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6:53 PM, Oct. 4, 2013  |  Comments
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Warning signs

Aaron Alexis, who killed several people in the Navy yard shootings, heard voices, stopping him from sleeping and someone was using microwave technology to harm him. He was arrested for shooting out the tires of a car parked close to his house. The police report said he did it during what he explained was a blackout, fueled by anger.

He was arrested in Georgia in 2008 and Texas in 2010. He was never convicted of anything. He sought mental health treatment from a local VA hospital in Washington. It is illegal for the VA to report his mental health treatment? It was legal for him to buy a police style Remington 870 shotgun.

Should this man own a gun, NRA?

Jerome Bolle


Tipping point

We are fast approaching a tipping point in our American saga and it's not the first, nor the last. The middle class in numbers and wealth is shrinking; as goes the middle class so goes the nation's economy! It's not just shrinking income and wealth, it's the fact that so much is spent on buying cheap foreign goods compensating for lost income, a disastrous spiral not only of lost wealth, but lost employment. We lose wealth and gain unemployment.

One way to stop the spiral could be for all of us to stop buying Chinese goods and telling store managers we want American goods. It could mean putting off purchases, saving the money. One thing we fail to remember, China is a Communist country and the massive profits generated are helping China develop and buy the latest military technology, weapons that could be used against us. Think about it!

Just me?

Ed Hansen


Glad to be back

... and another thing!

I am proud to call Manitowoc my home for many reasons, including the fact that we maintain our properties! I recently went to South Dakota to attend my 50th-year high school class reunion (yes I am that old). Driving around Huron, S.D., I couldn't believe how trashy the yards and homes were. Paint was peeling and grass was 6 inches long with junk cars on the front lawn. No pride! I was glad to get back to Manitowoc to manicured lawns, washed windows and painted siding. We all are proud!

... That's not ridiculous, don't stop it already!

Roy Geigel


Bonus time?

If you take over the family business, and at the end of the year the business is millions of dollars in the red, "don't tell Dad!" Unfortunately for you Dad is watching! And you're probably in trouble, unless the business in question is the U.S. Postal Service. Whew, you're OK, just keep on like you're doing, no problemo.

A few years ago the Postal Service claimed they were $2 million in the red. What they failed to mention at that time was the fact that they paid out $8 million in bonuses to managers. That would be $6 million in the black, pre-bonuses. It was just announced that for 2013, the Postal Service expects to be $ 6 billion to $8 billion in the red. That's nine zeros. How big were the bonuses this year?

Maybe it's time for dad to give someone a time out, or a slap on the wrist, or a kick in the pants, or maybe a bonus!.

Les Graebel


At odds

Rep. Petri is at odds with his constituents on illegal immigrants and expanded background checks for gun buyers. Why? A Justice Department survey found the 93 percent of handgun predators obtained their guns "off-the-record" by stealing them. What criminals fear most is that a victim might be armed.

In 2002, Cenus Bureau data estimates households headed by illegal aliens used $10 billion more government services than they paid in taxes; state and local services are also significant. For the last 40 years the federal government has not enforced our borders and the Senate bill doesn't guarantee a secure border.

Vern Troullier


GOP leaders needed

On the memorable dates of Sept. 24 and 25, 2013, Republican conservatives separated from the Republican establishment. It was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his anti-Obamacare, 21-hour filibuster marathon that divided the true conservatives from the RINOs (Republicans In Name Only). Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, along with Britt Hume (Fox News) and Karl Rove (analyst) have been a detriment to the party.

GOP Senators Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida are members of a group that has established a new Republican leadership. In the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, the Republican establishment advised the candidates to abandon conservative principles, and new leadership is now needed to restore Republican policies.

John Goswitz


What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
579 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
862 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
1025 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
1278 votes

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