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The Vent: April 20

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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012 10:41 am

“I would like to remind everyone out there that George Zimmerman is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

“It’s gotten pretty quiet in regard to the Trayvon Martin case now that George Zimmerman has been charged. I think that was all people wanted, was him to be brought to some kind of justice. Now, he (and Martin’s family) will get his day in court and let the chips fall where they may.”

“Let me see if I have this right: A stay-at-home mom raising five kids who is wealthy, performs hard work and has all the dignity money can buy. A woman raising five kids on welfare, alone, doesn’t perform work and has no dignity. Add food stamps and illness what do you get, a couch potato? A hard life just means you don’t have to buy your dignity.”

“My tax refund covered half my mortgage payment! Yippee!”

“‘Hunger Games’ is a look into the future of America if the Democrats regain the control of Congress.”

“Whether you turn your back on your oath of office in favor of a lobbyist pledge or turn your back on your duties to protect the president favoring the persuasion of a prostitute, the moral fiber of the U.S. government is starting to unravel. It would appear the most difficult part of public service is like being a good parent, setting a good example.”

“Alex Reese’s 4/15/12 article about funding for preschool education fails to note that academic studies on the long-term effects of preschool education show that by the third grade there is no difference in children’s test scores between those who took the preschool classes and those who didn’t. If there were long-term benefits, then arguing over funding might be useful. The article just assumes that any spending on education is helpful. Likewise, ranking states by the amount spent rather than effectiveness of the funding only plays into the hands of those who think more is always better. Sadly, it’s both foolish and wasteful.”

“129 tornados hit the Midwest this past week. Five people were killed, and dozens injured, many seriously. Fellow Americans sobbing and crying over their destroyed homes, their destroyed lives. Where is our president? Where is our First Lady? They are on 2012 “Political Junkets” preaching to the choir of fellow Democrats. Instead of costing the American taxpayer $180,000 an hour to fly around the country on Air Force One, our president should be flying to give aid and comfort to these tornado-devastated Americans.”

“To the Sunday Venter who wishes Jon Beydler not express his opinions in the Trib: I really enjoy reading Jon’s commentaries. He is always right on the money. His ideas are clear and well thought out and his observations are keen and insightful. Personally, I always check the commentaries to see if we are lucky enough to have one of his essays in print. I just wish he would throw his hat into the public arena again. He would have my whole-hearted support.”

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