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Gang Signs
Youth pretending to be gang members is no better: I guess things here in NYC are very different and also very familiar, in the end ["Menace to Society," Albert Samaha, feature, 8/8]. What gets me as the most powerful and the most dangerous is this wanna-be attitude. A huge portion of urban youth will have to continuously struggle to find success, and chances are they will never be part of the "real" gangster lifestyle and enjoy all the of the perks that come with the status. This desire to at least acquire the trappings of gang life and then flaunt their "achievements" to neighbors seems to be enough for many, but it also comes with a lifetime of growing resentment when they realize there's no more coming.


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Education's Money Pit
The masterminds of these schemes are troublesome: It's so disturbing that these vicious schemes to defraud hardworking citizens are being created by members of society's elite, who have powerful political and economic connections at the highest level — of both political persuasions ["Predators in the Ivory Tower," Chris Parker, feature, 8/1].


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Intimidating Canines
Unleashed dogs are not just a coyote problem: Coyotes can be very intimidating to dogs and their owners. Perhaps dog owners can understand how unleashed dogs can intimidate children and their parents ["Coyote Ugly," Beth Winegarner, Sucka Free City, 8/1].


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Blog Comments of the Week
Celebrity endorsements run the gamut: Obama has Bill Nye, Romney has Jenna Jameson ["Jenna Jameson, Queen of Porn, Endorses Mitt Romney, Incites Political Discourse," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 8/7]. Nye [says his] concern about the future of science in America is the reason he is for voting for Obama. Jameson: "When you're rich, you want a Republican in office."


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Reader feels justice was served for killing a mountain lion: [Fish and Game Commission President] Dan Richards' poor decision had consequences; no one else is responsible for his choices ["Dan Richards, Happy Cougar-Hunter, Gets Fired From His Post as Fish and Game Chief," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 8/8]. Next time, don't fool with mother nature.


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Another reader sees the situation differently: The guy did something legal in another state, and he did something offensive to simpletons in this state. That is his major crime. Letting predators run wild will kill off the animals they prey on, and it screws up the balance of nature. Guess what? Humans have ruined mother nature's scheme, so the people who blather on about this guy killing some animal have now taken the creationist position on the subject. Creationists and anti-hunters share a common belief: God will organize it all.


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Blog post deserves a new title to ensure political accuracy: The headline should read, "Mr. Romney, acknowledges and recognizes the damage done by his BoHorts, who systematically gutted California's infrastructure, while digging in the pot o' gold with both hands, known as Prop. 13," ["Mitt Romney Trashes California, Comparing Golden State to Financially Screwed Europe," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 8/9].


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