Palin 'an intensely political choice'?

"He's been a governor for three years. He's been mayor of the 105th largest city in America. And, again, with all due respect to Richmond, Va., it's smaller than Chula Vista, Calif., Aurora, Colo., Mesa or Gilbert, Ariz., North Las Vegas or Henderson, Nev. _ it's not a big town. So if (Obama) were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be a intensely political choice (which) said, You know what, I'm really not first and foremost concerned with is this person capable of being president of the United States.' "

In an Aug. 10 television interview, Karl Rove uttered these words about Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine when his name was on Barack Obama's short list for vice president. Kaine was mayor of Richmond (population 200,000) for two years before he went on to serve as lieutenant governor for four years and, as Rove mentioned, governor for three years.

"An intensely political choice." Interesting. I wonder how many towns are larger than Wasilla, Alaska?

Kate Seeley


Many types of

high-risk lifestyles

I guess if you are going to discriminate against a homosexual lifestyle by complaining that it raises health costs for everyone, then you had better include and discriminate against those who are overweight, smokers and consumers of alcohol. This doesn't include a myriad of other self-destructive behaviors. All lead to increased risk of poor health and increased health care costs.

These high-risk lifestyles are not mentioned in this diatribe against homosexuals by either Ms. Sperbeck or Ms. Lamonica.

Obviously, Ms. Sperbeck speaks to God on a regular basis to know what it is he likes and doesn't like. As for Ms. Lamonica's concern about health care costs ... am I wrong or didn't she and her husband run a beer distributor company in Oneonta? I suppose that was better for people's health, the community and health care costs.

Monty Calandros


State must address ADHD overdiagnosis

Kudos to the state of New York for requesting public schools to report their students' Body Mass Index information. Childhood obesity is a problem that needs to be addressed. So is the issue of "hyperactivity" for purposes of ADHD diagnosis. It is a question whether BMI was even considered when defining what is "normal" and what is "hyperactive," and for a reason.

It is a matter of common knowledge that obese children, due to their weight, might be less agile and less physically active than their skinnier peers, while agile and active kids may be difficult for teachers to handle. That makes obese children more convenient for teachers and active children at risk of being overdiagnosed and overmedicated.

The problem of childhood obesity in New York will not be resolved if public schools do not have proper indoor playgrounds, at least of McDonald's type, unless school curriculum is revised so that children are taught the "three R's" while running and jumping, not sitting, with a respective adjustment in hiring athletic teachers to be able to teach such a curriculum.

It will also not be resolved unless New York switches from its current "bounty" financing formula of special education, rewarding the school with additional money per head of every special education child "found"/diagnosed, to a lump-sum amount for all children per year, which is more fiscally responsible, especially in view of current economic conditions. That will remove financial incentives from schools to overdiagnose with ADHD and overmedicate healthy active children while holding out obese and less physically active children as the norm of activity.

As taxpayers who foot the growing special-education bills and as parents whose children risk a disciplinary record and a lifetime of health problems due to overmedicating, we should require these issues to be resolved properly.

Tatiana Neroni


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