Here are some of your responses to Mike Straka's last column...
Ron M. writes: Opie and Anthony aired a segment that talked of sexually assaulting various public officials. "We apologize to the public officials for comments that we made on our XM show on May 9th. We take very seriously the responsibility that comes with our creative freedom and regret any offense that this segment has caused," they said. Sounds good, except they never apologized for the remarks or admitted any errors. The only thing they regretted was "any offense that this segment has caused." This has become the thing celebrities are good for -- sorry if anyone was offended, not sorry for what they do. Janet Jackson, after her Super Bowl "malfunction," was sorry "if this offended anyone." My Grrr! is that celebrities (even if it is only in their own mind) do not take responsibility for their actions, and the apologies are not really apologies.
Beverly from Va. to Jim in Maine who likes to hide Mike's book in the kiddie section of bookstores: As a former bookstore employee, I would like to thank you and those like you for making my job harder. For those of you who think it is funny, kindly remove your heads from your backsides and think of those who have to clean up after your little joke. Mike, I would like to thank you for your weekly dose of reality. I am on a US Navy ship currently deployed in the Persian Gulf and I look forward to reading your column every week. You manage to keep me shaking my head and laughing every time. Keep up the good work!
Dave O. writes: I wanted to comment on Patty C. from Cleveland in the last column. She is dead on with her point. All of these celebrities acting like they are saints and doing such wonderful things while patting themselves on the back with their contributions is disgraceful. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for helping others in need, but these people don't live in the "real world." Not everybody has the luxury of donating $10,000 and not make a dent in the pocketbook. These people (celebs) live in the land of the "fruits and nuts"!!! The "American Idol" executives should "give back," not the hard-working Americans!!
John writes: Our local SoCal radio DJs are using a great name: Parasite Hilton. It seems some people think she is being treated cruelly for going to jail for breaking the law. GRRR!!! One point that some are trying to make is that being sentenced to L.A. county jail usually only gets you 10 percent of the time you have been sentenced because of overcrowding. OK, fine, if that's what everyone else gets, than let her do a few days and let her go. To all the fans that are against her going to jail, I'm sure she would let you take her place, and then promptly forget about you. Let's all petition for Parasite to go to jail. Why should she not go? She broke the law several times. Hopefully soon the fans who for some reason like her will let her fade away. Maybe then there will be time to see what's actually going in the world on the news instead of her.
Elizabeth P. in Washington, D.C., writes: Self-checkouts are supposed to make checking out faster and easier. In order for that to happen, the following types of people should not use the self-checkout lines:
If you must examine each item individually before scanning it;
If you must examine each item individually before bagging it;
If you have a lot of items that must be hand-entered such as produce or deli items;
If you must be on your cell phone while checking out.
If you see yourself on this list, go to the one of the lines with a cashier -- although my local store made that almost impossible by replacing the majority of cashier-run lines with self-service. But, that is another GRRRR.
Justin K. writes: Simmer down, Straka! I find your critical analysis of the pending incarceration of Paris Hilton to be reasonable, with the exception of the negative assessment of her mother's behavior. Exceptional behavior should always be tolerated in a mother whose progeny are in peril. Additionally, you cannot be privy to the intimate discussions between this mother and her daughter. I enjoy your column.
Nathan S. writes: After reading your article today, and another article by Radley Balko about politicians disobeying traffic laws and getting away with it, the Grrrs simply filled me to breaking point. As an average, working citizen of this country, I'm appalled by the double standards in enforcing the laws on an average citizen and enforcing the laws on a celeb or politician. The average joe (or jane) caught driving while intoxicated immediately loses their license (many times for up to a year), spends time in jail (or tent city hear in sunny Arizona), has a blow tube placed on their vehicle after their license is reissued and pays large fines, but if you're a celeb, all you have to do is go to some swank rehab center and everything is forgiven (you still get to drive, no fees, etc.)
Steve R. in Pa. writes: Great advice for Paris. Since I am a pauper, I have nothing to bet with other than my life. Still, it would probably be a safe bet that Paris will not take most of your fine advice. In fact, I suspect Paris and mummy think we lowly peons should be apologizing to her for actually agreeing that she should be compelled to obey laws and rules most of us little people must and do obey every day.
Bruce C. writes: Excellent! Your article of observation and advice should speak volumes to Paris, but I wouldn’t hold my breath that she will even see it. I particularly like your comments about the parents ... they were disgusting examples of the super rich and their disdain for being held accountable. Thanks for writing such a clear reality check to the likes of the Hiltons.
Kay in Minneapolis: Why do you spend so much time covering the "rich and
famous" when you clearly feel they should not be thought of differently than everyone else?