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Posted Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at 3:01 PM

How close is the United States to destroying itself by trying to bring democratic governments to people as likely to stomp and burn our flag and hate us as they are to pitching in and helping themselves?

And, how much should our federal government ask us pay for their ventures and nearly bankrupting ourselves by paying for their political ambitions?

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That is a hard question to answer because it would mean we as a nation would not be involved in any of our global agreements. That includes trade, travel and peaceful assembly.

To answer the second question, I agree with NOT paying for any political ambitions of any nation outside of our own. Basically it is like a HUGE good ole boy system.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Tue, Jan 26, 2010, at 7:10 PM

Very close! I believe America has a right to protect itself and citizens here and abroad. We also have a right to protect our allies and our interest overseas. Anything that Americans base their lively hood and freedoms on should be protected. If thats OIL so be it.Maybe the US should start drilling here and use our own resources first. Then stop all of our agricurtual export to other countries. Lets see how long the middle east would feed itself growing food in the sand.

-- Posted by heavenbound on Tue, Jan 26, 2010, at 8:20 PM

Great points, heavenbound.

I think that sometimes people lose sight that a certain percentage of our higher standard of living comes from having interests overseas. We pay less for oil/gas than citizens of other many countries and my opinion is that if it keeps our costs low than do whatever it takes.

Some have demonized the attempts to advance our own interests to the detriment of others. I argue that one country will always be 'first', and it may as well be us.

-- Posted by gottago on Tue, Jan 26, 2010, at 10:14 PM

BTW, anyone have any insights why the 'comment' feature in the news section has been disabled? The comments are great entertainment.

-- Posted by gottago on Tue, Jan 26, 2010, at 10:16 PM

As I understand it,some other papers don't have that feature.

We may not have handled them with enough maturity and insight to earn us an exception to standard operating procedure.

We still have blogs and letters to the editor to make our points.

The policy can always be changed again,if warranted,but we need to remember that,while we have a right to a free press,the opportunity to get our words in print for free is a privilege that has to be reconciled with journalistic professionalism and a duty to the public.

Squelching their readership isn't in their best interests but neither is granting ink and bandwidth to comments that serve no good purpose.

Unfortunately,it can be easier to avoid the issue of policing readers' statements by having no comments on news at all rather than preserve the worthy by letting any and all say whatever they like.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 2:19 AM

Gottago made mention of oil prices above. The monthly U.S. foreign trade deficit is approximately 34 million dollars. Yesterday I received info from Bart Gordon's office that each month the U.S. imports 24 million dollars worth of petroleum. And the Dems won't let us drill. Think about that.

-- Posted by cowener on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 6:19 PM

gottago, here you go: http://www.t-g.com/story/1605792.html

-- Posted by Midnight Rider on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 8:34 PM

Thanks MidnightRider. I posted that last night before they ran the story this morning.

My personal thought was that a 'heads up' a day ot two before would have been nice.

-- Posted by gottago on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 8:49 PM


I think your numbers are very low.

-- Posted by Grit on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 9:13 PM

The goverment......The south was right to rise against tyrany(not over slavery get it right).May God see fit that again a mighty thunder arises to stop this modern day hitler regime that the us goverment has become.Thats true americanism a will to fight for true freedom and rights.OH I WISH I WAS IN DIXIE HURRAY HURRAY FOR DIXIE LAND ILL TAKE MY STAND TO LIVE AND DIE IN DIXIE.Democrocy has already destroyed it's self by making enemies from forcing its ways on the world.Hitler got his *** kicked for doin it.The us goverment and its nosy natures will do the same.

-- Posted by ipledgeallegiancetotheCSA on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 10:39 PM

It needs to pull back to a grass roots level on some things.I should have worded a few things more clearly the goverment is just a goverment its the people who make it up that has issues and interest that they seek to enhance only for personal benefit or whatever the reason may be.It doesnt represent us but more like controls us for its benefit.we are all slaves face it....taxes pay them or suffer in jail and lose everything.support what they want you to or dont and they do it anyways.

-- Posted by ipledgeallegiancetotheCSA on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 10:46 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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