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"It Is Up To All of Us" — Locals React to State of the Union

President Barack Obama outlined an ambitious agenda for his second term in Tuesday night's State of the Union address. Did you agree with his message?

President Barack Obama said the nation must move forward to curb gun violence, grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and reform immigration during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

On Facebook, Patch readers responded to the president's speech with analysis, enthusiasm and criticism. Some of their opinions are below. Join the conversation by leaving your thoughts in the comments box at the bottom of this article.

Frank Geefay February 16, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Disprove my claim with scientific facts of your own then. Prove that 99% of climatologists do not believe in global warming and that man is the primary cause of it. There is simply not enough text space available here to prove it but I can get the proof that you will simply deny with no explanation. So even if I presented a sound argument you will still reject it out of spite.
Mark Burns February 16, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Not too much to restate on this. I did not make representations about global warming; you did. I asked you to prove that man is the cause of it and I also asked that you not use the claim that 'Thousands of Scientists believe it to be true. . ." Now you claim that 99% of climatologists agree (or not agree or whatever your comment really means). Show me the list of 99% out of 100% of ALL climatologists. There is plenty of space left for me to ask you to prove beyond doubt that man-caused global warming is going to kill us all. The more likely answer is that we don't know that the characteristics of climate change are linked to man; we don't know how solar cycles (generally in excess of 1500 years) affect a planet 4.5 billion years old; we don't know how accurate temperature readings and CO2 readings are from 150 years ago; we don't know from a perspective of 150 years out of 4.5 Billion how global warming or CO2 affects us; etc,. Tell me Frank, what post-graduate-level expertise on global warming do you possess? Yeah . . . me neither.
Sierra Salin February 16, 2013 at 04:49 AM
O.K. Mark, look around at the once diverse interconnected living systems which make up our "biosphere" which supports all life, and tell me that humans are acting in the best interest of anything's future which is larger than an insect? Humans ARE a plague on Nature, ripping, shredding, and laying wast, and leaving toxic landfills where life once lived. We value $ profits, and endless wars, above a future worth living in, and we are choosing, with every waking $, our future. What ARE we leaving behind, or creating?
Mark Burns February 16, 2013 at 05:16 AM
Yes, Sierra, you have a voice. You are not alone. Thanks for being mindlessly distractive. For making no sense what so ever. Good job!
Wire February 16, 2013 at 06:39 AM
Congressman Mike Thompson lied about not knowing about anti depressants that the mass killers were on. Saying there's no record and that the NRA is stalling the FDA in checking law. Yes they need a new law! Do you know a reporter can't ask the police if they were on depressants because that is private information, like Obama's history. The only time the drug use can be reported legality is if it comes out in court! So does the Feds keep those kind of records NOPE! They need a study. Ask Mikey! To hard to read the books or news paper reports. OMG!

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