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Stroudsburg, PA

Shooting deaths in Newtown CT 20 of which were children

I agree that we have made our schools impotent as far as self protection. I have stated before that I carried my target .22 to school for four years while I shot on PM rifle team. I also carried a pocket knife from the time I was in third grade Ė it was allowed back in the 1950's and 60's. You also never heard of a school shooting back then. The problem with preparing for a tragedy, like Newtown, is that it may never happen again at that location. How do you prepare for an event that should have never happened in the first place? The only people on the scene are the potential victims. It literally only takes seconds/minutes to commit one of these terrible atrocities. So how can you stop and unexpected attack? It does no good to try to negotiate with a perpetrator. You would be dead before the police arrive. It would be best if you had the firepower and training to fight back. Of course; that is hard for an elementary school student. College and HS students would be better off if they were trained to charge the perpetrator throwing books/desk or stabling with pencils/pens and fist. You have to fight aggression with aggression. Cowering in the corner will not save your life. As far as the assault weapon debate: Many will jump on a ban of fully automatic assault weapons; even though the shooter used a semi-automatic. Although it is illegal in PA to use a semi-automatic weapon to hunt; many states do allow their use. The technology has been around for over a hundred years. Even in the military you would not normally use a a weapon on fully automatic unless you were suppressing enemy fire or your lines were being overrun. You loose accuracy with fully automatic. Accuracy is what kills. Our press and politicians will get everything wrong Ė it is all about their ratings and their popularity. By the way fistv; don't forget that we we keep armed guards stationed at our Social Security offices since 911. I know that seniors can get a little feisty. Perhaps if our President did want to improve the safety of our schools; he would take the armed guards out of the government buildings and put them in our schools. More schools have had lethal attacks, since 911, than government offices.  (Dec 18, 2012 | post #77)

Stroudsburg, PA

Obamaphobia

Sorry for the double post. I got a Java script message the first time.  (Aug 17, 2010 | post #22)

Stroudsburg, PA

Obamaphobia

LeftWingLiberal, I am a retired truck driver. But; I do keep my license current. I have worked at several other jobs, including self-employed, over my 63 years. I have only one political motivation. I want to keep my money in my pocket. Then, if somebody is spending my money; I want to know where and why - I probably will not approve. I do not approve of deficit spending. I do give to charity - but I want to choose which ones. I would prefer if we sent our politicians to fight their wars for us - I think we have too many.  (Aug 17, 2010 | post #20)

Stroudsburg, PA

Obamaphobia

Cabin, For a hazmat certification I am also fingerprinted and have to have a complete background check. It also cost me $60 just for them to check. I still have license renewal fees on top of the hazmat endorsement check fees. I am not sympathetic to anybody that says our President was forthcoming on the birth certificate. He carries the means to destroy the world we know. I would hope that anybody, in his position; would undergo more scrutiny than I go through.  (Aug 17, 2010 | post #8)

Stroudsburg, PA

Obamaphobia

LeftWingLiberal, I did not like any of our current and past recent Presidents. However, on the subject of birth certificates; it is an issue with me. I had the same hospital issued birth certificate for over fifty years. Then, because of new regulations after 911; it was no longer accepted to renew my hazmat certification. I had to get a state issued birth certificate. The point I am making is that I am low man on the totem pole. Other than being permitted to haul hazmats around our country; I have no security access to our national secrets. This never should have been an issue. Even before our current President was President; his credentialsí should have been scrutinized. His inauguration did take place after 911. He should have been forthcoming with any pertinent documents.  (Aug 17, 2010 | post #5)

Stroudsburg, PA

What country does obama live in?

oneeye, Yes; "all politics is hometownĒ. But wasnít Al Capone from Chicago? I just want a president and representatives that do what we elect them to do - represent us.  (Aug 15, 2010 | post #57)

Stroudsburg, PA

What country does obama live in?

Was it not Hillary Rodham Clinton that traveled to Colombia or Bolivia and announced that we (the US) will sue Arizona over their new law? Our government did not come to us first and announce their intentions. Possibly; it was because we like to think of ourselves as our government - we like to think that we make a difference. With our Presidentís new remarks about the mosque; he could have kept them to himself. We have many laws against discrimination in our country. We did not need our leader to give a stamp of approval to a controversial project. I think that it was inappropriate. I think that it is long overdue for this administration to come out and back America. What about the little guy - you know; the guy that plays by the rules.  (Aug 15, 2010 | post #54)

Stroudsburg, PA

gas methane

Lotta, I am actually in a position that I could some day benefit from the royalties. However; I have really come to distrust government. I donít like the other states dumping garbage on us. I never wanted legalized gambling. Then they promised tax relief. I still was not in favor of it. All I see are my taxes going up. Can PA use good jobs - of course. How much money stays in this state is another matter. How much energy stays in our state (or even our nation) is another matter. Pocono Manor (not too far from me) got in trouble last year for allowing ATVís on new trails. Their Clean and Green was revoked and they were assessed about $300,000 in back taxes. I presume that any large track of land under our Clean and Green would also face stiff penalties? It sounds as if it could be a win/win for the state coffers - collect back taxes and collect any new tax. I just think that we should look before we leap.  (Aug 14, 2010 | post #20)

Stroudsburg, PA

gas methane

Lotta, I have to argue with you on your point about our state roads being up to it. http://www.poconor ecord.com/apps/pbc s.dll/article?AID= /20100813/NEWS/813 0370/-1/NEWS16 That article that ran in yesterdayís PR talks about state roads. It even includes the 17.5 mile section of I 84 in Pike County. Possibly Snow Hill Road is township? The point of that article is our state is cutting back and will not maintain what they have. Are all your bridges in your township posted with weight and clearance restrictions? From my understanding of this extraction process; heavy trucks first bring in the riggings and then there is a constant hauling of waste (in other heavy trucks). Any new industry has startup problems. We have no funds, from these profits, designated to improve the roads and bridges. Big business will profit and the taxpayers will eventually pick up the tab.  (Aug 14, 2010 | post #16)

Stroudsburg, PA

gas methane

Lotta, I know that this process can bring jobs and money to our area. I am also aware that our energy demands only increase. The gas in water wells is probably an isolated incident? However; I have problems with this industry and our roads. There have been almost a thousand citations issued so far. Many of our bridges have had their weight limits reduced. It was just in the yesterdays paper that our State will not fix our bridges anytime soon - they donít even have the money to post the new weight limits. As a matter of fact; most of our bridges no longer have clearance and weight limit signs. Every time there is an accident on 80 or 380 trucking uses some of these unmarked bridges. I guess what I am saying is that we are not prepared for the new industry.  (Aug 14, 2010 | post #12)

Stroudsburg, PA

Wells running dry?

oneeye, Which is worse; algae and mosquitoes or duck poop? We donít plan on going swimming.  (Aug 13, 2010 | post #90)

Stroudsburg, PA

Wells running dry?

oneeye, I was thinking of taking some of the dirt out. Looks like good dirt for the garden. However; I there are laws that cover touching anything in a pond - especially if you could effect somebody downstream. Anyway; Iíll wait for more rain. It would probably take a good four or more inches to fill it back up. To keep it clean; I throw in our ducks. They keep the algae off (little scum suckers). They also eat mosquitoes and they love gypsy moths (a little added bonus). I just wished that I could teach them to climb trees and grab the moths they canít reach from the ground!  (Aug 13, 2010 | post #88)

Stroudsburg, PA

Lyme warning

Rebecca, fistv, I always heard that turkeys do best when we donít have the heavy spring rains. The young can drown in very heavy downpours? There is supposedly a problem with the fungus on the turkey droppings that is not good for us. It might be a trade off - lyme vs. fungus.  (Aug 13, 2010 | post #10)

Stroudsburg, PA

Crooks steal catalytic converters

Thanks lotta and oneeye, lotta; that was a good link and explains the problem. I still think that there must be some honest scrap yards that turn in suspicious customers. I hope that they catch them - our taxes are too high already.  (Aug 13, 2010 | post #16)

Stroudsburg, PA

Lyme warning

I donít seem to have the problem with ticks that I had twenty years ago. I did not have the wild turkeys around the house back then. Turkeys follow and eat some of the same food that deer eat. It would not surprise me if they do not also eat the ticks. I am also curious if ducks eat ticks? That does not mean that I do not worry about Lyme disease.  (Aug 13, 2010 | post #7)

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