Sound Off: Weekly Recap

The Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas debate, in-state tuition for illegal immigrants and the tablet war were topics of debate this week.

Starting today, each Friday's Sound Off post will recap the questions and discussions that stirred up readers' opinions over the course of the week. If you haven't voted on any topic yet, you can find all of this week's polls at the bottom of this article.

Monday- Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, or Apple iPad?

Readers cast their votes on their favorite tablet this holiday season. The Nook Tablet, Barnes & Noble's latest entry into that hot market, captured 49 percent of the vote, with the Kindle Fire and iPad following at 24 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

Reader comment: "Nothing comes close to an i-pad. Cost aside of course."- Middle Road

Tuesday- Would You Buy Facebook Stock?

We asked readers if they would consider purchasing stock in Facebook, with new reports suggesting the social media giant will go public next year with a valuation of more than $100 billion. By a margin of 69-30 percent, readers said they would buy the stock.

Wednesday- In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants?

New York is one of several states that allow undocumented students to pay discounted tuition at state schools. By a solid majority (78-21 percent), Patch readers said they don't agree with that law.

Reader comment: "They may have been raised here, but don't assume they've assumed the American culture or actually know how to speak English. Take a look at the ballot in an election booth, it's in SPANISH! Typically their country of origin is still considered home, the USA is just a source of money to send home. Someone going to college is no longer a minor, they need to stand on their own. College is a 'right', there is no basis for someone here illegally to get a price reduction subsidized by citizen taxpayers."- Jim

Thursday- Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

Readers had strong opinions regarding whether people should use the term "Merry Christmas" or something more generic such as "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" during this time of year. Most readers (69-30) said "Merry Christmas" was the way to go.

Reader comment: "I get SO tired of these people who think we need to change a tradition to be more acceptable to them. Christmas is celebrated by millions, and shouldn't be minimalized or re-created as some "shared event". These offended (and offensive) "activists" need to focus on and embrace their own holidays.....and hang their own welcome flag." - Ellen Hald

Therese Bertsch December 03, 2011 at 12:10 PM
How about giving the other side of the debate for Wednesday. Now that would be good reporting.
Natalie Mottl December 03, 2011 at 08:29 PM
I have a Kindle from last year which works really well, and I really like it. It's easy to read and a good choice for obsessive readers. I think e-readers are only worth it if you read at a pace of a book a week, because then you do save on books and it's more efficient.
Therese Bertsch December 03, 2011 at 10:29 PM
The issue is a serious one and has ramifications for the daily lives of individuals and families. It is neither positive nor productive to take such a serious issue as a conversation piece. If I participate in the dialogue at all it is because I believe it is a serious issue.
Sanford Sardo December 04, 2011 at 08:12 PM
You know what would make the iPad even better? An iPad version of the Patch iPhone app (hint, hint). :)
Barbara Capella Loehr December 04, 2011 at 09:12 PM
Indeed, thanks for noting that! Patch already offers iPhone and Droid apps, so why not an iPad app?


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