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February 27, 2013
RE: A LITTLE help? (editorial, Feb. 21). The championing of "universal pre-K" by the left is nothing more than the continuance of pretending that a symptom is the disease, and the cure for it is another nanny-state program. Let us cut to the chase: 40 years ago, part of a generation jettisoned fatherhood and responsible parenting. In their wake was left a new generation of mental invalids, clinging to the desperate absurdity, the hallucinogenic illusion, that government should be tending the light at the end of the tunnel for them.
NEWS
October 16, 2010
The column "Getting in touch with your inner progressive" (Oct. 8) misses or misstates several important points. First, being a conservative does not mean one is an anarchist. Conservatives believe there are many proper roles for the federal government, but they also believe that the federal government has usurped many of the responsibilities of state and local governments. Conservatives do not believe in "stasis"; they believe that the solutions to most of our problems rest with the citizens, not an oppressive federal authority.
NEWS
December 27, 2005
Michael Crane's letter of Dec. 21 asks "Can someone, anyone . . . please show me where in the Constitution does it say that the president has the authority to do whatever he wants regardless of the law?" Let's look inward. This is a federal government that has gone far beyond the scope of power envisioned by our Founding Fathers. Madison, Jefferson and the rest would not recognize the nanny state that exists today as the nation of liberty and freedom from government intrusion they left us. Income taxes, Social Security, Medicare, corporate welfare gone mad, and literally thousands of other unconstitutional programs would make this nation unrecognizable to our founders.
NEWS
March 31, 2016
ISSUE | BIG GOVERNMENT Leave texting alone A bill proposed by New Jersey Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (D., Camden) to outlaw texting while walking once again makes me believe legislators just spin their wheels to justify their salaries and get publicity ("Fine sought for cell use while walking," Saturday). This is the latest in a series of inane laws and bills that require backseat car riders to buckle up, mandate a minimum speed on state highways, would fine drivers for smoking with kids in the car, and would require businesses and homeowners to register security cameras with police.
NEWS
October 21, 2010
One has to admire the vigilance with which the protectors against tyranny operate ("Approaching tyranny of liberals' nanny state," Saturday). They must have been so closely guarding against the evil forces of the federal government that they somehow missed that eight-year stretch where government grew to unprecedented levels and an inherited surplus disappeared faster than one can say, "I want my country back. " The fraud and hypocrisy of these self-identified conservatives would be a joke if it were not so dangerous to this country.
NEWS
June 6, 2012 | Daily News Editorial
WE HAVE problems with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban large-size sugary sodas. But like our beef with Mayor Nutter's attempt to tax sugary drinks back in 2010, our objection is mostly based on practical considerations.   Bloomberg wants to ban the sale of sugary sodas over 16 ounces in restaurants, theaters and other outlets. But anyone wanting a bigger gulp in one sitting merely has to buy two cups of a lesser amount — and we're betting manufacturers are already gearing up production of 15.5-ounce cups.
NEWS
April 24, 2001
Victi-crats keep bashing columnist Michelle Malkin for defending the Bill of Rights. Like trained animals, they spout the left-wing rhetoric advocated by the biased, liberal media. These people think the government is supposed to pay for their health care, their child care, their retirement and their prescription drugs, tell them how to raise their kids, and so on. In other words, they believe in the nanny state as evident in Al Gore getting most of the vote in Philly. Sadly, these people represent a culture of dependency created by liberal Democrats who have made a living by keeping people down.
NEWS
April 19, 2007
JOHN CORZINE, governor of the nanny state of New Jersey, passes all kinds of laws ordering us to wear seatbelts, stop smoking, redistribute our income - but he isn't required to wear his seatbelt in full view of state police (hence his terrible injuries from the regrettable accident). Hillary Clinton, Jesse Jackson and other elites thwart all attempts to enact school vouchers while sending their own children to private schools. Al Gore demands that we cut our energy use while his family consumes 20 times the power of the average homeowner, not to mention his heavy use of private jets and caravans of SUVs, and while his zinc mines are one of Tennessee's worst polluters.
NEWS
June 1, 2012 | Jenice Armstrong
Don't believe everything you read. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial proposal to ban sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in certain venues is a good one. I can understand how people can argue that the ban stomps on personal freedoms. I get the concern about creating a nanny state. But maybe the reason we've created a nanny state is that, well, we actually need a nanny. If you look around, it's become obvious that we, as a nation, can't police ourselves. We are fat. We are getting fatter.
NEWS
November 13, 2010
Turns out Sarah Palin was wrong about something. Hmmm, imagine that. You may have seen the segment of ABC television's Good Morning America program Wednesday where Palin was accusing Pennsylvania of being a "nanny state run amok. " The target of her ire was a "mandate" that would ban all sweets from schools. Rebel that she is, Palin showed her disdain for the purported rule Tuesday by bringing "dozens and dozens of cookies" to students at Plumstead Christian School, where she was giving a speech.
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NEWS
March 31, 2016
ISSUE | BIG GOVERNMENT Leave texting alone A bill proposed by New Jersey Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (D., Camden) to outlaw texting while walking once again makes me believe legislators just spin their wheels to justify their salaries and get publicity ("Fine sought for cell use while walking," Saturday). This is the latest in a series of inane laws and bills that require backseat car riders to buckle up, mandate a minimum speed on state highways, would fine drivers for smoking with kids in the car, and would require businesses and homeowners to register security cameras with police.
NEWS
February 27, 2013
RE: A LITTLE help? (editorial, Feb. 21). The championing of "universal pre-K" by the left is nothing more than the continuance of pretending that a symptom is the disease, and the cure for it is another nanny-state program. Let us cut to the chase: 40 years ago, part of a generation jettisoned fatherhood and responsible parenting. In their wake was left a new generation of mental invalids, clinging to the desperate absurdity, the hallucinogenic illusion, that government should be tending the light at the end of the tunnel for them.
NEWS
June 6, 2012 | Daily News Editorial
WE HAVE problems with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban large-size sugary sodas. But like our beef with Mayor Nutter's attempt to tax sugary drinks back in 2010, our objection is mostly based on practical considerations.   Bloomberg wants to ban the sale of sugary sodas over 16 ounces in restaurants, theaters and other outlets. But anyone wanting a bigger gulp in one sitting merely has to buy two cups of a lesser amount — and we're betting manufacturers are already gearing up production of 15.5-ounce cups.
NEWS
June 1, 2012 | Jenice Armstrong
Don't believe everything you read. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial proposal to ban sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in certain venues is a good one. I can understand how people can argue that the ban stomps on personal freedoms. I get the concern about creating a nanny state. But maybe the reason we've created a nanny state is that, well, we actually need a nanny. If you look around, it's become obvious that we, as a nation, can't police ourselves. We are fat. We are getting fatter.
NEWS
June 1, 2012 | Stu Bykofsky
"I LOVE NEW YORK" is banned. I Hate New York. Thank you, Michael Bloomberg, mayor, noodge and nanny.   It is no longer the balls-out city of my birth. With a stretch of Broadway turned over to chaise lounges, formerly seedy (and exciting) Times Square turned into a Disney theme park for Nebraskans, it's become Paris of North America — except Paris celebrates elected officials publicly embracing their mistresses. Dear Mr. Bloomberg has just opened another front in the Soda Wars — this time a ban on sugar drinks exceeding 16 ounces.
SPORTS
May 5, 2011
MLB considers DUI and the nanny state We don't know what to make of this item inasmuch as we enjoy a brewski now and then, but Major League Baseball wants the ability to discipline players involved in off-the-field cases such as drunken driving. In an interview with Bloomberg Wednesday, MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said: "This will be a topic of negotiations this time around. " That view followed the latest drunken driving arrest of a player: Shin-Soo Choo of the Cleveland Indians, who was picked up Monday in Sheffield Lake, Ohio.
NEWS
February 19, 2011
Let's have a toast: To superfluousness, which the Pennsylvania legislature embodies; to the nanny state, which it perpetuates; and to Prohibition, which it suspects wasn't such a bad idea after all. Hear, hear! The occasion for this celebration is a new bill amending state regulations governing happy hours. No, that's not the half-price well whiskey talking: The state really does have regulations governing happy hours - or, for those wondering how a government lawyer would define them, "the period of time during which a licensee discounts alcoholic beverages.
NEWS
November 13, 2010
Turns out Sarah Palin was wrong about something. Hmmm, imagine that. You may have seen the segment of ABC television's Good Morning America program Wednesday where Palin was accusing Pennsylvania of being a "nanny state run amok. " The target of her ire was a "mandate" that would ban all sweets from schools. Rebel that she is, Palin showed her disdain for the purported rule Tuesday by bringing "dozens and dozens of cookies" to students at Plumstead Christian School, where she was giving a speech.
NEWS
October 21, 2010
One has to admire the vigilance with which the protectors against tyranny operate ("Approaching tyranny of liberals' nanny state," Saturday). They must have been so closely guarding against the evil forces of the federal government that they somehow missed that eight-year stretch where government grew to unprecedented levels and an inherited surplus disappeared faster than one can say, "I want my country back. " The fraud and hypocrisy of these self-identified conservatives would be a joke if it were not so dangerous to this country.
NEWS
October 18, 2010 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
In honor of Teen Driver Safety Week we return to Pennsylvania, where the legislature keeps it legal for a 16-year-old motorist to call for a pizza from behind the wheel. Or send a text message. You'll be stunned to learn that a national safety group gives the state the lowest grade for protecting its people on the roads. The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety rate Pennsylvania a Red Light. That means dangerous. The Advocates, a coalition of consumer, health, and safety organizations as well as automobile insurers, weigh whether states have in place 15 types of laws, including restrictions on handheld cell phones and requirements for motorcycle helmets and seat belts.
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