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What Do You Think?

September 07, 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 three poll questions. The first question was: Do you think John McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate was a good choice?

"I voted yes because it means a Democratic victory in November. Who is she? What experience does she bring? Being a heartbeat away from being president after being a mayor is very, very serious. What foreign policy experience does she have? (Joe) Biden will kill her in the debates. Great choice, McCain!"

"Gov. Palin IS FAR MORE experienced than (Barack Obama) and also has executive decision-making that Obama doesn't. She definitely knows ENERGY issues very, very well. McCain has turned Obama's race card on its head!! Gov. Palin is about opportunity and talent. What a contrast to Obama's pretty speeches, community leadership and a whole lot of EMPTY PROMISES."

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"Honestly now, serving as governor of Alaska is similar to being mayor of Omaha, Nebraska. If safety and security of our country is Senator McCain's strength, he has really blown it with this selection. Commander in chief? I think not, governor. I really cannot imagine her serving as president if Senator McCain's health falters."

"If Obama has enough experience to be the leader of the free world then Palin has 10 times as much for the second in charge. I believe the Dems are jealous because their candidate didn't choose Hillary (Clinton) and the GOP has a woman and they don't. What a brilliant move by John McCain. Although he was never my first pick for the ticket, he is obviously smart enough to know women can make a positive difference in this race, and a REAL conservative at that!"

"As I have yet to decide who to vote for, it is interesting that some people think Gov. Palin has no experience. She, as governor, is the commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard, she knows energy, she is smart enough to align herself with the best people for foreign policy. I do not agree with some of the things she stands for, but I am willing to look at her more closely."

"Everybody is concerned about Obama's experience, but at least if something would happen to him, his vice president is very experienced. What if something would happen to McCain, then where would be? Wise up, people. The man is 72 years old with health problems. Your very lives are at stake. Vote Obama."

The second question was: How did you spend your Labor Day?

"I spent time with a family member who is in a nursing home. Took them for a ride. We talked about old times. Sent a care package to my son in Iraq, including some of the Herald-Mail papers to let him know what is going on at home. Spent time with my family and worked at home catching up with mowing, painting, weeding and preparing for fall."

"I spent some time relaxing at home trying to talk myself out of working on the projects that I've started. But that didn't go well with the wife, so I worked at little at home. Then I prepared food for the picnic/cookout that my wife planned for today at our house."

"I spent the day at a cookout/picnic for my friend who is home for three weeks from Baghdad!"

The third question was: Do you think public school teachers should have the right to strike for better pay or benefits?

"It's strange that many people believe in hocus-pocus religion, or that Americans have God-given rights except one - the right to belong to organized labor. The right to define our working environment is and should be, for all Americans, just like freedom of speech and freedom of religion."

"I agree that they should have the ability to strike, but only as long as there is school choice with a voucher system in place. If they can strike then I want to have the ability to choose where my kids go to school based on what I believe is the best for them. If the teachers want to exercise their 'rights' then I want to exercise my choices."

"There are certain jobs/positions that should not, and in many cases by the court system has ruled, they do not have the ability to strike. Police, fire, nurses and teachers are just a few. They serve the public through taxpayer dollars and therefore have given up their right to strike. They can, however, protest through other legal means to make their points."

"It's very easy for someone who isn't a public school teacher to gripe about them making 'too much money' and that they don't 'do enough.' ... I think that if we weren't paying administrators six-figure salaries, teachers wouldn't feel that they have to essentially walk off the job to get a point across. After you take into account the out-of-pocket expenses for the required 'professional development' they have to do to keep their jobs, the nights, weekends and other hours they log that the average person has no idea of, the level of stress of dealing with people who refuse to discipline their children at home or instill any kind of values in them whatsoever - all for under 40K a year! You're getting a bargain. And I am not a teacher."

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