, but Congress has a lot of problems most of which they seem uninterested in solving. So I figure they need extensive guidance that will be difficult for them to dodge.

    And Pat, I like the idea of staggered elections with the House divided in to 3 classes like the Senate. I will think about that.

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    Way to go Goliad Sheriff's Department!

    I have a great deal of appreciation for not only the Goliad Sheriff's department but in particular for our own Sheriff T. Michael O'Conner who is doing a great job along with Victoria Police in dealing with crime in the area.

    And about gangs, yes they are here and they are doing business. They, however, are not stupid enough to put a meth lab in a suburban or use a State Park as their HQ. Most likely the folks who do this kind of stuff are unassociated players, random actors and lone wolf types or possibly wholesalers to the gangs. But if You are an actual gangster and you mess up the way these folks did in the gang and you are dead--or wish you were.

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    Well, I'm around a lot of sick folks in the work of my ministry and most of them have decent healthcare because they are retired and have Medicare with one or more private supplemental policies. But what do you do before you retire? I have been with some folks who I suspect didn't get what they needed because they didn't have insurance and some may have died as a result because they waited around too long to get treatment.

    I'm like you, what real meaning does "...life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness..." have if one has no right to healthcare. If we are truly desirous of being compassionate toward others why would we deny them the right to healthcare?

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    Globalgal,
    I forgot to say the other day that I really appreciated what you had to say about healthcare in places other than the US and specifically South Texas. Your actual experiences in Canada and Spain are a more valuable measure of what a regulated healthcare system looks like than all the libertarian rantings I saw on that particular comment string. I think it is important to get more real perspectives on the issue rather than merely rehashes of Rush, Glenn, Sean & Michael Savage.

    Thanks for an intelligent post.

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    Chris,
    That is an interesting idea. But yes, I can see where that would be a software challenge to create and use.

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    Chris,

    I don't think the problem is that the Advocate removes some posters and not others and that "sure doesn't seem fair, blah, blah, blah, blah."

    The real problem is that so many folks lack any sense of decorum and civility in commenting in these forums. If folks would display some civilized sensibilities when commenting then perhaps they wouldn't get removed.

    One reason I post with my real name is because I have to step back and decide whether I really want to make that loud rude ad hominem attack, or do I want to try and present my argument--or lack thereof in a more acceptable fashion.

    It's so easy to go hog wild when no one knows your name. What others don't know CAN hurt you.

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  • atcoffey 

    Charles once again you have proven that you are best sermon writer in the Victoria Advocate. I appreciate you and your ministry!

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  • atcoffey 

    I guess I am not making myself understood. My fault, my bad. I'm sorry. I do not mean to cast aspersions on the work ethic of the middle class. I know people work hard. I think what I find objectionable about the tenor and tone of the discussion is this assumption that everyone who receives gov't assistance is somehow a deadbeat and does not deserve the help. I know that some don't deserve the help. I'm around a lot of poor people in my ministry. I see a lot of things. And I know a lot of poor people who have worked hard all their lives and for various reasons just can't make it. They aren't trying to keep their heads above water, they're trying to hold their breath in the hope they can get their head above water.

    So, I'm done.

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