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The Rant

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 12:01 am

The Rant is The News-Sentinel's anonymous sound-off forum. The readers' views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel.

Remember, people, when you use a Forever stamp, you do not need to add a one-cent stamp. Being “forever,” it is already 46 cents.

Bradley Manning (the U.S. Army soldier accused of giving information to WikiLeaks) told us what we deserve to know. Sorry to say, but he's not the one who deserves 20 years in prison. It's everyone in Congress and the bankers who should be in jail.

There is a public nuisance on Broadway — the customers for this nuisance are constantly crossing the street in traffic, creating very hazardous conditions for all.

If Mayor Henry developed the riverbanks, it would actually draw away from the real (center) of downtown, making it more abandoned than it is now. Do you realize how far it is from the baseball stadium north to the river?

When the media report the findings of polls they should say how the question was presented. You can twist a question to get any poll results you want. Example, “Do you believe fewer guns would save lives?” Poll results, “A majority of people believe in gun confiscation.”

Ohio Sen. (Rob) Portman is so typical of Republicans today. Totally against gays until his son comes out. Now that it affects him, he changes his mind. What about all of the families he dissed with his previous views? These guys are a joke.

A recent pro-gay columnist wrote how he helped Boy Scouts get their God and Country award, which illustrates the Scouts' commitment to “be reverent.” Anyone who knows what reverent means would not be discussing sexual behavior at all. Gay or straight.

Why, when parochial schools are successful in team sports like football and basketball, coaches statewide want to throw a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct-recruiting, but when a team is dominant … (as in ) gymnastics you hear nothing.

Mayor Henry wants to raise taxes to pay for more police officers; well, here is a thought. How about installing automated traffic enforcement cameras for all of the red-light runners! Our officers can't be bothered writing tickets. They are too busy dealing with all the gangs in our community.

Why can't school buses have brakes that don't screech? After working for 50 years and getting up every morning to go to work, I can finally sleep in. Now, the school buses wake me up at 6:30 a.m. every morning with their screeching brakes.

Stop blaming President Obama for the sequester. The cuts are mandatory cuts unless Congress (run by the Republicans) can come up with better. They didn't, couldn't and wouldn't.

It's not that Fort Wayne doesn't have enough money for fire and police protection. Mayor (Tom) Henry and City Council just spend the money where they want instead! Then blame property tax cuts … !

I continue to hope this generation of our young that is so impressionable is followed by a generation that more resembles our past. … There is no substitute for actually gathering real information to make an informed decision.

Thanks a lot for stealing my recycling bin. It didn't occur to you that I need it? Please return it.

Several ranters have stated we shouldn't complain about government handouts if we get Medicare or Social Security benefits. Hello? Ever look at your paycheck? That's part of a system every working American pays into, to be used when they retire. If anyone should be reprimanded for taking “free” money, it's Congress!

If a kid chewed his Pop-Tart into the shape of an aborted fetus, would he get suspended from school? Doubtful. But make it look like a gun, and you're in big trouble. Seems that the “controlling” is the real issue.

The only way Republicans win the White House next election is if they realize Democrats will only vote for Gov. (Chris) Christie of New Jersey. (Sarah) Palin, (Marco) Rubio and (Jeb) Bush are not electable. … Have they not learned their lesson yet?

What was CBS thinking to keep holding up the Big Ten Tournament to go back to “of all things” the Conferance USA Tournament? How did they expect the Big Ten game to have any flow? Kind of reminds you of the Heidi game.

I also feel those Ohio boys' parents and coach should be put on trial for raping that girl. They are equally as guilty for not teaching them to respect other human beings and teaching them that they are above the law. Where were these adults when these boys were doing such awful things? Parents need to parent. Teach your children right from wrong.

Tom Crean loses to Bo Ryan as coach of the year in the Big Ten. You gotta be kidding me. Has everyone just gone mad or do they have blinders on? We will see come tournament time.

It's time that the U.S. becomes proactive rather than reactive with North Korea. Is it worth the destruction of San Francisco to finally do something about North Korea? Why do we have to take the first punch? We are tired of turning the other cheek. Nuke them now.

To the ranter about women in the service choosing combat or not. We American men choose to protect our women when they need it but, if women want to fight, let them fight.

Where are the TV commercial volume-control police? The commercials are still loud and overbearing.

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