mark hartless

mark hartless 15 hours, 53 minutes ago on Our View: Human dignity and civil rights

"Widely known symbol of whatever it means"????? Must not be all that "known". Sounds more like widely ASSUMED symbol, to me.


mark hartless 16 hours, 34 minutes ago on Commissioners Corrigan, Monger worry about transportation funding

"Less fortunate" my rear end. 92 million americans 16 and over are OUTSIDE the work force entirely. Not even looking for a job. That doesn't count "unemployed". Then a huge number take the EITC.

Point remains. None of them are a major problem for you... in fact "they do not exist". But me not paying taxes is an unforgettable dilemma...


mark hartless 16 hours, 53 minutes ago on Our View: Human dignity and civil rights

One of the freedoms that has COMPLETELY disappeared in this country is freedom of association.

Absolutely NO force from government would make me bake a cake, serve a meal, or provide any other service to someone I don't want to deal with. I don't care what the law says, the law is wrong. And it's nobody's business WHY I'm refusing to serve them. Because they are black, white, gay, or from Mars. Nobody's business.

It surprises me that anyone would be stupid enough to WANT to eat a cake they FORCED another person to bake... seems pretty clear that the "ingredients" might be suspicious...??

The first amendment should trump anti-discrimination laws, absolutely. But politicians are in the grievance business. They need someone ALWAYS to be offended, someone to "rescue" from some evil thing or person. Pandering and dividing is everything to politicians, and people are stupid enough to buy into it, making them captives of those politicians.


mark hartless 17 hours, 9 minutes ago on Our View: Human dignity and civil rights

No. Can't do that. They already have their assumptions of what a Confederate flag means-- let them use their own idea of what NAMBLA means... and I'd win the bet at a majority of businesses. Like with Wal Mart refusing to bake a Confederate flag cake, but baking an ISIS flag cake last week!


mark hartless 18 hours, 22 minutes ago on Our View: Human dignity and civil rights

I'd bet a confederate flag wearing "customer" in Oregon would be treated worse than a NAMBLA proponent.


mark hartless 21 hours, 44 minutes ago on Melanie L. Sturm: Are Americans still in charge of our lives?

Adam Smith wrote that "There is a great deal of ruin in a nation".

He meant that it takes a lot of mismanagement to doom a nation as firmly established as the USA. Rome wasn't built in a day, nor was is destroyed in one day. But it WAS destroyed.

The America I grew up in is already gone. What used to be a free country has become a mindless parade of meaningless choices.

Alexander the Great once said that the Persians would always be slaves because they did not know the meaning of the word "no".

"More states have perished because of a violation of their mores than from a violation of their laws."-- Montesquieu


mark hartless 22 hours, 53 minutes ago on Letter to the Editor: River our responsibility

Even if it's 1/10th of 1% the effects seem big. Litter sucks and it's totally unnecessary. The fines and penalties should be way higher, but the enforcement and actually catching people in the act is difficult.