In December at the Brookings Saban Forum on the Middle East, Atlantic magazine reporter Jeff Goldberg asked right-wing former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman this provocative question: "Things are shifting radically not only in non-Jewish America but in Jewish America as it concerns Israel and its reputation. My question is: (A) Do you care? (B) What are you going to do about it? And (C) how important is it to you?" "To speak frankly, I don't care," Lieberman responded, adding that Israel lived in a dangerous neighborhood. Give Lieberman credit for honesty.
It may not sound like a lot of money to some, but the submitted legislation that would raise fees for hunting and fishing licenses has a not-so-hidden caveat. For example, a resident hunting license goes from $10 to $15. A resident hunting/fishing license goes from $17 to $30. Most of the other increases nickle and dime residents, but hit nonresidents much harder. A non-resident fishing license is $50. A non-resident hunting license is $100.
Though he was the first homicide of the year, unfortunately he will not be the last. But he could be, if the community would be more outraged about the senselessness of such acts. When did we arrive at this place of finding murder so acceptable? All of us need to think about our reactions to all acts of violence and the way that we give them a few minutes of our attention and move on to the next item on our busy calendar.
On Sunday, Feb. 7, I read the column, "Can't make this stuff up," by Charles E. Richardson on the editorial page. I hesitate to respond to this because it propagates what I hate most and that is the effort to keep the albatross of slavery hanging on the necks of our young people of both races. I would like them to move into adulthood with the same love and harmony they enjoy during the early years of their lives before they are given this yoke to wear for whatever reason.