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What Do You Think?

June 29, 2008

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.

Last week, there were two poll questions. The first question was: What steps are you taking to conserve gasoline?

"We are not suffering a gas shortage. We are the victims of corporate greed."

"If people would just slow down 3 to 4 mph, we would save millions of barrels of oil. Even truckers are starting to reduce their speed (somewhat). This is clearly the best option to fight rising fuel costs."

"We are doing most of what you have on here, but then, we always did, except drive slower, 'til now. And now, we can't walk any distance because of disabilities. And car pooling is out because I ... don't get along with most people."

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"I've slowed down and I combine errands so I only go into town once a day. I already have a fuel-efficient car. I would really like to use public transportation, but I live too far out in the country."

"Driving at a slower pace is the only one that makes sense. Public transportation is not available everywhere. Buying a more fuel-efficient vehicle means paying a vehicle payment and a gas payment. I can see why nothing was chosen by so many people. I think that is what the politicians have chosen."

The second question was: Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down a Louisiana law that allowed the execution of people convicted of raping a child?

"No, as I feel anyone who would do this to a child, with all the trauma it will cause them in later life, has no rights at all. In fact, they should be subject to a public stoning."

"Yeah, it sure would be great if we stoned people to death in the streets and made our country more like that of our supposed enemies in the Middle East. It's sad that so many people in our own country think that it would be such a better place if we chopped off people's hands and feet and mutilated and tortured people.If you truly find the notion of a barbaric Dark-Age penal system desirable then perhaps you should move yourself and your Walker, Texas Ranger sense of eye-for-eye justice to Iran or Saudi Arabia. I would personally rather not have that kind of thing here. Unfortunately, it seems that more and more Americans would. I think it would be safe to say that as a whole, the entire human race is probably regressing on the evolutionary timeline."

"I voted no, but what the American people want and what they get are two different things. We allow murderers to serve time and then release them. Why should raping a child be any different? We are not represented anymore. We are slowly being taken over by big government that decides for us because we are not capable of deciding for ourselves. The result is the rise in crime and violence in the U.S. and loss of values and morals. We have more people die from crime each week than those killed or wounded in our war on terror."

"I wonder ... How soon would these people be screaming for the death penalty if it was THEIR child who was so cruelly violated??"

"By doing that to a child, you are robbing them of their innocence, basically scarring them for life. I believe the person who does this to them should lose their life as well. Anyone who has children should support this law 100 percent."

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