John Donegan 
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Re: “Your tax dollars at work

Perhaps the Shredder ought to look at the AG rent issue from another angle. Giving someone below-market rent is effectively a gift. Do taxpayers really want to use the public treasury to make gifts to lucky beneficiaries? What if the lucky beneficiaries are friends or donors of officials? How should we choose who gets this sweet deal? I can easily see outraged editorials and charges of corruption arising out of the selection process.

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Posted by John Donegan on 02/06/2020 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Keystone cops?

A big difference between cops and mailer carriers is the fact that the mail carrier can decline to go in the yard, and can make the homeowner either secure their dog, or pick up their mail at the post office. I would guess that the public would be unhappy if cops just did a drive by and investigated a reported burglary from the curb. "Ah, chief, I asked the dog and he says he didn't see nothing, so I went for donuts...."

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Posted by John Donegan on 01/16/2020 at 10:02 AM

Re: “People at their best

Trump is at fault for the high price of beer? The monster!

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Posted by John Donegan on 01/09/2020 at 8:54 AM

Re: “A message to the boomers

I hope you will excuse me if I am unimpressed by a teenager's ability to memorize and recite the information created by others, without having a deeper understanding of it . We already have Google for that.

The cynical use of a child as a supposedly unimpeachable source of scientific information just confirms the skepticism that many conservatives have towards the advocates of anthropogenic climate change. It has become clear that the climate change agenda has become driven by "belief" and "feelings", which override the scientific data. Anthropogenic climate change probably does in fact exist, at least to a degree, but if you want to convince conservatives, you will have to offer something more substantive than trotting out an emotionally overwrought child as "proof". We all have observed the young, and have noticed that their adolescent emotional displays are seldom a convincing substitute for reason and scientific proof.

In fact, I didn't myself become skeptical of climate change until I noticed the left's insistence on branding all skeptics as "deniers", despite the fact that ALL scientific theories should be subject to challenge. By labeling challengers as "deniers", a term previously only applied to Holocaust deniers, it is clear that they were attempting to equate climate skeptics with an unhinged hate group in an effort to suppress challenges. The stridency of the left's reaction to challenges, as well as the fact that the "cures" demanded all involve massive taxes and allowing the government to assume even more control of the business and manufacturing world, suggests that there is another agenda present .

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Posted by John Donegan on 12/30/2019 at 3:19 PM

Re: “'OK Boomer'

Ian Tanner's response is making my point about a solution being obvious only when you don't fully understand the probem. The concern about climate change is in conflict with the demand to build more housing,and to admit more immigrants. Building housing creates a lot of carbon, both in construction and manufacturing materials. It also eliminates the planted open space which generates oxygen and reduces carbon. Admitting more immigrants creates a need for even more housing, as well as creating newly monied consumers who are going to buy and drive cars, buy appliances, heat and cool their homes, and otherwise behave like the rest of the consuming society. Which will it be?

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Posted by John Donegan on 12/20/2019 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Boomer knows best

Those of us who remember the singer Donovan and the song"Mellow Yellow" will recall that we Boomers smoked banana.

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Posted by John Donegan on 12/14/2019 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Reality check

How, exactly, are demands on services like school, fire, police and social services attributable to the landlord, and not to the tenants themselves? Are you suggesting that landlords should never rent to poor people because they have additional needs which will burden services? Regardless of the condition of a property, the needs of the tenants are going to be the same, and a proposal to exile the poor from town is unlikely to play well with most people and community groups.

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Posted by John Donegan on 12/12/2019 at 11:18 AM

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