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Posted on January 8 at 4:53 p.m.

With all due respect, Mr. Fina, I'll give up my right to own and carry a gun when all of the criminals, police and military agree to give up theirs. I don't feel safer knowing the DHS is buying 450 million rounds of ammunition and President Obama is signing the NDAA 2013 which allows for indefinite military detention, in violation of the 5th Amendment.

The 2nd Amendment is not about hunting and police cannot adequately protect the citizenry. You seem like a reasoned and educated person, so I would expect that you respect the knowledge and wisdom of our Country's forefathers:

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” -Thomas Jefferson.

"What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms." -Thomas Jefferson

"The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside … Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them." -Thomas Paine

On On Guns and Safety

Posted on September 10 at 8:55 a.m.

Winner by TKO...Italiansurg!

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Posted on September 10 at 8:49 a.m.

Both headlines are somewhat misleading and not-so-subtly hint at the Indy's political position.

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Posted on June 29 at 8:32 a.m.

Where there is demand, there will be supply.

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Posted on June 20 at 8:06 a.m.

Did I follow this correctly that the criminal is one of the kids that was locked in the cage by the crazy mom several years back or did I miss something?

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Posted on June 16 at 4:43 p.m.

Just to clarify: A triple net (NNN) lease is where the tenant pays a base rent PLUS their share (based in relative square footage) of the property taxes, property insurance, and other operating expenses. When the rent is quoted it is net of these three expenses-hence the term triple net.

Opening a retail store is a big commitment. Getting a space ready to open takes a lot of time and money. Architects, designers, contractors...The City needs plans, permits, inspections, business licenses, hiring staff, obtaining insurance etc. It can easily cost $50-$100 per square foot to build out a retail location. Retailers are hesitant to risk a lot of capital right now and cover the improvement costs on their own. For the same reasons, landlords are hesitant to cover these costs in fear of the tenant closing shop in six months and never getting repaid via long term rental income. Only the heavily funded national retailers can afford to play the game right now. Kudos to the few locals that have made it work lately. The good citizens of SB should do what they can to support you.

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Posted on June 9 at 11:38 a.m.

Back when we owned a retail business down town, Myron would constantly ask for $5 for a bus ticket because he lost his wallet and so he could "get back home". The first time I actually gave him some money. Then the next time he asked, I politely said "no", logging in my head that it was the same guy. The next three or four times I became increasingly frustrated. I thought-doesn't he realize he's given me the same BS story before? He would camp out in the Victoria Court parking lot and barrage people coming and going in front of our store. I finally told him that if he ever spoke to me again I'd immediately call the police. Maybe he finally gave up on dreams of a bus ticket and decided rather on a crack-fueled bike ride "back home"...sadly he only made it as far as San Pascual St.

Myron is not a victim of the war on drugs. He is a victim of his own decision to use drugs. I do feel sad for him.

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Posted on April 18 at 10:29 a.m.

My wife and I started using Local Harvest Delivery and we love it. If more people did the same around the country it would make a difference.

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Posted on April 14 at 11:37 a.m.

If "we're not that special" then what's the big deal with impersonating? Sounds like Dudley thinks all men are interchangeable, which severely undermines her legal position.

On DA Dudley Sponsors New Rape-By-Impersonation Bill

Posted on April 11 at 4:28 p.m.

EZK-Sorry, I meant Income Taxes, not payroll taxes. I'm in the 25% federal income bracket. I do usually get a return because a lot of my income is commission, which the Govt. taxes at 46% up front. Nice.

SezMe-Point taken on the Estate Tax...but maybe you can concede my point on the other taxes?

If the Govt. was an efficient and responsible entity with measurable standards and reportable results that was truly accountable to the populace, I'd be happy to give them my money. Sadly, that is not the case.

On Raise My Taxes—Please!

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