Overheard on CNN.com: John Edwards falls far
June 3rd, 2011
06:45 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: John Edwards falls far

Comment of the Day:

“The laws are attempts to prevent undue influence from deep pockets. I'm convinced that the two donors who shelled out a million dollars to hide the scandal from Edwards' wife and the voters at large, would've held huge influence over him had they been successful – not only with quid pro quo, but also by holding massively damaging information that could be put on display anytime they wished.”– killshot71

John Edwards indicted on conspiracy, campaign law violations

John Edwards, former Democratic senator, vice presidential nominee, and two-time presidential candidate, was indicted on six counts today, among them, conspiracy and violating campaign contribution laws. At issue is whether funds given him by two benefactors - allegedly for the purpose of hiding his mistress - were campaign contributions.

Edwards was almost universally condemned by CNN.com readers, regardless of their political affiliations. hdoodguy said, “What's he going to say? You got caught with your hand in the cookie jar, John, and all that southern good ole boy blather just ain’t going to cut it!!”

bstinger said, “You sicken me, Mr. Edwards. I supported your candidacy before knowing this about you. I feel shame and regret for buying into your BS. I'm thankful you didn't succeed. This country and your wonderful wife deserved so much better.”

mslane said, “Nice moral compass, John.” Byrd8 said, “No sympathy whatsoever.”

There were a few readers who felt bad for him. oldguy68 said, “I never liked the man: his politics or his manner. I think the worst thing he did was betray his wife, but that's not punishable by the legal system. In spite of this, I find myself feeling sorry for the guy. I guess I need therapy.”

Quite a few more spoke up for Edwards' children and questioned the necessity of the long potential sentence. auniquename said, “A maximum of 30 years and $1.5 million fine! Not condoning what he did but murderers have gotten off easier.” helpimlost said, “As sleezy as Edwards is, a potential sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine seems pretty harsh for having a donor pay hush money to a mistress. Wouldn't he be facing a shorter prison sentence and smaller fine if he had killed her in a fit of rage? Seems backwards.”

rs1201, "a staunch Republican,” said, “He's a pig and an unprincipled pervert, but he does not belong in jail. Fine him heavily and let him be with his family. His kids already lost a mother. They shouldn't lose their father also. Edwards is not a danger to society or to himself."

College is a waste of time

Is a college degree really worth the money and time? Dale Stephens, a 19-year-old entrepreneur who recently won a $100,000 to fund his projects, says no. College, he writes in an article for CNN, rewards conformity and regurgitation rather than learning and application.

Maybe Stephens is a little young for such a conclusion, suggested some CNN.com readers. mariniteca said, “LOL, a 19-year-old who thinks college is a waste. As someone who went to college and grad school by paying my own way, college is a lot more than sitting in class. $100,000 fellowship today? So what, it will be gone tomorrow, but an education lasts forever. I guarantee he will go back to school eventually.

proudlefty said, “I remember knowing everything at 19 also. So, I went to college, got and maintained a wonderful career (not a "job") and retired early. The bag-boy at my supermarket once remarked that he did not think college important - he's 30.”

Professorjaz said, “College is not for everyone, for sure, but too many good jobs require college and graduate school. Yes, the economy has changed and more people should consider becoming tradesman/craftsman, but to say flat out that college is a waste for most is bad advice.”

resstuff said, “While I agree that college is not for everyone I wonder if Dale would consider going to a doctor who had never been to college?”

But other CNN.com readers said Stephens had a point. iamsosmrt said, “I'm glad I didn't waste time earning a degree. I make six figures, my wife has two masters and makes less than half what I do.” tkueny said, “It would be a mistake to dismiss his article. Some are better off without the expense and time needed to finish college. Others need college to point them in the right direction.”

Jayvmn said, “Too many kids go to college today. And too many parents are in debt because of it. If you don't know what you want to do, join one of the military branches. You'll learn discipline, respect and efficiency and when you decide what you would like to do they will pay for the education.“

baloony said, "I remember, vaguely, being that young and idealistic, and maybe he's not wrong. My youngest, who works in technology, found that he could make so much money without a college education that he left school. He's always studying and updating his skills, but in a way that formal education can't keep up with."

paulhoog said, "Here's a story: A young man goes to Stanford, graduates, and later launches Paypal. Now a successful Libertarian businessman, he creates a fellowship that selects a few young people to drop out of school in exchange for $100,000. Would this man have launched Paypal or a like company if he had not graduated from Stanford?"

Blog, tweets help recover stolen computer

Joshua Kauffman’s MacBook laptop was stolen when his Oakland, California, apartment was burglarized. With surreptitious photos and screen shots from theft-tracking software, and an appeal to the Web, he was able to prod the police into retrieving it.

DankoRamone asked, "Does this mean one could sell/give a laptop to another person, and assuming this software was already installed, watch the new owners' every move? Emmaleah replied, "Yes. And it means that security software on school-owned laptops used at home by students can be used (and have been used) to spy on them."

Pennwoodsman said, “You're totally missing the point...the story is about how a guy used modern technology to track down his stolen goods himself when the police told him they didn't care. It's not just about a stolen laptop.”

Silentboy741 said, “So you're smart enough to use the Hidden software, but too stupid to put a password on your administrator-level user account? You baffle me dude, you really do. brettbouler replied, “Do you have any idea how EASY it is to hack a password on a locked machine? Come on dude!“

As for the recipient of the stolen MacBook? Many readers said that even if he hadn’t burglarized the apartment he was still at fault. seattlite said, “Oh yeah, he was totally ignorant that it was stolen when he was deleting the owner's Apple account and erasing his files. He obviously knew he was committing a crime.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Chinaman

    Even humble chinaman see Arnold and Edwards both talk out of side of neck. Why you not see this long ago? Are you brwind?

    June 5, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. ando

    Those that think 30 years and 1.5 million fine is too light a sentence when murderers/rapists/violent criminals have gotten less need to keep in perspective that a crime that affects the entire nation is much more grave than a crime that affects a few. I'm not trying to say what he did was worse than a violent crime, but lying to the nation, and being a corrupt public official is one of the biggest offenses against our country you could ever commit. Some might even call it treason.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
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