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Country Boy
-2 #1359 Country Boy 2012-06-22 16:43
For your information.... the racists don't belong to the KKK anymore. They have been "underground" racists for the last 30 years to allow the "minority" to show their superiority but all we see are more murders, rapes, and stealing in our communities.

I think our stand has been established and we don't need to shout it anymore. The "minority" everyday is proving how they cannot function in society.
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winner
-2 #1360 winner 2012-06-27 18:31
Wish I had more information about the local eleections. I dont know who to really vote for.
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Stopthemadness
0 #1361 Stopthemadness 2012-07-10 01:05
Went to the parade for the fourth and the carnival. Only complaint was that the carnival decided to not sell unlimited ride bracelets on the fourth. People gathered and had a good time.
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pinto colvig
0 #1362 pinto colvig 2012-07-11 23:36
everybody, I'm real sorry I've taken a leave from this message board. I know you all missed me and the immense value my commentary and insight bring to your lives.

A lot has happened since I was last on here, but I won't go on a big diatribe.

Instead, I'll just note how fortunate this country is, Republicans included, that the intrepid, courageous US Supreme Court upheld the will of the people and accepted Obamacare. Now the GOP will talk about repealing it for months, but mark my words, they will never do it or even earnestly try....
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Dr. Data
-1 #1363 Dr. Data 2012-07-22 12:46
Quoting pinto colvig:
everybody, I'm real sorry I've taken a leave from this message board. I know you all missed me and the immense value my commentary and insight bring to your lives.

A lot has happened since I was last on here, but I won't go on a big diatribe.

Instead, I'll just note how fortunate this country is, Republicans included, that the intrepid, courageous US Supreme Court upheld the will of the people and accepted Obamacare. Now the GOP will talk about repealing it for months, but mark my words, they will never do it or even earnestly try....


Don't worry, it won't last since the cost of it will break the country.
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E.W.
+7 #1364 E.W. 2012-08-01 18:50
Our teachers average missing 14 days a year? Maybe the teachers need a truancy officer.
Wonder what the school would do if my kid missed that many days?
[Editor's Note: Look for a story on this in next week's paper.]
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pinto colvig
+1 #1365 pinto colvig 2012-08-03 20:08
Quoting Dr. Data:


Don't worry, it won't last since the cost of it will break the country.


What in my post could possibly indicate that I'm worried about anything??? You are correct: repealing Obamacare would indeed bankrupt this country. But as I said, a repeal will not happen because the GOP is all bark and no bite...
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Stopthemadness
+1 #1366 Stopthemadness 2012-08-05 14:33
I can tell you for a fact E.W. what they would do as one of my children developed asthma a year ago and during that time missed 13 days of school for medical appointments and sick days. After 7 days they start sending threratening letters saying they will notify local authorities that you child is missing to much school. They include the threat of department of children and families as well. After 10 days they make you come into the school and sign a contract saying your child will miss no more school or you will be legally responsible. After 14 days they notify dcf and the police and press neglect charges. So why is it that sick children suffer when teachers get to do it year round and don't lose their jobs.
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E.W.
+2 #1367 E.W. 2012-08-06 00:46
Oh those wonderful political parties!
Republicans will argue being fat is genetics but being gay is a choice.
Democrats think welfare is a career choice and wealthy people are just lucky.
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Firestorm
-3 #1368 Firestorm 2012-08-16 11:15
Ah yes, pinto colvig, the Jews.

They who live like WASPs, vote like blacks, lobby like La Raza, fight like Germans over subpar desert given to them by a God that they mostly no longer worship—and then complain that many don’t like them.

Personally, I envy them, I think my tribe would better withstand the coming apocalypse if we were more like them.

I don't know why liberals are so hung up on the Palis; as for as most rebellious Muslim tribes go, they've got it pretty good—far better than the how the Chechens or the Uighurs are treated. Our friends in Indonesia and Equatorial Guinea do more nasty things in a month than Israel does in a year, but no one seems to mind.

Then again, far less of my tax money goes to Indo and EG...

Obama should give me Hilary's Job: I'll tell both sides they have 15 minutes to resolve their differences before we start painting red crosses on our tanks and planes and have ourselves another crusade.
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Firestorm
-1 #1369 Firestorm 2012-08-16 11:29
Quoting Stopthemadness:
If you really are so slow to pick it up. People here yell from the rooftops that there isn't racism in the area. having the KKK in your back yard says otherwise.

KKK rally= your local FBI/ATF office is having a costume party.

Quoting E.W.:
Oh those wonderful political parties!
Republicans will argue being fat is genetics but being gay is a choice.

If obesity was entirely genetic, the families that carried it wouldn't have survived their first famine.

If homosexuality was entirely a lifestyle decision, those suffering from it wouldn't so often show all the signs associated with mental illness.
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E.W.
+1 #1370 E.W. 2012-08-21 14:12
Another Democrat view

Democrats think killing an unborn baby should be a choice but joining a union should not!
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taxpayer
+8 #1371 taxpayer 2012-08-23 14:16
How stupid does the commissioner think us taxpayers are?
The school raises their millage .13 mill which wll raise $180,000.
The county raises their millage .64 mills to cover a $400,000 cost that If I remember correctly was because they tried to take away a non-profit tax status from a non-profit and lost.
Notice how he doesn't say how much it will raise?
If my caculations are correct the millage will generate almost $900,000 to cover a $400,000 mistake?

Seems a little odd to me! Of course I may be the stupid one I actually voted for him!
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mark max
+3 #1372 mark max 2012-09-05 14:02
Just finished reading the article on the deputies in this county.What the reporter failed to mention was,Our Deputies are one of the lowest paid in the state.They are often left alone on the road with back up 10 to 15 minutes away.Some Deputies have been there for years,have put in 80+ hours per pay period and still do not get paid over time and have yet to see a raise since being hired and have never received any negative disciplinary reports.The Sheriff's budget is about to be cut once again due to the fiasco with the Commissioner and the tax increase.How is this fair to the men and woman who protect the citizens of our county?How are they to continue keeping us safe when they can not afford to keep working to this department?Now the Sheriff is asking where should he make the budget cuts. HE SHOULDN'T! He should be demanding more money to bring the pay up to equal surrounding area's. The Deputies should at least be making more than the managers at McDonalds for goodness sakes!!!
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Firestorm
-2 #1373 Firestorm 2012-09-06 05:55
Pickens County is going to go back to how it looked before the 1980's, with half a dozen deputies and a couple of cruisers in the whole county. A few years thereafter and it'll be much the same, except the cruisers will be traded out for horses. People will either learn to protect themselves or they'll move to somewhere important enough for Big Brother to keep doing it for them.

Smart thing to do would be to see the writing on the wall and start downsizing so that those who choose to stay (and not many will; subsistence farming is hard) won't be bankrupted trying to pay for utilities that'll soon be superfluous anyway. Other public services (schools, water, roads, etc). A controlled descent will be hard, but it beats an overnight crash that leaves us with a county full of unprepared people who have no idea what rural living is really like and probably won't live through the first winter.
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taxpayer
+2 #1374 taxpayer 2012-09-07 14:25
This is in response to Keith Petty's letter to the editor.

He's oppossed to charter schools. Why would anyone be oppossed to better education? Charter schools regularily outperform public schools. Charter schools don't have to follow a "one size fits all" approach. I agree poor public education is not the result of teachers. I think it goes much higher up. Charter schools are held accountable much like private schools are. If public schools are not the problem, as Mr Petty feels, than why not vote in favor of Charter schools. Surely nobody would choose to attend a charter school if it is sub-standard. Personally I'm for school choice and vouchers but maybe this is a step in that direction.
Vote to allow Charter Schools!!!
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taxpayer
+5 #1375 taxpayer 2012-09-07 17:12
RE: Keith Petty letter to the editor

I encourage Mr Petty to look up an article written by Dr. Galen Alessi on school psychologists.
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Guest
+17 #1376 Guest 2012-11-02 14:14
4 years and look around at the mess we are still in. Obama was hired to fix it not pass out blame.

Another 4 years will be about right to finish off this country with this President.

Cletus Tubbs
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Guest
-18 #1377 Guest 2012-11-08 04:37
HA HA HA . Get a clue. People like you are no longer a majority. In fact you are a very small minority. Get used to not seeing a Republican as President. Excluding others or treating them differently because of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual preference, was the downfall of Romney and will continue to be the downfall of the bigots in this country.
Chuck Hendrix
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Guest
+12 #1378 Guest 2012-11-08 21:33
Quoting Guest:
HA HA HA . Get a clue. People like you are no longer a majority. In fact you are a very small minority. Get used to not seeing a Republican as President. Excluding others or treating them differently because of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual preference, was the downfall of Romney and will continue to be the downfall of the bigots in this country.
Chuck Hendrix



Get use to poverty, it is coming to America fast!

Cletus Tubbs
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Guest
+13 #1379 Guest 2012-11-12 02:19
Didn't Romney go out of his way to hire women. He also supported self deportation, something Chuck has supported.
Wonder how much the liberals will like Obama if he bankrupts the US and they no longer get their freebies!
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Guest
+12 #1380 Guest 2012-11-12 15:43
Remember the American Dream. When working hard is what put food on your table, clothed the family, and paid for the house! When anyone could make it on their own if they tried.
NOW over 50% of our nation is living off the hard work of the other 50% and liberals call this progress!!
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Guest
-15 #1381 Guest 2012-11-14 10:01
Don't ya just love those who can't handle the truth. The president won and you people still can't see the world isn't liking your view points. How many other nations did not like Romney as president? How many men women and children said the way you people think is outdated and they won't take it anymore. When are you guys going to wake up and join the rest of the country.
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Guest
-15 #1382 Guest 2012-11-14 16:20
I remember when people knew what they were talking about before making fools of themselves. Who is this mythical 50% living off the hard work of others. Conservatives and the ignorant keep making this claim but they never say who they are. Could it be because they do not exist except on conservative websites, Fox and Limburgers head? You think you know so much? Tell us who this mythical 50 % are? I am willing to bet you can't because they DO NOT exist. The minute you try to show who they are, I will PROVE you are little more than a simple minded sock puppet with a pull string that simply repeats ignorant rhetoric.

Chuck Hendrix
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Guest
-14 #1383 Guest 2012-11-14 17:19
Enlisted Military serving in a combat zone, have no Fed Tax Liability. How are they "lazy living off the hard work of others"?
Senior citizens working part time long after retirement age, to supplement a meager Social Security pension. They have no Federal Income Tax liability because they do not earn enough. How are they "lazy and living off the hard work of others"?
Students attending College full time, while working to try to pay for an education. They have no Federal Tax liability because they do not earn enough. How are they "lazy and living off the hard work of others"?
Disabled people working part-time because they are only capable of working part time but want to feel some sort of self worth and contributing to society. They have no Federal Tax liability because they do not earn enough. How are they "lazy and working off the hard work of others"?

Facts do matter, regardless the "sound bites" the ignorant repeat.

Chuck Hendrix
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Guest
+9 #1384 Guest 2012-11-15 01:50
If you are part of the 50% not paying taxes (excluding deployed military) than you most certainly are benefitting from the 50% that pay. Are they using our roads? Some of that money comes out of our federal taxes. Guess what most colleges receive? Yep you guessed it federal money! 24% of the bottom 50 are on food stamps. Sorry to inform you Chuck but the federal government
Is funded by taxpayers. I know Obama said "they didn't build that" but he was WRONG!
And before you liberals get too cocky take
A look at history.
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Guest
-13 #1385 Guest 2012-11-15 10:38
Just curious here but why is it Pickens county residents are so anti helping when this is supposed to be the bible belt?
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Guest
-9 #1386 Guest 2012-11-15 19:11
#1384 I will say it again. The 50% figure is a myth. People that repeat it as a fact are little more simple minded sock puppets. Try doing some research instead of repeating ignorant rhetoric. I will even give you 2 links from your favorite sources of mis-information Fox and Forbes. Of course you will not read them because you might actually find out the facts and as the republican mantra goes "facts don't matter". What matters is the blinders you wear. The problem with people like you is you think you know more than you actually do.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/09/27/who-is-47-not-paying-taxes/

http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/18/tea-party-ignorant-taxes-opinions-columnists-bruce-bartlett.html?boxes=opinionschannelmostpopular
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Guest
-7 #1387 Guest 2012-11-15 19:28
# 1384 By the way.. Note I place my name on my postings. I am not embarrassed and I most certainly am not intimidated by people lacking in common sense. I research things. I do not repeat something just because it sounds good and I think it will support my position. That is the one constant I have observed on this message board. Research is a foreign word to many of you. I use a multitude of resources for my information and NONE of them are partisan. As a side note. I really do not give a crap if anyone is insulted by my postings either. I abhor ignorance and people that pretend they know what they are talking about to try to influence others when it is obvious they do not. People think repeating nonsense over and over makes it truth. It does not. If you are so sure the nonsense you post is factual, you would put your name to it.

Chuck Hendrix
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Guest
+9 #1388 Guest 2012-11-16 14:27
Quoting Guest:
Just curious here but why is it Pickens county residents are so anti helping when this is supposed to be the bible belt?


It's not about being "anti-helping" it's about being against the government confiscating our money. Pickens County has always struck me as generous and has rallied around "locals" in need!
Since you bring up the bible belt..........s hould we be forced to pay for contraception. If you can't afford contraception you probably shouldn't be having sex!
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Guest
+7 #1389 Guest 2012-11-27 15:40
Quoting Guest:
# 1384 By the way.. Note I place my name on my postings. I am not embarrassed and I most certainly am not intimidated by people lacking in common sense.

Chuck Hendrix


Does anyone really care????

Cletus Tubbs
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Guest
-7 #1390 Guest 2012-11-28 15:52
# 1384 By the way.. Note I place my name on my postings. I am not embarrassed and I most certainly am not intimidated by people lacking in common sense.

Does anyone really care????

Cletus Tubbs

That you have no common sense? I doubt it.

Chuck Hendrix
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NoNameForA Reason
+8 #1391 NoNameForA Reason 2012-11-30 15:48
I would use my real name if there was not any extreme liberals on this board. In all honesty extreme lefties scare me! Go to the jails and see how many more democrats are in jail compared to republicans. Take our most violent cities and see how they vote. I'm just saying.......
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Chuck Hendrix
-9 #1392 Chuck Hendrix 2012-11-30 16:49
NoNameForA Reason 2012-11-30 10:48
I would use my real name if there was not any extreme liberals on this board. In all honesty extreme lefties scare me! Go to the jails and see how many more democrats are in jail compared to republicans. Take our most violent cities and see how they vote. I'm just saying.......

I do not think there is a single liberal, extreme or otherwise that has ever posted anything on this message board. I happen to have different beliefs than most of the people that do post. That does not make me a liberal. I just am not influenced by ignorant rhetoric and actually research instead of repeating what sounds good. Just saying......... .....
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William Padgett
-8 #1393 William Padgett 2012-11-30 20:06
I think if someone is going to be bold enough to express their opinion then they should be bold enough to post their name. Otherwise it could be someone with split personalities talking to themselves.

Thank you Mr. Hendrix for being man enough to stand by your opinion and the public expression thereof.
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Madness
-10 #1394 Madness 2012-12-03 17:20
Quoting NoNameForA Reason:
I would use my real name if there was not any extreme liberals on this board. In all honesty extreme lefties scare me! Go to the jails and see how many more democrats are in jail compared to republicans. Take our most violent cities and see how they vote. I'm just saying.......

Did you ever think that is because Republicans know they are crooks and will do anything to cover another Republicans tracks? Or maybe that those Democrats aren't like most Republicans who have hidden money through tax evasion so can't afford proper representation? Or even better yet that the Attny's here refuse to represent a liberal. Might want to chew on that for awhile. Closed minded bigotry, which by the way the area is filled with scares me.
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NoNameForA Reason
+8 #1395 NoNameForA Reason 2012-12-04 13:55
LOL!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for making my point!
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Richard Wright
0 #1396 Richard Wright 2012-12-04 16:01
Just had a confusing convervation with an aid to our congreesman...I suggested that most, if not all democracts are socialist at best, communist at worst.
IHE AGRRED!!!!!!
I asked when or where ANY repubublican has EVER called then that. He said that he would find out and let me know................

He will not find any instanst where MY congressman or any other republican has ever CALLED any of them a socialist..

I don't like being talked down to.....but that is what he did!!!!


Im think we can do better next election!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!
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Chuck Hendrix
-5 #1397 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-04 17:26
Quoting NoNameForA Reason:
LOL!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for making my point!

The only point that has been made is you have no facts. If you did, you would own them proudly. You would not hide like a troll under a bridge.
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Chuck Hendrix
+2 #1398 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-04 18:34
Quoting Richard Wright:

I asked when or where ANY repubublican has EVER called then that. He said that he would find out and let me know................

He will not find any instanst where MY congressman or any other republican has ever CALLED any of them a socialist..

I don't like being talked down to.....but that is what he did!!!!

Im think we can do better next election!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I think you should Google Rep. Spencer Bachus from Alabama. Also when the 2012 Republican presidential campaign was still competitive, three of the leading candidates – Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann – depicted Obama as a socialist. Mitt Romney, declined to go that far. "I don't use the word `socialist,' or I haven't so far," Romney told CNN. So yes Republicans have called democrats socialists.
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E.W.
+5 #1399 E.W. 2012-12-04 18:55
Quoting Madness:
Or even better yet that the Attny's here refuse to represent a liberal.


I've never even had an attorney ask me what my political views were! Or had one refuse my money!
There may be more to this than he's letting on.
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NoNameForA Reason
+2 #1400 NoNameForA Reason 2012-12-05 14:55
Quoting Chuck Hendrix:
Quoting NoNameForA Reason:
LOL!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for making my point!

The only point that has been made is you have no facts. If you did, you would own them proudly. You would not hide like a troll under a bridge.


......says the Troll from the Chimney!!! LMAO
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NoNameForA Reason
+2 #1401 NoNameForA Reason 2012-12-05 14:56
Quoting Chuck Hendrix:
Quoting Richard Wright:

I asked when or where ANY repubublican has EVER called then that. He said that he would find out and let me know................

He will not find any instanst where MY congressman or any other republican has ever CALLED any of them a socialist..

I don't like being talked down to.....but that is what he did!!!!

Im think we can do better next election!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I think you should Google Rep. Spencer Bachus from Alabama. Also when the 2012 Republican presidential campaign was still competitive, three of the leading candidates – Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann – depicted Obama as a socialist. Mitt Romney, declined to go that far. "I don't use the word `socialist,' or I haven't so far," Romney told CNN. So yes Republicans have called democrats socialists.


If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck......
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Chuck Hendrix
-5 #1402 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-07 16:00
Quoting NoNameForA Reason:
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If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck......


Typical type response from the clueless. Have you ever considered getting an education beyond the fourth grade?
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Chuck Hendrix
-5 #1403 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-07 16:03
Quoting NoNameForA Reason:
Quoting Chuck Hendrix:
Quoting NoNameForA Reason:
LOL!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for making my point!

The only point that has been made is you have no facts. If you did, you would own them proudly. You would not hide like a troll under a bridge.


......says the Troll from the Chimney!!! LMAO
. At least post the whole thing. As I said, I am not intimidated by the clueless. It's Chimney Way, you simple minded sock puppet.
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NoName
+3 #1404 NoName 2012-12-10 15:31
Quoting Chuck Hendrix:
. At least post the whole thing. As I said, I am not intimidated by the clueless. It's Chimney Way, you simple minded sock puppet.

Don't take yourself so seriously. Nobody else does!
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NoName
+5 #1405 NoName 2012-12-11 14:52
Mr H.
okay seriously now. Help me understand why democrats are so oppossed to Right to Work States. IF s are so great would this not be a non-issue. After all Right to Work states are really more about giving people a choice to choose if they want to join or not. Please don't give me the old "it's better for the majority" answer.
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Chuck Hendrix
-3 #1406 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-12 18:17
#1405 Who is opposed to "right to work states"? I do not believe that "laws" that are intended to weaken s are anything but greed based. They have nothing to do with the "right to work". The only intent of these laws is to weaken s so they can not collective bargain for pay rates, vacation, work safety, holidays, health benefits, retirement, equal rights, and a myriad of other items that s have historically addressed and represented for it’s members. There is power in numbers and unity. Try bargaining with an employer on your own when they tell you that they are taking away your health benefits, changing what holidays they will pay you for, changing your work schedule without notice, lowering your pay to "control costs".
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Chuck Hendrix
-4 #1407 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-12 18:19
#1405 (cont) Try bargaining on your own when a work safety concern pops up. The employer will tell you to take a hike. You think limiting the bargaining power s have will accomplish a lot besides lowering the pay scale and increase profit margins? I don't. I think these laws are meant to remove people from work so that someone else can be hired at a lower cost. s are not perfect but they do serve a purpose. They protect the members of the from employers. Do you think that removing bargaining power from a is going to increase the safety of people when first responders (police, fire) no longer have a that represents them as a whole? Do you think that taking away the bargaining power of teachers s is going to make education better? I don't.
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Chuck Hendrix
-4 #1408 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-12 18:19
#1405 (cont) The only thing these "laws" will result in is lower costs, by employing substandard employees that will work for less. These laws will not help to maintain the middle class. It will further erode it. The rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. That is what “I” am opposed to. I don’t speak for other Democrats.
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NoNameForA Reason
+2 #1409 NoNameForA Reason 2012-12-15 21:31
Now as you say you are a man of facts. The facts are that the top ten states with the highest taxes are ALL forced states. The right to work states are doing better economically. And while it is true that workers make more money , this changes when the wages are adjusted according to cost of living. They actually make about the same (actually workers make slightly less).
As for bargaining power making teachers better. The only way to make education better is to introduce competition and get it out of government control. It's been proven time and time again that private schools can do it better and cheaper.
You want to watch s disappear. All that really needs to be done is to make it illegal for s to lobby or give donations to anything political.
Just my opinion.
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NoNameForA Reason
+3 #1410 NoNameForA Reason 2012-12-15 21:35
Sorry I left out workers bringing up safety concerns. I disagree. Companies are so comncerned about frivolous lawsuits that these things are being taken seriously in most cases.
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Chuck Hendrix
-3 #1411 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-19 14:06
You're entitled to your opinion. I do not agree with anything you posted and doubt the validity of your claims about workers making less in wages. If that were factual, nobody especially the employers would be opposed to s now would they? You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
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NoName
+2 #1412 NoName 2012-12-19 14:37
Remember when we heard how Republicans will hurt special needs kids and the elderly. Obamacare was going to lower our premiums and expand healthcare.
Jan 1 2013 we get our new obamacare taxes. (notice how they didn't take effect until after the election)
Tax 1-Obamacare medical device tax. Guess who this gets passed on to!
Tax 2-High medical tax bill. Sorry seniors but guess who this effects most.
Tax 3-Flexible spending account cap. Families of special needs kids often used this to help pay for services!
Tax 4-Surtax on investment income. gotta sneak something in to get the rich.....and people who save.
Tax 5-Medicare payroll tax increase. I think this one pretty much taxes everyone.

So to all of you who helped vote Obama in. Enjoy!!!!
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Chuck Hendrix
-3 #1413 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-19 15:01
In addition you say "The facts are that the top ten states with the highest taxes are all FORCED states". What does that mean? What is a "forced state"? When you are talking about taxes there are many taxes to be considered. Are you talking sales taxes? Property taxes? Income taxes? Or all three? Are you talking about special fuel taxes? You make a claim that is vague at best and misleading and devoid of facts to substantiate such a claim. It is quite apparent this claim is nothing more than an opinion and not a fact. In order to determine tax burden, overall income Per Capita must also be factored in. There are too many variables to be considered for your claim to be even remotely factual.
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Chuck Hendrix
-3 #1414 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-19 15:15
Instead of me pointing out the fallacies in your "claims", I will refer you to people that know what they are talking about. You are making claims that you say are facts however data collection proves otherwise..

http://www.epi.org/publication/average-worker-right-to-work-state/

http://www.epi.org/publication/bp299/

I know it is unlikely you will take the time to read these reports. I have noted that for the most part, people in this area seem to grab onto a talking point they believe supports what they want to believe and refuse to even contemplate much less admit they have been mislead, or plain and simple, admit, they have no idea what they are talking about.
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NoNameForA Reason
+3 #1415 NoNameForA Reason 2012-12-19 17:09
Chuck neither of your links provided for cost of living adjustment.
Here's the kicker....the AFT (american Federation of Teachers ) did the study.
As for taxes you can find numerous reputable articles on the states with the highest taxes. They base it on combined taxes paid as a percentage of income. I actually referred to it as a "forced state" not sure what happened but several words seemed to disappear.
But your a smart man.....please look it up yourself.
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Chuck Hendrix
-3 #1416 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-19 19:25
Quoting NoName:
Remember when we heard how Republicans will hurt special needs kids and the elderly. Obamacare was going to lower our premiums and expand healthcare.
Jan 1 2013 we get our new obamacare taxes. (notice how they didn't take effect until after the election)
Tax 1-Obamacare medical device tax. Guess who this gets passed on to!
Tax 2-High medical tax bill. Sorry seniors but guess who this effects most.
Tax 3-Flexible spending account cap. Families of special needs kids often used this to help pay for services!
Tax 4-Surtax on investment income. gotta sneak something in to get the rich.....and people who save.
Tax 5-Medicare payroll tax increase. I think this one pretty much taxes everyone.

So to all of you who helped vote Obama in. Enjoy!!!!
Gee too bad you are talking to nobody that posts on this message board. Obama did not carry the state of Georgia...Brill iant posting sock puppet.
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Just saying
-1 #1417 Just saying 2012-12-19 19:28
Quoting Chuck Hendrix:
You're entitled to your opinion. I do not agree with anything you posted and doubt the validity of your claims about workers making less in wages. If that were factual, nobody especially the employers would be opposed to s now would they? You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.


"I have noted that for the most part, people in this area seem to grab onto a talking point they believe supports what they want to believe and refuse to even contemplate much less admit they have been mislead, or plain and simple, admit, they have no idea what they are talking about."-Chuck

Anyone else catch the irony!
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Chuck Hendrix
-4 #1418 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-19 20:53
You post a laundry list from Norquists founded “Americans for Tax Reform” and think nobody knows?
1.The Medical Device Tax is on the companies that sells them. Currently companies that make millions in profit are not taxed on those sales. The tax is a whopping 2.3% of gross sales.
2. The Medical Payroll tax only affects those households earning more than $250K a year. The increase goes from 2.9% to 3.8%.
3. High Medical Tax Bill? Currently people can claim a credit of the amount exceeding 7.5% of AGI. This changes to 10.5% before they can claim the credit.
4. The Flexible Spending Account only affects those that are enrolled in a program through work. Currently there is no cap. The cap will be set at $2500
5. Surtax on Investment Income. Again this only affects households earning above $250K. It raises the tax 3.5% from the current rate. Doubt that affects many in Pickens does it?
Any more scare tactics you want to try?
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Chuck Hendrix
-5 #1419 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-19 21:28
Almost forgot. The effective dates of the various provisions of the Affordable Care Act have been in place since it's passage in 2010. The election had nothing to do with the effective date of these provisions although many want to claim it does. Anybody that had bothered to actually read the legislation would know when the various provisions take effect. Instead many people "pretend" they were withheld until the election was over...
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Chuck Hendrix
-6 #1420 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-20 01:10
[quote name="NoNameFor A Reason"]Chuck neither of your links provided for cost of living adjustment.

Bull. You didn't even read the information clearly stated in either link.
"Wages in right-to-work states are 3.2% lower than
those in non-RTW states, after controlling for a full
complement of individual demographic and socioeconomic variables as well as state macroeconomic
indicators. Using the average wage in non-RTW states
as the base ($22.11), the average full-time, full-year
worker in an RTW state makes about $1,500 less
annually than a similar worker in a non-RTW state.

You simply helped to verify what a stated in posting #1414. Even when presented with facts you refuse to acknowledge them. I know the Republican mantra..."Facts don't matter" and "we will not be defined by facts"... You are a good little Republican aren't you? You live by the mantra........
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Syno
-3 #1421 Syno 2012-12-20 03:08
Your Corrupt has been noticed.
We are Anonymous
We are Legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect Us.
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NoName
0 #1422 NoName 2012-12-20 16:03
Chuck
You were right it was adjusted. So add in the average cost of dues and it's less than $100 a month more. It's insignificant.
Since you seem to have missed the point on the new taxes.
The new medical tax is on Gross not Net profit. Who really pays the increase? The patient either through higher insurance premiums or less insurance coverage.
If you don't think the High Medical Tax Bill and Flexible Spending Cap are going to effect people you're not in reality.
These new taxs effect the middle class more than the wealthy.
And please, I doubt you really believe that many of these taxes weren't held off on being implemented until after the election to benefit Obama's re-election.
I like the Republican Mantra statement.
Sorry I'm a libertarian!
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NoName
+2 #1423 NoName 2012-12-20 16:13
Chuck
Now why didn't you address the fact that the states with the highest tax burden are all Forced States.

Is that part of the democratic Mantra??? Never admit when you're wrong?????

Want the top 5 to get you started
Maine, New York, Ohio, Minnesota, Hawaii
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NoName
+3 #1424 NoName 2012-12-20 18:17
Chuck
Can you explain the folowing numbers for me? I'm trying to get onboard with your ization theory and find this confusing.

According to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, right-to-work states (excluding Indiana, which passed a RTW law in early 2012) "were responsible for 72% of all net household job growth across the U.S. from June 2009 through September 2012."


According to Michigan's Mackinac Center, using data taken from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics, private-sector, inflation-adjus ted employee compensation in right-to-work states increased by 12% between 2001 and 2011 compared with just 3% over the same period in forced-ization states.
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NoName
-1 #1425 NoName 2012-12-21 16:28
Is the "U" word that rhymes with onion a bad word now? I notice it keeps getting cut from posts.
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Chuck Hendrix
-1 #1426 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-21 19:08
[quote name="NoName"]Chuck
You were right it was adjusted. So add in the average cost of dues and it's less than $100 a month more. It's insignificant.
Since you seem to have missed the point on the new taxes.
The new medical tax is on Gross not Net profit. Who really pays the increase? The patient either through higher insurance premiums or less insurance coverage.
If you don't think the High Medical Tax Bill and Flexible Spending Cap are going to effect people you're not in reality.
These new taxs effect the middle class more than the wealthy.
And please, I doubt you really believe that many of these taxes weren't held off on being implemented until after the election to benefit Obama's re-election.
I

No the increases were not "held off from being implemented until after the election". They were in the Affordable Health Care Act. I refer you to it. Easy enough to verify by reading it.
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Chuck Hendrix
0 #1427 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-21 19:16
Quoting NoName:
Chuck
Can you explain the folowing numbers for me?
According to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, right-to-work states (excluding Indiana, which passed a RTW law in early 2012) "were responsible for 72% of all net household job growth across the U.S. from June 2009 through September 2012."
According to Michigan's Mackinac Center, using data taken from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics, private-sector, inflation-adjusted employee compensation in right-to-work states increased by 12% between 2001 and 2011 compared with just 3% over the same period in forced-ization states.


Of course I can explain it. The NILRR, By its own admission it is an "anti- organization". Do you expect them to say anything differently?

Macinac is a conservative "free enterprise" support org. Same thing. Do you think they would do differently?
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Chuck Hendrix
+2 #1428 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-21 19:40
#NoName. Have a Merry Christmas. Although continually accused as being a "liberal", I am actually a Moderate that believes in middle of the road policies. Many of my beliefs are contrary to what a lot of Democrats believe. EIC is a sham, compulsory drug testing to receive financial aid needs to happen, tort reform needs to be addressed. My affiliation with Democrats is a philosophical one. People are more important than business. Immigrants are not the problem. Those that exploit them for profit are. People need to be protected from unscrupulous business practices. Taxes should not favor business and the wealthy over the masses. People earning millions no matter how, capital gains or otherwise, shouldn't be taxed at a lower rate than a person busting their backside to put food on a table for a family. I don't care who likes my position on these matters. Most assuredly those that are closed minded pawns of a political party, like life is a football game and only root for the home team
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NoName
+9 #1429 NoName 2012-12-28 22:39
Happy new year Mr Hendrix
You hit on a big point that is probably the one thing politicians have counted on . Party loyalty has caused the dumb masses. I met so many people who can't even give an intelligent answer on why they support their political party!
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Chuck Hendrix
+3 #1430 Chuck Hendrix 2012-12-29 15:00
Quoting NoName:
Happy new year Mr Hendrix
You hit on a big point that is probably the one thing politicians have counted on . Party loyalty has caused the dumb masses. I met so many people who can't even give an intelligent answer on why they support their political party!


Same to you. I hope that people will open their eyes and minds this year and at least try to think instead of just going along with the dogma and rhetoric. It is the only way that things are ever going to get better for the majority instead of a minority of people in this nation.
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Chuck Hendrix
-6 #1431 Chuck Hendrix 2013-01-02 12:09
Unsurprisingly, not a single Republican from Georgia, in the House voted "YES" on resolution 844 last night. They were willing to let taxes raise on everyone to protect the wealthiest and business over the masses. Fortunately there were enough votes cast by both parties that are not self serving toads more interested in re-election than they are the people. Georgia was also one of the few states that was not carried by Obama in the past presidential election. Both the majority of residents and it's elected officials continually show that there is more to things than meets the eye when it comes to how they vote. I wonder what that could be. I do not believe for a second that it is about economics, the deficit, or the budget. Every reputable economist repeatedly said going over the " fiscal cliff" would hurt the economy and likely put our economy back into a recession and eradicate any gains made but it fell on deaf ears when it comes to Georgia's House members. What a surprise....... .
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Chuck Hendrix
-4 #1432 Chuck Hendrix 2013-01-02 21:55
Republicans have a very interesting philosophy about how to win elections. They don't need the liberal vote. They don't need the black vote. They don't need the Latino vote. They don't need anyone who has no income tax liability to vote for them. They don't need the LGBT vote. They don't need the pro-choice vote. They don't need the Muslim vote or the atheist vote. Please, please, continue this philosophy. In a few years the Republican party will be totally insignificant and things will finally start to progress for this nation and her people."Evangel icals" do not waiver, do not bend, please continue on with your mantra and hate for others that do not think or look like you. "Devine" intervention will win Republicans elections. Right?
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OCD
-1 #1433 OCD 2013-01-03 01:50
I'm sorry, but I have to point out an error...I think your story should read "dire straits" instead of "dire straights". Just call me the Spelling and Grammar police. In my personal emails, letters, and texting, I can overlook it. But, a newspaper...I had to "bust" you on it!
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NoName
+5 #1434 NoName 2013-01-03 14:50
Quoting Chuck Hendrix:
Georgia was also one of the few states that was not carried by Obama in the past presidential election.


Obama lost 24 states to Romney. I would not call nearly half a "few". 49% of voters did NOT want Obama.
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NoName
+4 #1435 NoName 2013-01-03 14:59
Chuck
All that happened by avoiding the so called "fiscall cliff" was that the politicians again kicked the can down the road.
Serious cuts need to be made along with the tax increases if the deficit is ever going to get under control. I haven't even looked at how individuals voted on res. 844 and would take an educated guess and say GA was not the only state whose politicians didn't vote yes. Of course I could be wrong.
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Chuck Hendrix
-2 #1436 Chuck Hendrix 2013-01-03 16:11
[quote name="NoName"]Chuck
All that happened by avoiding the so called "fiscall cliff" was that the politicians again kicked the can down the road.

That is your opinion. The tax cuts enacted permanently, will allow people that needed them the most, the poor and those earning less than the wealthy to not have to pay more in taxes. That is a fact. "kicking the can down the road" is rhetoric. Although the temporary payroll deduction (SS 2%) was not continued the lower income tax rates were and were needed by a lot of people just to make ends meet. 98% of citizens got a tax break by passing this bill. Their taxes did not go up. It accomplished a lot more than you claim.
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Chuck Hendrix
+1 #1437 Chuck Hendrix 2013-01-04 12:44
Quoting NoName:
Chuck
I haven't even looked at how individuals voted on res. 844 and would take an educated guess and say GA was not the only state whose politicians didn't vote yes.


You're correct there were a number of states that NO REPUBLICAN voted in favor of the House Resolution, they include Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, as well as Georgia. Do you see a pattern? Also included would be Montana and North Dakota, but they only have one vote for the entire state. To be fair there were a number of mid western states also included that NO REPUBLICAN voted yes on the resolution. The south east was well represented in the "Nay" vote.
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Chuck Hendrix
-2 #1438 Chuck Hendrix 2013-01-04 13:03
Tea Party Caucus is comprised of 60 members. All Republicans. Republicans could have gotten a much more equitable deal in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations if they had cooperated with their own party. But they did not. Instead, they have blocked every attempt to legislate in the House. The caucus is the primary reason every proposal by Boehner in the House has never even made it to the floor. He would not bring any legislation to the floor without first knowing he could get it passed. As a result of this, what was passed by the House was a watered down version of what could have been, with a lot of "pork" that would not have been included if they had the sense to cooperate. Extremism in either direction does not do anyone in this country much good. People should keep that in mind in the next elections. Compromise is not a bad thing, not if progress is to be made for a majority of Americans.
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NoName
+3 #1439 NoName 2013-01-09 12:32
Chuck
so half of the states that didn't vote for Obama in the election also voted against the Fiscall Cliff deal. How many democrats voted against it? So which party is trieing to compromise and which isn't? Making the cuts permanent (i use that term loosely) does help take some uncertainty away which is good for bussiness but how likely are cuts in the budget when we have a president who thinks the government doesn't have a spending problem. Yes i call this kicking the can down the road because it does nothing to balance the budget or even reduce it.
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Chuck Hendrix
-2 #1440 Chuck Hendrix 2013-01-09 14:34
@ "NoName" A total of 16 Democrats voted "nay". The vote was 265-167. 151 Republicans voted "nay" . Of the Democrats, most that voted "nay" were "liberal Democrats", who voted no because they thought $250k should be the cut-off to receive the reduction in income tax rates. Your claim that Obama thinks the Government does not have a spending problem is more of the same bull we hear repeatedly and is total nonsense. Obama has repeatedly stated that cuts in spending as well as increasing revenue is the only way to reduce the budget and spending. Obama was even willing to put SS/Medicare/Med icaid on the table for reform to do that. In 2010 when he and Boehner came up with the "grand plan". Boehner could not get support from his own party to reduce spending by 4 trillion dollars, because Tea Party caucus refused to cooperate. REPUBLICANS are definitely not trying to compromise to answer your question. Boehner's "plan B" Never made it to the floor because the TP'ers would not compromise.
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Chuck Hendrix
-1 #1441 Chuck Hendrix 2013-01-09 14:52
BTW although a lot of people still believe in the "old south", given the rest of the nation has a different perspective on how things should be, "The South WILL NOT Rise Again". Those days are over. The sooner people in the South accept that fact and stop trying to alienate and spew hatred at everyone that is not like you, does not think like you, is not an Evangelical, is from a race other than Caucasian, is not a heterosexual, is not a "war hawk", think "people" are more important than business and profit, the sooner things will get better for a majority instead of a select few. The longer those that support the Republican party hold these prejudices and hatred of others, the longer and more insignificant the Republican party and the south will become. The landscape of this country is changing whether you like it or not. You can be part of the solution or you can remain the problem, but either way, this country is changing, with or without you.
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NoName
+2 #1442 NoName 2013-01-09 15:44
Chuck look at it this way 35% of republicans went against party and supported it. 8% of democrats went against and did not support.

Though to be fair I think both party's have problems compromising!

Still the real problem is not addressed. Cutting the budget.

I do think the political talk is humerous! Democrats claim they cut taxes for the middle class when in reality they increased taxes. Payroll taxes went up and the other taxes stayed the same but were made permanent. Not that republicans don't do the same thing.
The vast majority of voters in this country can't look past their party to see how corrupt both parties are.
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