What Do You Think?

October 01, 2006

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

There were two poll questions last week. The first question was: How has the E. coli spinach alert affected you?

"I've never liked spinach much anyway."

"I love spinach, and I will not give up eating the product just because of some tainted batches. I would switch brands instead."

The second question was: How much would you pay to go to a breakfast fundraiser for a state delegate candidate?

"It's a fundraiser - I get that much. But what in the world could they possibly be serving at a BREAKFAST to make it worth more than $100. Come on, 1,000 bucks for BREAKFAST?? How dumb do they think we are??"


"Not sure whether you are being sarcastic or serious. Just in case it's the latter, the answer is that they're selling influence."

"Along with selling the opportunity for the candidate in question to have a captive audience to further their own agendas. Even if I had $100 to go to such an event, I'd probably pass on going. Politics isn't the best digestive aid out there."

"Apparently, there are at least four people out there with too much money."

"It is a bit much to ask normal, hardworking constituents to put out hard-earned cash to elect someone, but to ask for a mortgage payment or to ask for two months worth of rent for a breakfast is a bit much to ask of people. It is, after all, us little people that are the ones that do most of the voting, so if they wanted us to contribute then ask for a more reasonable amount of maybe $10 to $20."

"I hope the price of the breakfast is included in the donation to the fundraiser because if I paid nothing, I could get a free breakfast (of course there is my time and transportation). What is even worse is the fundraisers for the wannabe county commissioners so they can put more signs around the county so voters know how to spell their names and nothing else."

"It's alright for John Donoghue to meet with his friends and the people that he works with ... but taking money from them is a real problem. Can we say, conflict of interest?"

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