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What Do You Think?

May 17, 2009

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.

Last week there were three poll questions. The first question was: Should NASA pursue plans to resume sending astronauts to the moon?

"We should go to the moon as practice for the mission to Mars. We need to keep pushing our missions of exploration. Nothing is MORE human."

"The government spends billions on truly stupid things. Space exploration can actually have a positive impact on technology, society and can help the economy ..."


"With what money? We are in debt up to our eyeballs and we want to go to the moon? Then yes, we should. I fully support NASA sending all of Congress to the moon."

"Bottom line is we need a spacecraft to maintain all of the satellites and space stations and communication devices and all of the other 'critical' technologies floating around up there. The moon, Mars, Saturn and Uranus can wait 'til we build a new and improved vessel for our current 'ongoing' missions!"

"I have not heard of any master plan and reason as to why we would even need to do that. How about tackling some of our own problems?"

The second question was: Do you think the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, which brings together politicians, celebrities and journalists, is appropriate?

"Eh, sounds like fun. Washington is too stuck up and politically correct. A few more parties might actually loosen things up (as long as both sides of the aisle are invited!)"

"What is wrong, though, is the fact that the press has a 'love affair' with Republicans, so anything they or his associates say is always interpreted as awesome, yet if a Democrat says something along similar lines, it is always interpreted negatively. It would be refreshing if the press gained back just a little bit of objectivity in their reporting."

"People are tired of politicians wasting valuable time and money, PERIOD!! I could care less IF they party OR who they party with!! Their job is to serve the people they elected!! If their constituents are satisfied with the job they are doing and that they are hobnobbing with liberals in Hollywood and the media, WHY should it matter to anyone else?"

"Nero fiddled while Rome was burning. History does repeat itself."

The third question was: Was Donald Trump right to allow Miss California USA to keep her title despite controversies over "risqu" photographs and her association with a conservative advocacy group for marriage?

"Who cares. She's entitled to her opinion just like everyone else. As for the photos, big deal, you could see her back ... don't they parade these women around in bikinis during the pageant anyway?"

"Isn't the issue about the rules for contestants for Miss USA? She and Donald were on the morning shows this morning. On ABC, Robin told her that one of the rules was no nude or seminude photos, or tell the pageant people about it BEFORE the event so they can make a ruling."

"It is a debatable topic that could have many different outcomes depending who is involved. Mr. Trump's opinion is the only one that mattered. Period."

"The whole idea of well-built young women marching around in revealing bathing suits offends some very modest persons. Showing off your body is a major part of these contests. And what is 'seminude'? Isn't that like 'semipregnant'?"

"USA Beauty contestants all sign a 12-page contract that includes check boxes. As Miss California, she has violated the appearances clause and the partially nude clause by not asking permission on either issue. Too bad Trump doesn't respect this contract like he does with his own contracts with his real estate and buildings business."

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