Brendan Spaar 
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Updated on May 21, 2017 at 8:22 AM

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Re: “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

This was a favorite book when my sister & I were growing up. A great show for the young at heart to share with the young ones.

Posted by Brendan Spaar on 03/19/2015 at 9:38 PM

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Re: “Sen. John Neely Kennedy calls for work requirement for many Medicaid recipients

I fully support those that are capable of working being required to at least make the effort. While the plan might have good intentions, it doesn't address an important fact. Many of the people on Medicaid lack the skills & experience to get a job. There are a lot of issues that need addressing for this plan to work.

Maybe there could be a requirement that if you apply for medicaid you can be required to attend a job training class or assessment. They could work together with the unemployment office to do that & make the applicant submit proof of a job search like is needed to get unemployment benefits. There should also be a job bank that matches these people with job openings.

Not everyone getting assistance wants to live that way forever. Many just don't know how to do anything different. I wonder if Mr Kennedy has spoken to people getting assistance to understand what they really need to break free. Do your homework first & then write a bill.

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Posted by Brendan Spaar on 05/21/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Deacon John Moore: "I'm an entertainer"

Deacon John played at my mother's prom in 1972. She has never forgotten what great music that was. He played a free concert at the Covington Traihead in April & she was able to go. He hadn't lost a bit of his spark & talent. I hope he will continue to share his music & personality for many years to come.

Posted by Brendan Spaar on 05/21/2017 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Commentary: It didn't have to come to this

If removing statues would bring people together or change our perceptions of each other then it would be worth any amount of effort. I don't see anyone's lives changed by the removal of these pieces of metal & concrete. It may be a short term emotional "victory" but I would much rather see time & energy spent on improving the lives of people today & going forward.

Nothing can be done to change what history did to people. What we can do is make sure that the present & future is shaped differently. That means sitting down & making workable plans to clean up neighborhoods, give training & jobs to people & letting everyone feel invested in the success of the city.

I don't approve of slavery but by focusing our energy on the past, we run the risk of enslaving another generation in the chains of poverty & hopelessness. That would be as great or even greater tragedy for all of us.

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Posted by Brendan Spaar on 05/21/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Commentary: Selling out our privacy

The repeal is under S.J.Res. 34. I listened to a good interview about this on NPR. It discussed exactly what this repeal does & how we'll be affected. Here's a link to the story- http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconside…

What this really means is that we'll be paying our ISPs to use the internet & they'll also get paid by selling our info to people that will bombard us with unwanted ads. It would be nice to have had a choice & get some discount from the ISPs for giving up something that they'll profit from.

Posted by Brendan Spaar on 04/20/2017 at 10:26 PM

Re: “The count: number of days U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite will have served since taking office in 2013

I was sorry to see Kenneth Polite shoved out. He was one of the people in the prosecution side of law that was trying to see that justice was served while trying to give people in the system a chance to eventually redeem themselves. A rare thing indeed. What a loss. I hope he will continue to fight for justice.

Posted by Brendan Spaar on 03/26/2017 at 10:37 PM

Re: “"Use your words": Roy Blount Jr. speaks at Tennessee Williams festival

I would have loved to have seen Roy Blount at the festival. He is an excellent storyteller. Maybe it's because he's from Georgia & has combined the Southern charm with the New Orleans spice. Whatever it is, it works. I'll definitely be on the hunt for his books & hope one day to come across him on his wanderings around the city.

Posted by Brendan Spaar on 03/26/2017 at 10:32 PM

Re: “The count: American voters who support the GOP's "American Health Care Act"

You'd think that after 6 years of trying unsuccessfully to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans would have an extraordinary replacement plan ready to go on day 1 of Trump's presidency. What they gave us was a broken down version of Obamacare Light. Maybe they should have remembered the saying, "You never get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression".

Posted by Brendan Spaar on 03/26/2017 at 10:26 PM

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