What do you think?

May 04, 2009

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on 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: Should the United States take action to ensure the Taliban does not take over Pakistan?

o "Time for other nations to step up and help! If a country becomes a threat to the world, let the world help out! Why should we bear the brunt of money and deaths and injuries to our soldiers? Let other nations solve their own internal strife. What if France and Spain had decided two hundred years ago that England was right and didn't deserve independence? What if in the Civil War. England and France had come to the aid of the Confederacy?"

o "What a mess! First, we go into Iraq and can't manage to get out. We're still looking for the mastermind behind 9/11 in Afghanistan and now Pakistan's in trouble. Just exactly how deep into this ... are we going to get before someone flings us into the briar patch?"


o "There has got to be a policy that would mean our tax dollars were not going to bolster a terrorist state. I seem to recall that before 9/11 that we gave some funding to the Taliban, ostensibly to help them eradicate poppy fields, but really as a way of reaching out to the 'moderates' within the group. That worked out real well, didn't it?"

o "The solution appears to already be taking place from within the Pakistan government has threaten the Taliban and they are withdrawing. We all know this will not last before they get many young men and women to blow themselves up and kill as many innocent men women and children as they can. We need to not be dependent on the Middle East oil, but politicians will not allow that to happen."

The second question was: How are you dealing with the sudden increase in temperatures?

o "I have been sharing my dog's swimming pool, and when he gets out and shakes, he is my sprinkler. Time to get into the pool before my dog. He takes up the space and makes me sit out if I don't hurry."

o "I voted all of the above. A/C and plenty of water and iced tea. Use the grill outside and keep the heat out of the house."

o "I work nights, so for me, it is not that bad. I put a fan on and sleep during the day, drive at night with the windows down, then come home, shower (cool one) and go to bed and start the whole thing over again."

o "All of the above, and as I predicted, we may have thunderstorms tonight. The mornings are still great for walking and mowing. There is no wrong answer or right answer to this question. It depends on toleration of heat and if you have air conditioning or not. If not, hanging at the mall or going to a movie will help cool you off."

o "Record-breaking spring heat wave. Swine flu pandemic. Lord, should I be looking up?"

The third question was: Do you believe the current swine flu outbreak will become a pandemic?

o "I think it will and everyone needs to be vaccinated now, before we all die."

o "It sure looks like it is heading that way. It would be in the country's best interest to start giving the shot to stop it."

o "My question is, what is the mortality rate of the 'pig flu'? The regular flu has a .1 percent mortality rate, which is nowhere near as bad as the bird flu (50 percent-plus mortality rate.) These things are a natural cycle and we are actually well overdue for another pandemic (historically). Personally, I believe the old proverb that says 'a wise man sees danger, and takes refuge.' So when the bird flu was making its first rounds, I went ahead and purchased a biodefense kit for my family (surgical masks, gloves and a good bit of Lysol.) There's no excuse in not being ready for an emergency if we have the means to prepare for it today."

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