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Visitor Comments: 12

(9) dale331, January 4, 2014 6:12 PM

liberal jews

I didn't realize so many Jews on this site would be so liberal in their thinking. I've only read the first 5 comments but that is enough. Here is an idea. How about we just close up all the prisons because all people, even those so-called terrorists, are only products of their circumstances.

Alan S., January 5, 2014 1:05 PM

You obviously did not read the first 5 comments...

Dale please come back to reality. What you wrote makes little sense in the context you mentioned. The outrage shown by my comment, the first comment listed below, is obvious. Where is there a "liberal" comment? I am straight-down the road, neither liberal nor conservative. (For voting purposes, I am actually a registered independent.) Except for comment #5, none of these comments are "liberal" in their thinking. If you want to something, then please be accurate.
Still, my comment is clearly the opposite of

(8) Joshua, January 2, 2014 4:20 PM


So what would justice be in this case? Forget that he needs to live with himself. He will never escape his own actions nor will ever be able to live another day without knowing that by his actions four people are now dead, and others hurt. I think G-d is quick to enact justice because he deals with the heart while men deal with man's strength. Take his life from him, place him behind bars, if that is the case for a teenager who is intoxicated then what of those who willing and knowingly commit crimes? You say he knows the difference, he knows the law. So does anyone who knows it. So then, do you knowingly break the law? I am more than positive this world encourages the kind of behavior which led to the accident. It is a sway that all the earth feels, which encourages drunkeness and debauchery, idolatry, immorality and rebellion. Does this justify sinfulness? No. Yet, if the fruit is bad then make the tree bad. If it's good make it good.

Alan S., January 3, 2014 11:20 AM

I don't think so...

I am not sure of the premise espoused here. A careful reading makes a premise - if one could be found -- difficult to understand.
Yes, if the tree is bad, so is its fruit. Lop the tree down besides discarding the fruit.
No, the world does not 'encourage' this kind of behavior which led to the accident. The parents and the schools -- from kindergarten forward, should have taught basic values that clearly were not taught.

(7) Anonymous, January 1, 2014 11:05 PM


I do not believe that this case has ended with the judge's verdict. The families of the dead people, I would imagine will sue the family, or bring the parents up on charges. In addition to that, young Ethan will definitely get his, one way or the other, and will also learn at some point, that actions do have consequences. There was a time when drunk drivers who killed also got a slap on the wrist, but that has changed, and while this might be an isolated incident, I hope that those involved will not let it go. The judge should have a psychological work-up to test for insanity.

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