Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-YOU; Rants & Raves Dire Forecasts Sometimes Go Overboard

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-YOU; Rants & Raves Dire Forecasts Sometimes Go Overboard

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I live in Jacksonville Beach and my rant is on the Florida population forecast for 2050. They talk as if there are going to be so many people here, we won't be able to support them all. I was reminded of The Population Bomb by Paul Ehrlich. The author said that by the year 2000, we would be starving in the streets with worldwide famine and people stacked on top of each other. Of course, that didn't happen, but it made for good print. I think we tend to overexaggerate things.


I read the message "Public buys the lies." We aren't going to war with Iran because of the insurgents; we're going because they're making nuclear bombs. So please, take off your shades, get on a plane and move to Iran if you're so worried about it.


To the ranter who said they can't discipline their child because they can't spank them: There are many other ways to discipline a child. Perhaps you should take a parenting class.


I agree wholeheartedly with the parent who says laws today will not allow parents to punish children. I personally never spanked or hit mine, but today there is no "go to your room" or "you're grounded," etc. Kids as young as 7 or 8 remind you that they can, and will, call child protection and tell lies, which will be accepted as truth. It happens.


The new financial coverage is lacking. A lot of people depend on the stock market to see exactly where their retirement and their future is going. LifePoint Hospital happens to be one of my personal ones. There are many people in Putnam County employed there. We like to see what our stocks are doing.


I was appalled in reading Sunday's Lifestyle section, "it's all about fur" for dressing this season. Millions of animals suffer incredibly while slowly dying in metal traps or in filthy cages exposed to the cold. …

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