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Updated: March 14, 2013 6:04AM



‘What difference does it make?’ is liberals’ motto

“What difference does it make?” Hillary Clinton’s response at the recent Senate hearing to the question of whether the administration lied to the American public about the cause of the attack on the embassy in Benghazi should be the motto of all of liberals. They apply that philosophy to any problem or situation.

Take for instance the response to her husband Bill’s relationship with a young intern in the White House and his subsequent lying under oath to cover it up. The liberal response to the whole sordid affair was that it was just about sex; what difference does it make?

How about the effect of Obamacare on the treatment of the elderly? Once the rationing of socialized medicine kicks in, some bureaucrat will have to make a decision on whether or not your grandmother can receive an expensive procedure to prolong her life. His rationale for denying treatment will be based on actuary tables on projected length of life. Why spend the money on someone who isn’t going to live much longer? She might as well die now instead of a few years later. What difference does it make?

Or how about then-Sen. Obama who voted against keeping a baby alive who survives a botched abortion. The baby was targeted for destruction before birth anyway. If it inadvertently comes to term why shouldn’t we kill it after it’s born? What difference does it make?

So how then shall we live? Conservatives say that we should follow moral guidelines based on objective truth. Liberals say, “What difference does it make?

Gary Ziolkowski

Crown Point

Parents play the biggest role in their teenagers’ lives

As anyone with a teenage son or daughter may tell you, it may seem like the least likely place high school students turn to for advice is their parents. And with today’s constant flood of television, movies, social media and peer pressure, teenagers have more outside influencers than ever before.

However, a new survey of high school students conducted by Everest College found that more than six in 10 respondents — the highest percentage of any response — say they find out about job and career choices from their parents or guardians.

Parents, your influence on your teen’s future educational and career choices cannot be overestimated. In fact, a similar Everest survey found that lack of parental and educational support is the most common reason younger Americans drop out of high school.

With the spring semester under way, I encourage you to spend time with your teen as they begin to map out their futures, particularly if graduation is around the corner. The time you take now can play a crucial part in setting up your child for future success.

S. James Troisi,

president, Everest College

Merrillville



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