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So your paid to make me think! Your an even bigger goof ball on film than you appear to be in print. Nothing here changes my views of the lib casey except that there is no hope. With opinions like his the city/state/nation/world will go down the drain fast. I must say I do now understand your support of the “gay” issue however. You appear as one with serious homosexual tendencies, Danielle.
Dan may be controversial in his comments and words but he is accurate. Just saying he is controversial reflects on the points he is trying to make. Being different is not controversial, it is just being different.
Be sure to point out to this boy how lucky his Massachusetts parents are paying twice as much in taxes than us dumb ole bible thumping, gun toting, homophobic Virginians.
As the Roanoke Times current resident “yankee with a sharp stick” Casey seems to be out of juice, just like all those before him. This column reeks of desperation. He drones through the same old tired subjects, presented in the rambling, panicked shrill of a drowning man. Thought provoking? All I could think was how sad this waste of ink was. Newsprint publications are facing some tough times, and real talent seems to have left the building. Dan must offer a real bargain. Where are you when we need you Tom Anglberger?
Al, do your parents know you are using their computer again?
I hope you don’t confuse the lad about firearms.
True they do have some laws, with which I disagree. OTOH, in Massachusetts one can carry in Churches; restaurants which serve alcohol; etc.
They also have a Castle Doctrine, which you strongly oppose.
“Chapter 278: Section 8A. In the prosecution of a person who is an occupant of a dwelling charged with killing or injuring one who was unlawfully in said dwelling, it shall be a defense that the occupant was in his dwelling at the time of the offense and that he acted in the reasonable belief that the person unlawfully in said dwelling was about to inflict great bodily injury or death upon said occupant or upon another person lawfully in said dwelling, and that said occupant used reasonable means to defend himself or such other person lawfully in said dwelling. There shall be no duty on said occupant to retreat from such person unlawfully in said dwelling.”
All I have to say.
You know, when you really sit down and consider it, the castle doctrine is not shocking, surprising or outrageous. Instead, the laws that require the law abiding citizen to retreat, to run from criminals, are the ones that should be shocking and counterintuitive. I mean a law that mandates that the lawfully present resident must flee from the criminal who chooses to invade his/her home. Really? What message is this supposed to send? “Don’t worry about someone being home when you break in because they have to run from you.”
What’s next? Teaching kids they must submit to bullies?
Massachusetts has a flat tax rate of 5.3% income tax.
Virginia has 4 tiers ranging from 2% to 5.75% income tax.
Massachusetts has a sales tax of 6.25% with no tax on food or prescriptions.
Virginia has a sales tax of 5% and and food tax of 2.5% and no tax on prescriptions.
Fuel tax? Mass = 21 cents per gallon Va = 17.5.
Cigs? Mass =2.51 per pack Va = .30
Overall tax tax burden has measured by personal income:
As measured by percent of income, the statement that Massachucetts residents pay twice the taxes as Virginians is not substantiated by the facts.
Guns and the castle doctrine aside, I have to wonder why some people stay in VA. They seem to think it has nothing to offer save for backward, intolerant but well-armed rednecks. You know, there aren’t any fences or gates at the state line keeping these “enlightened” types in.
In the meantime, The Roanoke Times pays its editorialists to insult its readers. You have to give it to them. That’s an interesting marketing strategy.
Some interesting figures comparing the two states:
MOST TAXED STATE:
Mass – #7
Va – #31
Mass – #3
Va – #7
Mass – 8.2%
Va – 6.4%
BEST STATE TO LIVE (lifestyle)
Mass – #7
Va – #5
RICHEST (Gross state product per capita)
Mass – #5
Va – #10
PERSONAL INCOME PER CAPITA
Mass – #3
Va – #8
Mass – #3
Va – #17
HOMICIDE RATE PER 100,000 PEOPLE
Mass – 2.6
Va. – 4.4
FIREARM DEATH RATE PER 100,000
Mass – 3.1 (#50)
Va – 11.1 (#24)
GUN OWNERSHIP BY HOUSEHOLD
Mass – 12.6%
Va. – 35.1%
PROPERTY CRIME RATE PER 1,000 PEOPLE
Mass – 23.9
Va – 24.8
Mass – 38.1
Va – 36.9
Mass – #12
Va – #18
BIRTH RATE PER 1,000
Mass – 12.5
Va – 13.7
CHILD DEATH RATE
Mass – #47
Va – #38
AVE. HOUSEHOLD SIZE
Mass – 2.55
Va – 2.54
% OF POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LEVEL
Mass – 9.2% (#44)
Va – 9.5% (#43)
WEEKLY CHURCH ATTENDANCE
Mass – 31%
Va – 44%
I found this to be quite interesting and informative. This is certainly not comprehensive as the sources I got these from had many more statistical analyses to draw from. Based on what I saw, both states stack up favorably nationwide and probably neither can thumb its nose at the other, though, as we know, stats can be twisted. Just ask any politician.
I bet the difference between Dan and the Chanel 10 reporter is that Dan’s paycheck does not bounce.
Keep it up Dan, your almost becoming as controversial a figure around that town as I was back 10 years ago, which means, you are definitely succeeding. Besides that, the fact that you got on local TV, albeit Chanel 10, surely makes David Bowers even more jealous of you!!!
Yep, it is surprising. In Virginia you have a duty to run as far away from the scary criminal as you can. Even in your own home.
I can think of only one thing I don’t like about Virginia;
Dan Casey lives here.
#1 The last refuge of those truly bereft of any brains — accuse somebody of being homosexual. Thanks for showing your true (lack of) character once again, Al.
#11 So let’s see, Massachusetts has higher taxes (although nowhere near as high as some seem to think) and yet it also has more rich folks and higher per capita income. Wait! That can’t be right. I’ve been told by right wingers that higher taxes drive people with money out.
Good job, Dan!
Thanks for making the case for Virginia’s superiority. Despite Virginia’s MUCH larger geographical area and diversity, larger population, and Massachusetts’ overisized concentration of universities, our state is either close to or beats the pants off leftwing Massachusetts in nearly every category you mentioned. And we’ll assume you cherry-picked the stats that made Mass. look as good as it did. The only possible explanation for our superiority has to be the political philosophy of our leaders.
Coldn supplied details showing Massachusetts’ overall taxation is 30% higher than our great states.
It’s nice when leftwingers make your point for you.
Careful Dan, the matriarchs of Roanoke will only take so much nose tweeking, you would not want to be the victim of one of those “well placed phone calls” now would you?
People who would write the opposite side of the coin on your column would do so with malice, contempt and deliberate hate, so naturally your tongue in a very cheeky cheek sense of humor would elude them and they would take you seriously.
If the newspaper gives print space to one of the Conservative leaning diatribes it is all right with their world. People like you only need to be silenced or asked to leave. And yet they are offended when called closed minded.
Scott: Your forgot to mention that the chocolate chip is the state cookie of MA while VA has no state cookie. So now that the picture is complete! Clearly MA is the better state. Why don’t you move there?
Dan, you have a good speaking voice! How about a shot at a call in radio show ala rush? Not only would your voice provide some balance but, as the stack of books behind you in the video would suggest, it might actually be fact based, and what a change that would be! Do it!
If Leamon was smart, he’d jump ship to the evil side of communications (a la every other “journalist” and one editorial writer in this town) and get off that sinking ship.
Thanks Scott. I’ve been told many times that I have a face for radio, too!
#10 The reason why many do stay here maybe they like it here. So far anyone in this county can move wherever they want, it’s a free county some say. For myself I moved down south back in the 1970’s. For me it’s the music, the southeast is where Blues, Jazz, Rock, and county comes from. There is something in the mud down here that I really love. The culture down here along with the best story tellers is something I always treasure. I use to hitch hike to the Pipesteam folks Life center when they had their festival over in WV. the best mountain music you could hear .
That being said I do not think it is enlightened to think the way I do. And I can’t tell you how many times I have been out numbered. On Dr. King’s birthday when some people say some things that I do not have to agree with. As a matter of fact I speak up and then all eyes look to me and I am called an n@#$% lover.
As far as guns are, well people I think have to have some common sense and in my book the NRA threw that out long ago. There is no reason to bring guns to church or for that matter a bar.
Oh, I do not think this paper insults its readers. They have done pieces that no one does and yes at times opens a can of worms. But that is their job, to let others see what is going on in this community.
Oh, and Massachuchetts has a National Champion basketball team.
Plus universal health care.
Plus 6 pro sports teams.
Guess you get quite a bit for that 30%.
BTW DA, there’s a big difference between 30% and 100%.
But that’s ok, we all know you don’t deal in facts.
People like you only need to be silenced or asked to leave
Who’s asking anyone to leave, Bag Lady? You’re always the one clamoring for conservatives to be banned from blogs. Lefties are the ones who want to silence folks.
I encourage conservatives to drown the Danster out and send letters and gifts of their own to the Massachusetts boy. If enough do that, this story could reach national network news. Hell, it might even go higher, like to Rush Limbaugh program.
Actually, Dan is an attractive man and pretty likeable on the air. He’s not really hateful, that’s why I hate to see him besmirch himself and behave like columnists at the RT who really are that way.
This is good evidence of why journalists should just report news in lieu of being a part of it.
I can’t help wonder what invisible barrier is preventing Dan from moving to a state he would like better than this one.
Channel 10′s news credibility just took a major dive.
#28 Once again, Bob H, Dan is NOT just a straight news reporter. He’s a columnist. Columnists are expected to have opinions and to shake things up. I know you don’t get it, but that’s his job.
Once again, Bob H, Dan is NOT a straight news reporter.
I thought he was straight.
Suzie, actually I did not cherry pick anything. I could not imagine living in the congestion of the NE corridor, from whence I came, and love the Roanoke Valley and Virginia for the blend of rural/urban, old and new. I speak with pride when I say I live in Virginia. I have relatives in South Carolina and they are envious in many ways of Virignia.
I’m sure the question asked here of myself and others “Well the why don’t you move to…?” is rhetorical. But the same question can be asked of them. Texas, So Carolina, Miss, S. Dak. and numerous other states all have significantly lower tax burdens, Virginia’s abortion rate is relatively high, and for those who look at the college educated as being part of the “liberal elite” Virginia, I am proud to say, ranks way up there at #9 in percent of college educated in the populace. For you folks who disdain higher ed, states like Tx, WV, Ms, Ky, Tn are beckoning.
We live where we live for many reasons including family, jobs, climate, and my guess is that whether a state generally votes liberal or conservative ranks down there around 53rd.
Once again, Bob H, Dan is NOT a straight news reporter. Comment by gdaad
I thought he was straight. Comment by Suzie.
That’s funny stuff. . .
0bama would wonder which state that is.
WOW, have you totally forgotten your own boast when commenting on Dan Radmacher leaving? You are truly beyond hope. It is Conservatives who have called for a boycott of the RT Newspaper. Remember posts bragging about calling advertisers and telling them to stop advertising? Even now, many of the bloggers here do not subscribe to the paper they trash and revile. YOU are the one who wants to silence people and voters who do not toe your line of BS.
I clamor for offensive, insulting liars, bigots and hate mongers to be banned when they cannot control their language. I have no problem with decent respectful debate. Never have.
which post are ou referring to? Or are we supposed to read YOUR mind?
Gdad, no one would refer to Dan as being a straight reporter. Too bad you didn’t READ my post which referenced “journalists”.
But then you are a member of the “club” so you get a free pass on your posts.
Why do you stay in a state that you despise? Why do you allow your children to be educated here?
I can’t wait to see the answer.
Dan, does Donna or anyone else in your family get grief for what you write?
Actually there are 57 states, well 60 if you are Obama. There are the 57 he had been in, plus one more to go in, plus Hawaii and Alaska. That makes 60.
Intelligent comments like this one don’t see alot of commentary in the RT……
I don’t despise Virginia, not even close. Make sure you read Thursday’s column.
“Dan, does Donna or anyone else in your family get grief for what you write?”
Yeah, sometimes. And sometimes my Mom gives me grief about it, too.
Once, after the faux Casey family Christmas “newsletter,” a man walked into Donna’s place of employment and asked her for a lap dance.
We’ve gotten a few unpleasant phone calls at 4 a.m. and Donna’s a lighter sleeper so she answers those.
The younger two kids hear some stuff about my columns from their teachers — it’s good natured stuff, and most of them tell Zach and Anna they love the column. I don’t think one of their teachers would ever hammer them about me. . .
I asked 2 questions and you answered neither. Typical liberalism. Use whatever adjective you wish to describe how you feel about Virginia. Anybody who wasted the time to read your worthless diatribe is already pretty aware of how you feel about this state.
And no, I won’t read your column tomorrow. Your once a month reading was used up yesterday. And it wasn’t metro and it was hardly anything new.
I have never seen these “intelligent comments” in the RT either BobH. Do you think it is a conspiracy?
“If Lincoln were alive today, he’d be turning over in his grave.—Gerald Ford (on Nixon and Watergate)
“The Democrats just want to ram it down my ear with a victory”—George Herbert Walker Bush
“Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?” –Sen. Rick Santorum
“These are not bad people. All they are concerned about is to see that their sweet little girls are not required to sit in school alongside some big overgrown Negroes”. President Eisenhower commenting on racial segregationalists after the Brown vs. Board of Ed decision.
“For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three nonfatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It’s just unacceptable, and we’re going to do something about it” –President George W. Bush
“The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation’s history. I mean in this century’s history. But I didn’t live in this century.” Vice President Dan Quayle
“President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale.”–Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, testifying before Congress
“I feel the best way to ensure Americans’ freedom is to tighten restrictions on that freedom in any way possible. Only through wiretaps, illegal searches and seizures, unfettered government intrusion, a controlled media and a complete crackdown on free speech can we ensure the liberties of all people.” — Attorney General John Ashcroft
“I think gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman” — Arnold Schwarzenegger
“What a terrible thing to have lost one’s mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is.”- Vice President Dan Quayle
“Hmmm, uhh, hah — ummm — I, the answer is — I haven’t really thought of it that way, heh, heh. Heh. Here’s how I think of it. Ummm — heh heh. First I’ve heard of that, by the way, I, ah — uhh — the, uhh — I, I guess I’m more of a practical fella. Uhh. I vowed after September the 11th that I would do everything I could to protect the American people. And, uhh — my attitude, of course, was affected by the attacks.ha ha …ummm Let me see… I knew we were at a war. I knew that the enemy, obviously, had to be sophisticated, and lethal, to fly hijacked airplanes, uhh, into — facilities that would, we would, killing thousands of people, innocent people, doin’ nothing, just sittin’ there goin’ to work.”–President George W Bush, after being asked if the war in Iraq and the rise of terrorism are signs of the apocalypse
Dan, I thought you looked like the cat that was caught eating the canary. I wish you had been able to find your devil horns. Ha-Ha
#35 Come on, Bob H, call him what you will but Dan’s job still isn’t just to report the news. You really just don’t get it.
#37 You know, Bob H, you bringing this old ridiculous nonsense up just reminds me of Bedford, Pa. How’s the school budget doing up there?
I am sorry to hear that Dan about getting phone calls but I am not surprised. When I first came to this town and I stopped by The Roanoke Times I was wondering whats up with the guards at the door thing. I am always use to walk in the reporters room and chew the fat a bit. But after reading what some say here and being in this town I fully understand it.
It is too bad because there are many good folks in this town.
“Anybody who wasted the time to read your worthless diatribe is already pretty aware of how you feel about this state.
And no, I won’t read your column tomorrow. Your once a month reading was used up yesterday. And it wasn’t metro and it was hardly anything new.”
Wow, I think BobH just hit a criticism quadrifecta! Nice going, Bob H.
I agree with you about the guards, during my career I’ve had great stories that have walked in off the street “to chew the fat.”
The guards are not only at the TRT. Most metro dailies now have them. I’m not sure, it may be an insurance requirement after certain tragic events at other newspapers.
Thank you #41 that was just plain funny. The thing is as with that guy baby Bush there are so many more good quotes that came out of that guys mouth. I am so glad he couldn’t run again. But I am sure some here would want him or his kind to do so again.
“And no, I won’t read your column tomorrow. Your once a month reading was used up yesterday. And it wasn’t metro and it was hardly anything new.”
Comment by Bob H — April 13, 2011 @ 2:28 pm
BobH, you first need to convince us that you can read before you make this argument.
Thanks for reading today, BobH!
That’s too Bad Dan as to no having an open reports room but believe me I do understand. Up in Harrisonburg the paper they had was very much to the right but that never stopped me from talking to the reporter. As a mater of fact that paper came out in support of us trying to stop a golf course, go figure.
Are they armed guards?
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Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:10:42 +0000
Metro Columnist Dan Casey knows a little bit about a lot of things but not a heck of a lot about most things. That doesn't keep him from writing about them, however. So keep him honest!
He welcomes your rants, raves and considered opinions, so long as the language is civil (i.e. no four-letter words). He'll read all your posts and may or may not respond.