Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 24, 2013

Crime, Congress, meth, more

A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week and this week:

On an AP story about someone attacking a child operating a lemonade stand with urine-filled balloons:

• Terrible. People can be such animals — Gen B.

• What a scumbag! Sounds like a damn kook! — Eric J.

• How sick — Lynn C.

• People are so crazy these days. It’s sad — Theresa T.

On a poll question asking readers to rate the performance of Congress:

• What Congress? They haven’t done their job in years! — Susan Y.

• The worse Congress we’ve ever had — Tony B.

On the poll results regarding the performance of Congress (great, 1 percent; fair, 7 percent; poor, 89 percent; undecided, 2 percent):

• Extremely poor! — Angela G.

• I can not “Like” this ... but I can, and do, agree with it! — Katharine N.

On how successful you think the ‘No Child Left Behind’ act has been, and if it is time to retire the act:

• Yes, indeed it is, due to many who have fallen through the system... — Hobert C.

• It should be named “No Child Gets Ahead.” Our best and brightest are left to languish in the classroom, while the slowest garner all the attention — David T.

• We’ve seen what fudging the numbers in the housing market has gotten us. Just imagine what fudging the numbers in education has given us ... — Jamie L.

• It should have been called “No Child Left Untested!” — Cheryl W.

• No child left behind really means, “let’s pass them on to be someone else’s problem!...” — Michele C.

• It was an epic fail for the students and the teachers! — Brian W.

• Beyond epic fail — Steven T.

On if you understand the Affordable Care Act, and if you could ask President Obama a question about the new health care law, what would it be:

• Does he understand it enough to answer those questions or is this just another political back-slapping session? — Joseph L.

• No one seems to understand it ... not even the lawmakers — Johnny F.

• It’s not that hard to understand, turn off “Duck Dynasty” for 10 minutes and read about it. I can see why insurance companies are hating it since the online comparison thing is forcing them to cut their rates by half — Joe H.

• We were already notified by our insurance company that the rate will roughly double in a few months — Sharon Q.

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