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Reflecting on others’ stories

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Some thoughts as we scan other newspapers:

In New Jersey, as reported in the Asbury Park Press and the Newark Star Ledger, there is great speculation about what the defeat of Eric Cantor by a Tea Party candidate in the Virginia Republican primary might mean for Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential hopes.

Paul Mulshine, a Ledger columnist, wonders if Christie’s decision to sign a bill essentially outlawing “gay conversion” therapy, i.e., misguided and essentially bigoted attempts to change the sexual orientation of gay men and women, will hurt him with very conservative primary voters?

There are lots of reasons to disagree with Christie, but this one seems abhorrent. Conversion therapy presupposes that men and women deliberately choose their sexual orientation. Gosh, why not have “straight conversion therapy” and see if folks could be swung away from heterosexuality?

Bob Ingle, writing in the Asbury Park Press, believes Cantor’s problem was his apparent lack of interest in his congressional district.

“Some thought Cantor had lost touch with his district, took re-election for granted, and pursued his personal, ambitious goals for higher office ...” About Christie, he writes, “ … there are those who feel Christie spends more time promoting a possible run for the Republican nomination … than on New Jersey problems.” They aren’t all Democrats, either

Michael Riley, writing under the column titled The Irreverent Reverend, said that regardless of how the Bowe Bergdahl saga turns out, we should all heap praise upon his father for standing behind him. Referring to Robert Bergdahl’s use of an Islamic phrase, translated to “In the name of Allah, the merciful, the compassionate,” he takes to task Americans who are “Unduly suspicious of any American who speaks more than one language. This seems strange given the fact that many of the English-only ilk are barely fluent in English.”

Playing off Riley’s comment, listening to various sports pundits it becomes apparent that far too many people can not speak plainly and clearly. Are they trying to sound cool, or is it simply that they can’t speak well? If the latter is the case, why are they on television?

Great stories out of New York about allegations that women working in a Manhattan strip club spiking the drinks of patrons and then running up huge bar tabs on the victims’ dime. Only it was usually much more than a dime. One New Jersey doctor was charged $135,000 and the CEO of Savvis, Inc., was hit with a $241,000 bar bill. That’s a lot of … what?

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