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What Do You Think?

September 22, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Friday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Do you agree with the decision by both houses of Congress to deny federal funding for ACORN?

  • "It's about time. How much voter fraud, housing fraud and just all-around trouble can one group get into before it's not OK? I think the tapes that recently surfaced show without a shadow of a doubt that these (actions) are not isolated incidents."

  • "There is reason to question the ACORN group due to the increasing number of apparent screw-ups they have made. A thorough investigation is warranted and appropriate action taken when appropriate."

  • "I agree with the decision of ACORN losing funds due to the recent story of the prostitution impersonation scenerio related to tax evasion. I do believe, as with any nonprofit, politician or community group, ACORN started out as a good advocate for the disenfranchised and then got corrupted by the drive to make an image. Intentions are balanced and reasonable, then some stray from the core message, get a little too comfortable cutting corners or believe they are bigger than the message."

  • "I believe that defunding ACORN is a good start, but how much is just window dressing or just an attempt by Congress to throw a bone to the American people? Is Congress really concerned with eliminating corruption? The problem is not just ACORN, it's the whole system that has lost its bearings. Honor and integrity have taken a back seat to political expediency."

  • "A resolution to un-fund ACORN is just a panacea to public anger. What is really needed is to pierce the veil and go after the men and women who control what ACORN does and get rid of them. Theirs is not a capital offense, though it does as much damage as perpetration of a capital offense."

  • "Go after them. That's fine. But is the evidence going to hold up or will ACORN take us for more bucks in lawsuits? Congress couldn't investigate its own screw-ups, let alone others. If they do as well as they have done with health care and the economy, ACORN will have a Cabinet position before this is over."

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