Brendan Spaar 
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Updated on August 12, 2017 at 3:40 PM

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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: “Sewerage & Water Board turbine repaired after fire

This should be titled Liar, Liar Turbines On Fire. I hope that there will be more oversight on the pumping situation now. If the city was shut down after heavy rain, what will they do if a hurricane comes close? Did they learn nothing from Katrina?

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Posted by Brendan Spaar on 08/12/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Commentary: Paging Dr. Cassidy — move on

As a physician, Cassidy should be well aware that people with insurance tend to go to doctors sooner than people with no insurance. We had a family friend that couldn't afford insurance but made just enough that she didn't qualify for Medicaid. She had stomach issues for months but couldn't afford to go to a doctor. Finally, when the pain became unbearable, she went to the emergency room. Tests showed she had advanced stomach cancer. She passed away less than a year later. If she had access to affordable healthcare, things might have had a different ending.
I am fed up with people that are in elected office & vote with their party even when they know there are better options or that doing so isn't the best plan. They should be loyal to the interests of the people in the country that depend on them whether there's an R or a D on their voter registration.

Posted by Brendan Spaar on 08/12/2017 at 3:48 PM

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

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