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What Do You Think?

July 08, 2007

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. 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: When a new gadget like the iPhone comes on the market, what do you do?

"While the iPod is phenomenal, the iPhone's success will come a couple generations from now and it'll need to come down in price about a couple hundred bucks. It would help if our country was wifi equipped like others as well, but apparently our major phone companies don't want that to happen. Bad for business."

"Electronic gadgets eventually go down in price. I don't mind waiting until a reasonable price tag is on this item (iPhone). Take a look at the big screen plasma, LCD widescreen. Prices were over $2,000; today, they are under $2,000."

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"How long before the iPhone also becomes obsolete? It seems like technology becomes obsolete very quickly these days. It truly is amazing what is being done with technology. Before you know it, man will be able to invent technology where you can fake airplanes flying into buildings and where the government could use it to kill thousands of innocent people and then blame it on terrorists."

"I'd like an iPhone, but I wouldn't spend more than $300 for it and it'd have to have more than just 8 gigs. I'll wait."

"Some iPhone info: According to a CNN report, the battery is only good for up to 300 cycles (charges) then you have to send the phone in to Apple for battery replacement. $600 for a phone you have to send in once a year? I'll pass."

"Someone I know actually got an iPhone, and the screen has frozen four times since yesterday. Hmmmm."

"I think it will be interesting to see if more iPhones freeze up like my friend's did. You'd hope such a long-awaited piece of ... technology ... wouldn't do that. Has anyone else heard of problems with the iPhone, or is my friend just technologically impaired?"

"(In) a few years, the prices of the iPhone will come down. Even when they do, I will never buy one. I already have a cell phone and that's good enough for me."

The second question was: Barry Bonds is on the verge of breaking Hank Aaron's Major League home run record. In light of speculation that Bonds has used steroids, how should his feat be treated?

"Don't blame Bonds, blame Bud Selig. Selig is a disgrace to baseball. He never made steroids illegal until records started falling. ... Selig needs to go ... here's a great idea, let's make an exhibition game determine home field for our sport's biggest event ... he is such a loser ... get rid of him now before he destroys the game!!!!"

"I think it should be titled to him, with an asterisk. Also, many other factors have changed in the MLB throughout the years - the distance of the fences, the make of the bats, the bounciness and weight distribution of the balls, brightness of the lights - clearly the players are not the only thing that have been enhanced ... while I think steroid use in major league sports is wrong (as is CLEARLY defined by the MLB), there is still some question as to how the earnings and accomplishments of known users should be treated. Maybe it should depend on whether it was known at the time of the award that the player was using steroids?"

"When I mentioned the difference in bats, fences, etc., I did not mean that players have it 'easier' per se, today, just meant that it is difficult to compare individual careers across the years when the players aren't under the exact same conditions. Anyone who breaks a record is obviously a good player on paper ... but I think that while breaking a record is nice to have on the back of your Topps card, respect for the rules and regulations of the game should also be taken into consideration."

"I, for one, thinks Bonds is a jerk and I hope he doesn't break the record. He has been a jerk to fans and to the media since he was in Pittsburgh. Never cared for anyone but himself. Proof is shown when he decided not to hit in the home run derby, but wants to go to HIS party with a few close friends. ... Name one thing he has done to help promote baseball?? He is out for himself and himself only. A jerk!"

"Bonds, like Sosa, suddenly became men of muscle overnight. Neither of them were men who worked out at all. Suddenly, Sosa is hitting 50-plus homers a year. Then, Sosa takes a year off for no reason and comes back hitting like a kid again. They all lied in front of Congress, especially the guy from St. Louis. ... There should be an investigation now about Bonds so if he does break the record (which he will), they can take it away from him. He deserves nothing!"

"You have to be respected FIRST before an accomplishment is respected. Look at the monstrous differences between the characters of Cal Ripken and Barry Bonds. Cal was never really a big power hitter, but for a shortstop he was. But Cal was never really this super hitter that would drive in run after run or hit home run after home run, but he had TWO very big qualities: He had endurance (he had to, to break the consecutive games record) and he was a TEAM player. Cal could have made TONS more money with another team, but he stayed in Baltimore with his TEAM. Nobody respects Bonds, so they don't care for what he does."

"Unless it's proven beyond a doubt that he used, there's nothing to argue about."

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