Living in the red, vol. 7

1. Companies are making record profits and yet continuing to deny loyal, hardworking employees raises or bonuses.  They make net profits in the hundreds of millions yet can’t be bothered to take on new hires… capitalism at its finest.

2. To Jennifer Rubin, RE: “broccoli or human rights?” as written in today’s Roanoke Times… she writes “First lady Michelle Obama’s fondness for food hectoring is annoying in two respects. It is the sort of nannystate nagging that presupposes all of us are incapable of managing our lives and those of our children without the help of our betters, the ones with a White House staff to tend to their garden.  But mostly I object because, next to the pressing issues of the day, this is trivial stuff…” ——- First off, our government presupposes that we need interventions into our eating habits because obviously we do. Have you seen the rates of obesity ravaging our society? It is epidemic amongst our children and apparently, parents do need more guidelines and help in not feeding their children chemicals and crap. Secondly, how you can consider this issue trivial is beyond me. We are talking about the health of our fellow human beings. And many of us do in fact consider health care to be a basic human right.

3. To Richard Raymond, RE: his letter to the Rke Times entitled “homosexual acts, not orientation, offend” —– get over yourself and you asinine prejudices. It’s 2010. Homosexuality is NOT “repugnant.” And it is certainly not “in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.” You alarmist, hateful reaction to the repeal of DADT is abhorrent.

4. To Robert Frydrych, RE: his letter to the Rke Times, “Let’s keep our plastic bags” — Sir, no one is trying to make you use paper bags for groceries. What people would like for you to use are reusable bags which can be made of many materials.  These bags can indeed hold your “gallon of milk, sharp boxes and blister-packed items.”  These bags also have handles so you needn’t worry about crushing your precious “bread or potato chips.” Good god almighty.

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