Friday, July 20, 2007
Cafferty: A fat America?
"The Cafferty File": Dogfighting outrage?
.Researchers say 75% of American adults will be overweight by 2015. What can be done to prevent that?
Smack the Twinkies out of their hands! You can't expect people to have healthy eating habits when school cafeterias offer fast food and candy. It's simple, Jack. Schools educate our children about science and literature; why can't they educate them about healthy eating too? -Kevin, Ontario
All places in this country that serve food need to go back to portion control. We have too many buffets and too many restaurants that offer dishes for one person that can serve three. We live in a culture of over-indulgence and over-eating... We also need to make gym a daily class from preschool to the end of high school. -Noel
Since obese people cost Medicare much more than the trim types, why not charge extra for Medicare and other health insurance for the fatties? Fair is fair and they might knock off the jumbo bacon burgers. -Bob
Congress and the White House have a perfect solution to 75% of Americans overweight by 2015. Just simply change the definition of overweight and get the commanders in the field to insist they need until 2025 to determine if it worked. -JeffShould the federal government have to reimburse Utah millions of dollars for the cost of educating children of illegal immigrants?
Jack, If we start billing the Mexican government for the cost of health care and education for their citizens illegally squatting in the U.S. a solution might be found sooner rather than later.-Richard, Seattle, Washington
Yes. It's a no-brainer. The federal government created this problem so it owns it. -Marlene, West Palm Beach, Florida
Being that the government has given illegal immigrants a pass into the country they need to reimburse all states that are using money to educate the children of illegal immigrants. The states could be using that money to improve education for legal citizens and legal immigrants. I support Utah. -Shehila, Tampa, Florida
Utah! You want to talk about Texas? -Jane, Georgetown, Texas
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Cafferty: Gruesome dogfighting charges?
"The Cafferty File": Congress on Credit?
.Should Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick be allowed to continue playing professional football while he answers charges of sponsoring dogfights?
If the Atlanta Falcons have no concept of the meaning of compassion toward innocents that cannot protect themselves from cruel, heartless, creeps like Michael Vick, then they should let him continue. There are no excuses, justifications, nor any good reasons to protect this guy. They should cut him loose ASAP! -Patsy, Salado, Texas
Jack, this monster (and I'm being kind here) should be permanently banned from ever playing professional football again. I realize you are innocent until proven guilty, but this isn't Vick's first run in with the law... When federal prosecutors get done with this criminal, Michael Vick is going to find out what a dog-eat-dog world this truly is. -Larry, La Mesa, California
Should the NFL suspend Michael Vick? Yes, and maybe he should be locked in a pen for a few minutes with a pack of angry dogs. -James, Vancouver
From what I've read and seen so far, I believe to a 'reasonable' person, there's enough evidence to evict him from humanity, not to mention, some football team. What a waste of a human being. This whole matter has just made me ill. -Ann, Signal Mountain, Tennessee
I find this man sickening and I'm ashamed of the Atlanta Falcons for not suspending him. He should be in jail along with his cohorts. -Lucy, Tampa, FloridaShould the Clinton presidential library have to release Senator Hillary Clinton's records from her time as first lady?
If Cheney doesn't have to release names (and the names on one list definitely influenced our energy policy), why should Clinton? Talk about a double standard. -Mary, Iowa
Hillary's records from her time as first lady should be made public. After all, as a presidential candidate nothing should be kept secret. That seems to be the standard for everyone else, especially Republicans, so she should be held to the same standard. -Greg, Minneapolis, Minnesota
No, not at all. She was not a government employee or government official. This is just another example of the Far Right wanting to keep digging until they find something. They didn't find anything before, what makes them think they'll find anything now? Smells like persecution to me. If it matters, I'm not a Hillary supporter; I would feel this way if it were any former First Lady. -Elaine, Hollister, Missouri
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Cafferty: Securing the homeland?
"The Cafferty File": GOP picks 'Nobody'?
.What's the best way to give out Homeland Security grants to different cities?
The money should be based on the number of public locations. Terrorists don't care about the area, they care about maximizing casualties. Protect all locations with large crowds equally.-David, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
I believe the money should be given equally to all states. One state is not more important than the other. It doesn't help unite only divide. -W., New York
Jack, I would think the most efficient expenditure of our taxpayers' dollars would to be dismantle the Department Of Homeland Security and fire all who work there and spend the money for border patrols, fences or whatever was required to secure the borders and if there was any left, then spread it among the most endangered cities. However, if any city was considered as a sanctuary for illegal aliens no federal funds would be granted. -Paul, Jerseyville, Illinois
Jack, Why not have the various cities submit their proposals and projected costs? That way the proposals could be reviewed and approved before any monies are spent. I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of the "blank check" method our government seems to employ so often.-Gary, Tiffin, OhioWhat's the significance of the Army training more than a million soldiers how to recognize the symptoms of brain injury and stress disorder?
Over three years too late for my husband, who was neither screened nor warned about PTSD after his 7-month tour in Iraq in charge of dismantling unexploded ordnance. Why are defense contractors not included? -Birgitt, Atlanta, Georgia
This bodes more ill for the military. It means the problem is much worse than we will hear officially acknowledged. Look at the rates of West Pont grads' resignations! Look at the amounts of money paid for enlisting and reenlisting! Look at the missed recruitment goals in recent months! Look at the extensions of Iraq deployments far beyond promised tour duration. -Tom, Lafayette, Louisiana
Should have been done long ago. Plain and simple. If the "Washington Post" had not exposed the flaws in the care of returning vets, one wonders if this would have ever come to be.-Dave, Massachusetts
Jack, It means that the government is finally recognizing that the effects of close combat warfare do not end when the bullets stop flying, and that these great fighters deserve to be treated as humans and not as robots. It's about time! -K.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Cafferty: "Prescription for American suicide"?
"The Cafferty File": McCain cooked?
.What does it mean when a conservative Pittsburgh newspaper owned by a long time Republican supporter calls President Bush’s Iraq policy a "prescription for American suicide" and questions his mental stability?
It means that Bush was correct when he said that he was a "uniter and not a divider." After 6 years, Bush has united the country in opposition to his incompetent and increasingly incomprehensible policies in Iraq. Simply stated, those policies have failed. As the paper's strongly worded views amply illustrate, no one is being fooled anymore. -Steven, Arlington, Virginia
Jack, It means that people who used to rely on the largesse of the Bush administration are now receiving the same kind of treatment the rest of us have been getting for the past six and a half years. At this late date, what else would they think but that Bush has gone nuts, or lost his focus? -Ed, Phoenix, Arizona
It means the country is returning to sanity. -Craig, Springfield, Virginia
If the President could read the tea leaves, or if he could read period, he would know the world, not just Americans have had a belly full of him, and his sick policies. You folks did the kabuki dance to get us into this war, maybe you could at least not drink anymore Kool-Aid from the White House. -Tim
It means that the same ridiculously conservative republicans who voted Bush in for the second term are finally starting to realize that the elevator doesn't stop on all the floors. -Steven, Greensboro, North CarolinaAre "bad driver" fees of up to $3,000 a good idea?
They are trying to do this in New Jersey. The fines are upward of $4,000 and your license gets revoked for 4 months... I think it's total B.S! -Thomas, Jersey City, New Jersey
It's not a rich or poor debate. It's not about the State of Virginia being in need of funds, for whatever purpose. It's about keeping our roads safe. Better yet, making them safer...We're not talking about making parking meters active on Sundays, we're talking about penalizing those who break the law, in a manner which could possibly result in the harm, or death, of others. Make the fines whatever you want. I'll feel safer, not only for myself, but for my loved ones on the road. -Tim, New York
I think the bad driver fees are a good idea. I think it will take some of those bad drivers off the road if they can't pay the fees. I don't understand why if we have speed limits on all our roads and highways, are car makers allowed to make cars that go so fast? -Ricky, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jack, Bad drivers are by their very nature "bad drivers". The rich will continue to drive badly, and the poor and middle class will simply drive badly without a license for failure to pay their fines. -Bryan, Athens, Georgia
Monday, July 16, 2007
Cafferty: The peace broker?
"The Cafferty File": Impeach Bush?
.How successful will Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice be in brokering peace in the Middle East?
I don't think Condi Rice will do anything to succeed. Each time she goes on an overseas trip, it's just to shake hands and smile. And it only lasts for 2 days. She's the worst Secretary of State ever! -Charles, Mississippi
Jack, I know it makes me look like a chauvinist, but a woman does not have the respect a man does in the Muslim world so I don't think she will be able to accomplish much. -Vick, Florida
The Palestinians teach their kindergartners that all Jews must die, and that Christians are the offspring of monkeys and pigs. You can't negotiate a peace with that type of extreme racism.-Dan, Pensacola, Florida
If Bush/Rice are willing to take on AIPAC and pursue a truly balanced approach towards resolving the conflict between Israel and Palestine, there may be a glimmer of hope. However, I am dubious. This administration has demonstrated nothing but obsequiousness and pandering to the Israeli lobby regardless of the consequences to long-term American interests. -Andrew, Paramus, New Jersey
She is a profound disappointment. She has never closed any deal in this job, has not one single success to point to, and does not have the skill level to close anything in the Middle East. A further demonstration of this administration's incompetence. She needs to return to work at Stanford for which she is better prepared. -JoseA former chairman of the Iraq Study Group says he's "extremely doubtful" that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will be able to secure the country and allow American forces to leave any time soon. Is he right?
Even if he was able to secure the country, we won't be leaving as long as they have oil which is what we're really there for. -Olin, Covington, Washington
I don't care. The man said that he doesn't need our help anymore. Therefore let's get out of this country and move on with our lives. -Don, Pottstown, Pennsylvania
If the Iraqi parliament is going on vacation, the troops should also be given a month off in, say, Kuwait or perhaps Dubai. -Ellen, Santa Monica, California