Comments: Readers mostly avoid politics, wish best for Specter's cancer fight
Former Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has overcome serious illnesses in the past two decades.
August 28th, 2012
07:09 PM ET

Comments: Readers mostly avoid politics, wish best for Specter's cancer fight

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As the Republican National Convention moves forward, politically charged comments flow like water. Readers called for a few tidbits of unity on the story about Arlen Specter's fight against cancer. Specter, 82, was the longest-serving senator from Pennsylvania and switched from being a longtime GOP member to the Democratic Party in 2009.

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Readers mused about Specter's political history in the current divided climate. Several commenters thanked Specter.

Hottampa: "Thank you Arlen Spector for the service for your country. I hope you recover. If you do not, you lived a long productive life that most people envy."

iBod: "It's odd, because I was just thinking about him yesterday - wondering how he is spending his time away from the Senate; how he is doing, overall. Dearly saddened to hear this. I am sure this news is hitting all of us Pennsylvanians pretty hard. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and that he makes a full recovery."

PeteArk: "He is a man of moderate views and a love of country ... unlike many of those now in the political arena ..."

Push politics aside for a moment, this reader pleaded.

VelveteenLdy: "It is, at once, amazing and disgusting that almost everything in the news today can be turned into a political battlefield. The purpose of these posts is not to argue Sen. Specter's politics, but to comment on the article. The man is dying. His political affiliation, actions, or whether he was liked or disliked are immaterial and inconsequential to that fact. My thoughts and prayers go to Sen. Specter's family and I pray that he passes on in comfort and in peace."

Many of the readers claimed to be Pennsylvanians, and gave a local perspective.

Dave: "As a Pennsylvanian, I am no Specter fan and voted against him. I donated money to his opponent Sestak. With that said, I hope he does not suffer. Cancer is a horrible disease. That is why we need more funding for cancer research - and why we need Democrats in Washington, because the GOP wants to cut cancer research to pay for millionaire tax cuts."

Tebojockey: "Fellow Pennsylvanian here. I agree with you. I hope he does not suffer. Arlen was always entertaining, however. God forbid he should go, but if he does, he will learn the error of his way on his 'one bullet theory' when he gets wherever it is he's going to. I grew up with this guy in my life most every day. It will be strange not seeing his name or image around if he goes ..."

The above commenter is referring to Specter's service on the Warren Commission, which investigated the death of Sen. John F. Kennedy. Specter is credited with co-authoring the "single bullet theory" suggesting that one bullet caused some of the wounds to Kennedy and then-Texas Gov. John Connally.

Some posters got into a fascinating debate about the degree to which one can compromise on their beliefs.

2743: "I don't like label so I am not sure that I am a liberal but I am disgusted when people make remarks about peoples health including Dick Cheney who I agree with nothing on. The lack of rational discourse the name calling and extreme partianship is gettiung us nowhere. Political differences should not make us hate each other. We need to compromise."

thunderbolt0: "Why I agree with part of your post, you lost me with compromise. I don't want compromise unless it makes a policy or situation better. We got into the banking bubble, and the housing bubble all because of making the wrong compromises. I would have agreed with you better if you had left that part out and replaced it with what best helps our people.

einna: "What you are saying is exactly what the problem is right now. Not every side is going to agree on what is best, so sometimes the sides need to reach a compromise that helps the majority. Neither side may say this is making it 'better,' but what is considered 'better' may be what is in disagreement. There are times that it is best to have something halfway, if no one can agree on what the 'whole' should look like. Think of a peace treaty - is it better to stay at war forever, or allow both sides to give up some stuff in order to stop the killing?"

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  1. banasy©

    I wish Mr. Specter well.
    Cancer is a hideous disease.

    August 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ACR

    Nobody gets out of life alive. (I read that somewhere.)
    I would prefer to see everyone get to enjoy a nice painless end to their lives, but our medical science is ruled by profit motive and bias, so he might get some good meds and maybe even put it in remission for a while, but it will be fifty times as expensive as it should be.
    The profit motive creates incentive to do bad things for money, usually doing a bad job because it doesn't cost as much as doing a good job. We need to remove the profit motive from every sector of health care, including suppliers, insurance providers, medical organizations and corporations, etc. Price controls should be put in place as well. That would keep the costs down, especially if we have a centralized government agency overseeing the whole thing.
    Kill the profit motive and make it easier to get good health care.
    We could have cured cancer by now if we hadn't had so many people deliberately obstructing progress in medical research and hijacking the whole health sector to gut all the money they thought they can get out of it.
    It would be nice if people could get hard-working, good-value healthcare, but we have lazy, sukky, bill-padding, gouging, festering mass of people who just want a job and don't really want to be doing healthcare.
    Profit motive and lack of jobs in other sectors will drive people who really aren't suitable for the healthcare sector, yet who can find a job nowhere else.
    Cancers can sometimes be beat. It will be some time before we have a good cure for all cancers. Good luck everyone.

    August 29, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Janiece Beinke

    It would be good if you would either interview Artur Davis or run more of his speech at the Repub. convention. He is articulate and seems to know a lot about the current administration. More people need to know this guy better. He appears to be a possible "comer". Thanks, J. Beinke

    August 29, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ancient Texan

    Mr,Specter had a hard time deciding who he was and what he actually believed when in politics....but he deserves better than another round of cancer. We wish him well and God Bless.

    August 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pete

    Mr.Specter,as a cancer survivor I wish you well,keep your loved ones close and keep humor,love in your heart.Keep your head up sir,remember CANCER IS ONLY A WORD,IT'S NOT A SENTENCE,take care and Gods speed against a disease that doesn't discriminate..

    August 30, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Phil Miller

    Wolf Blitzer: When you say "thank you very much," as you do to all your guests, what does that leave you for a special report? What it does is demean the words"very much" since you never just say" thank you." It also demeans you as it sounds like you are simply ingratiating yourself to the guest. I am sure you understand this. Good luck.

    August 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phil Miller

    Anderson Cooper: You are an excellent journalist. Just one thing: stop saying "uh."

    August 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Phil Miller

    John King: I am confident staff has remarked about your "flying" left arm and hand. It is really distracting. I say to myself "this guy is smart and professional, why doesn't he deal with this issue? I hope it isn't ego." Good luck. Please deal with this. Thank you.

    August 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PD Gupta

    Democratic Party made a very bad choice by letting Joe Sestak competing against Mr. Specter in senate primary in 2010. Democrat electorate gave a victory to Mr. Sestak without thinking that Mr. Specter had a better chance to win against Pat Toomey because Mr. Specter had many republicans who had voted for him since 1980. The final result was win for republicans both for the senate and for the 7th district congressional seat in Pennsylvania. Mr. Sestak was a hero when he defeated long term republican candidate and war monger Curt Weldon in 2006. His bad choice also ruined his young political career together with a long term successful career of Mr. Specter.

    October 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |