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  1. There's nothing wrong with the appointment as long as he is the most qualified applicant and his stepfather had no involvement in the decision.
  2. There's nothing wrong with the appointment but the appearance of nepotism is hard to avoid, no matter how clean and above-board the decision making process by council.
  3. It's pure nepotism.
  1. This is overdue action rectifying a wrong. Coach Paterno was incorrectly scapegoated in the Sandusky case.
  2. The vacating of the wins should stand. As assistant coach under Paterno's watch was convicted of sexually abusing children, some of them on campus, and Coach Paterno did not do enough after being given indications there was something wrong being done.
  3. It's OK the wins are being restored, but the gloating by some Penn State supporters does not reflect the values of humility and sportsmanship espoused and taught by Coach Paterno.
  1. It's a great idea and most other states have the gas severance tax, so it's the way to go.
  2. It's the wrong approach. The gas impact fees are benefitting areas, including ours, where the drilling is occurring. The gas severance tax will get sent into the state's General Fund and our area will not benefit from the revenues.
  3. I am OK with the tax if the law is written so that our area will receive the same or greater benefit from natural gas revenues as it does not now and maintain flexibility in how to use those funds.
  1. A reduction in and events portending the defeat of world terrorism.
  2. A thriving American and world economy.
  3. Less division and more action based on bipartisan consensus among political leaders in Washington.
  4. A continuation in the trend of increasing American energy independence, which would reduce the impact of our foreign policy concerns and help the consumer health of all our citizens.
  1. World terrorism that particularly spotlights the American way of life is a greater threat than ever.
  2. Racist tendencies and race relations in this country remain problematic.
  3. Lower gas prices show what can happen when American oil and natural gas production is allowed to thrive.
  4. The November election showed most Americans are unhappy with the policies of the Obama administration the past six years.
  1. It doesn't matter. The new health care law provides coverage to more Americans and that's a good thing, no matter the manner in which it was passed.
  2. It's insulting and indicative of the sort of arrogance that comes with the social engineers and big-government politicos that have been dominating Washington the past six years.
  1. The grand jury courageously made the correct ruling based on the evidence it was given.
  2. It's another example of the racism that still exists in America.
  3. The whole situation has been fueled by politicians and other who make a living out of race-baiting.
  1. No, I am already financially strained from the taxes I pay to the city, county and school district.
  2. Yes, city streets need attention and public safety is the city's biggest issue right now.
  1. It makes no sense, given that the pipeline has passed environmental reviews, has great job-generating capability, would improve the country's energy independence and save costs at the gasoline pump.
  2. It's the correct action, given the environmental threats and disruption to farmlands that the pipeline would cause.
  1. It's the correct action that triggers long-overdue changes in our immigration system.
  2. It creates even more chaos at our borders and within our employment and social service networks.
  3. It's a slap in the face of everyone who has immigrating legally into this country for two centuries.
  4. The better course would have been to wait until the new year, when the president and the new Republican majority in the House and Senate could have negotiated immigration reform, starting with the securing of our borders.
  1. Understandable, given increased costs for prison overcrowding, the heroin problem, pensions, health care and landfill operations.
  2. Disappointing, considering our landfill has been making money for years and it doesn't appear any personnel cuts are planned.
  3. Hopefully not a done deal, and the next month will be spend re-examining what can be done to prevent a tax increase.
  1. Nothing. President Obama is not willing to compromise on his own agenda, which is the wrong direction for the country.
  2. Nothing. The Republican majority is not willing to the meeting President Obama halfway on his policies, make sense.
  3. Plenty. History shows that much program can occur when the president and the House and Senate majorities represent different.
  4. It's hard to tell how much can be accomplished because President Obama's ideas are so far to the left that it will be nearly impossible to gain consensus with the House and Senate, even if the attitude is one of compromise.
  1. No, I wasn't moved by any of the candidates and their promises, which I am skeptical they could keep.
  2. Yes, I believe in the system, and was hopeful my vote would help bring about the government I desire.
  1. Yes, the problem is being heavily overblown and, despite some missteps, I believe the Center for Disease Control will get the situation under control before it mushrooms into an epidemic.
  2. No, the CDC has shown remarkable miscalculations with the monitoring and handling of cases to date, so there's no reason to have confidence they can keep the ebola situation from worsening.
  3. I can forgive some of the mistakes to date, but I don't understand why they don't simply prohibit flights out of South Africa, the point of origin, to this country.
  1. Yes, incumbents become too entrenched in the power and trappings of Washington, become too partisan and lose sight of who they are representing - their constituents.
  2. No, the system is fine the way it is set up. The problem is in its politicized execution, with a Senate majority leader blocking House legislation and a president bad-mouthing rather than working with Congress.
  1. Yes, selective air strikes to weaken the terrorist group's capabilities while enlisting a regional and European coalition is the best approach
  2. No, the only solution is a complete air campaign in Syria and Iraq where ISIS exists, followed by ground troops finishing the job of destroying them before they come after Europe and the United States.
  3. Unfortunately, by making believe ISIS does not exist for the past two years, there is no approach the administration can take. It's too late.
  1. It's about time. The NCAA had no business penalizing current Penn State players and coaches over a child sex abuse scandal because that is a criminal matter best left exclusively to the courts.
  2. The penalities should have remained. Penn State's leaders failed to address adequately, for several years, a sexual predator affiliated with the program and allowed to roam the campus.
  1. Yes, he was too soft in his initial reactions and penalties in the cases, diminishing his belated efforts to handle these critical issues, sullying the league he is supposed to guide.
  2. No, he made his mistakes, but let's give him a chance to execute the changes and policies he plans to implement.
  1. Yes, I vote in every election.
  2. Yes, this particular election is important and has my attention for the offices at state.
  3. No, I have lost faith in my elected officials.
  4. No, I am not intrigued by these races or the candidates involved.


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