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Opinion

Suburban Life Sound Off: Sept. 4-10

No federal aid for Hurricane Harvey

How would you feel if your neighbor didn't follow building codes or zoning laws and had their home destroyed by a flood and then came to his neighbors expecting them to pay for his reconstruction? Houston has no zoning laws. You can build whatever you want, whereever you want. And in fact, the homes that flooded up to their roofs were built in what are called "dry reservoirs." These are areas that are normally dry but are intended to flood when heavy rains occur. But homes were built there anyway. Texas has no state income tax. Shouldn't they at least have had a tax to build up an emergency fund for natural disaster recovery rather than expecting their neighbors, the 49 other states, to pay for their reconstruction? Global warming is going to bring a steady stream of 500-year storms. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. Stop the insanity!

Soda pop is parents' issue

Another vile TV advertisement! Serious false advertisement. Name one 5-year-old out buying their own pop? Again, parent issue! So the parent is a moron, everyone gets to suffer! ... I will gladly bet against 5-year-olds working and buying pop. This is a parental issue, not a government issue. If government gets involved in this issue, then we become socialists. I am not fat, overweight. I drink pop daily. I get punishe[d] for the moron parents' idiocy? Time I sue the government for discrimination!

In response to 'Who's to blame for Trump's presidency?'

The writer...should be assured that a very large number of the "deplorables" were painfully aware of [Donald] Trump's manifest, numerous and profound deficiencies. However, the alternative was the mendacious and perfidious Hillary [Clinton], replete with the odious Clinton Inc. baggage, ideological acid tests for Supreme Court nominees and long history of ideological vacillation as expedient. Or "comrade" [Bernie] Sanders with his data-challenged economic policies, nebulous and naïve foreign affairs statements, and especially socialist fixations on income distribution and branding people involved in commerce and capital as "immoral." Neither demonstrated any experience or substantial clue about creating economic growth beyond expanding government's footprint and spending. ... Consequently, with faith in three branches of government and the expectation that Trump would include some people of substance in his cabinet, we held our noses and voted for the lesser of evils.   

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