BODY CAMERAS WOULD PREVENT MISTREATMENT
The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hand of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects.
There is ample precedent.
Animal protection activists have used body cameras to document egregious atrocities and safety violations by workers in the meat, dairy, and egg industries. The resulting videos have led to a number of corrective actions, as well as felony convictions, meat recalls, and even a $500 million civil settlement.
How ironic then that agribusiness interests in seven states (Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and Utah) have now enacted “ag-gag” laws imposing severe penalties for using body cameras in their agricultural facilities. The language is typically drafted by the anti-consumer American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Let’s hope that other vested interests do not impose similar restrictions on the use of body cameras by law enforcement officers.
‘REARRANGING THE DECKCHAIRS’
There is no end of the discussion about climate change/global warming/global cooling; take your pick.
Is there climate change? Of course there is!
The second law of thermodynamics states, “Any system which is free of external influences becomes more disorganized with time.” This is what scientists call “entropy” or lack of order.
A gradual decline into disorder of all systems is inevitable. Everything winds down or wears out. Cars rust, homes deteriorate, teenagers’ bedrooms (without the constant outside influence of parents) become a total disaster.
Even if we were the most conscientious environmentalists that ever existed, everything in this world and universe would still be changing and winding down.
Having said that, let me state that as a citizen of this world and a citizen of the world to come, I have a responsibility to tend and keep the earth that God has entrusted to my care.
I don’t believe that we should rape the earth and excuse it as capital enterprise. There is no excuse for clear-cutting hillsides, tearing the top off of mountains, polluting rivers and lakes until everything in them dies, etc.
But the reality is, regardless of what we do, except for the intervention of the Lord we are simply “rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.”
NEXT VB LEVY STILL A BAD IDEA
I noticed in the Dec. 5 Courier that the construction is now finished on Findlay’s newest hotel. What grabbed my attention is the fact that this new “luxury” hotel cost $11 million to build.
I posted a letter back in October about the Van Buren levy to get $29 million out of taxpayers over the next 30 years to build a new school. I really want this to sink in to every taxpayer’s head, due to the fact that Van Buren is going to attempt this ludicrous amount on the next levy.
Of course, it will be worded slightly different the next time but they will be after the same thing. The amount of money versus 30 years of tax is burdening the residents of this community.
I’m sure some think I’m kicking a dead horse while it is down and that is exactly what I am doing.
Van Buren needs to apply for grants that are offered for construction of new buildings. As I stated in my last letter, I am not against building a new school or a slight raise in my taxes.
When you want me to pay this tax over 30 years, that’s where I find it troubling, along with every senior citizen in the district who is on a fixed income, the farmers that own good amounts of land, and the newly-married couples that are trying to get a “good” start on life.
Van Buren residents have two more times that this levy will appear during election time. We must stick to our guns and constantly remind others to vote the next levy down as well.
I am sure toward the end they will start the threats, cancel transportation to games, students that live a mile or less will have to walk, etc., and the list will go on.
Remember when the time comes back around to vote no.
THE REST OF HER STORY
I had to grin. I thought Jim Brant (letter, Dec. 3) might pick up on my omission of the hunting accident. But there is a limit on how many words we can use. Now, I can answer.
I remembered vaguely the incident, so I had to refresh my memory.
The lawyer that was accidentally shot in the face and chest with birdshot was 78-year-old Harry Whittington, a lawyer from Austin, Texas and a financial supporter of President George W. Bush.
This occurred in 2006 when a small group had gone to a friend’s place to hunt quail. They had been there several times before.
Apparently, Mr. Whittington had killed one, and was on his way back to the group with his quail, and somehow managed to step into Vice President Cheney’s line of fire. He was not knocked out, but was taken to the hospital in an ambulance that was there for Cheney, who was 65 years old at the time.
This was nine years ago.
It was nice of Mr. Brant to remember how sometimes something very hurtful and unintended can occur between friends. How would I have felt in Cheney’s position?
How would Mr. Brant have felt?