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. How ironic then that agri-business 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.
-- John Bennett
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EPA electricity regulations are bad for consumers. The proposed carbon emissions regulations have the potential to drive up electricity costs. Let me explain:
Coal burning electrical generating facilities will be required to make major modifications or shut down. A massive shutdown endangers the reliability of the national grid, so we can expect brownouts at the minimum. And then there is the matter of affordability.
Those facilities willing to make the needed modifications will have to raise the price they charge for every kilowatt-hour. Affected manufacturing facilities then will raise the price of their goods, trim labor costs or relocate. Private citizens faced with a jump in their energy costs will have to rearrange their budgets (if they still have a job).
About 40 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S. is from coal. A reduction in the base-load electricity supplied by coal will disrupt the flow of electricity to the national grid and ultimately to U.S. consumers. The EPA’s proposal will harm the U.S. economy.
-- Hill Kaplan
Coming race war?
Walter Williams very carefully outlined the basic problems of the black community in his Dec. 4 column in the Telegraph. And, he concludes that the problems in this community are largely the fault of the black population, not the white community. The black community blames whites for their poverty, their lack of education, lack of achievement and generally their being kept down by blatant discrimination. As a result, the community seems to think that it is perfectly acceptable to protest by violent action, burning and looting, at will, and basically advocating violence and breach of law as perfectly acceptable. This 13 percent of the national population seems to have come to the position that it’s the responsibility of the white/Hispanic/Asian majority to support them, and it is their right to take the money and behave just as they please, lawful or not.
My concern is that there will almost unavoidably be a ‘tipping point’ at which the majority will become fed up with the actions of the minority, and take action as a group or on an individual basis. The black community must realize there are five or six times as many individuals in the majority as in the minority. And, there are just as many -- perhaps more -- individuals like Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakahan in the white populace as in the black community. These people are race centered and potentially violent. And, there are many, many, more of them. As a nation we have come many miles since the 1900s, but there exists the potential to return to that era.
We must strive to insure that being either white or black does make us a target for violence. Yet, we are leading this nation to an end that cannot be tolerated by either race. We must bring the violence to a halt. Otherwise, we will destroy the nation.
-- Bob Hubbard
As to racial discrimination -- government and politicians are the biggest discriminatory agencies and gain the biggest profits -- both in finances, positions and personal advantages in claiming they are looking out for all while encouraging such practices. They are the problem. They do not stand up and/or enforce our laws. They encourage lawlessness for selfish gains.
As to immigration, it was not and is not the American immigration laws that destroy illegals’ families living in the U.S. How could it be? Our immigration laws are not enforced. It is a joke to leave it up to presidents and members of Congress. They, along illegal employers are the biggest violators with the most to gain.
Good example of politicians versus illegals living in the U.S. and discrimination. I believe it was around early 2004 when there was an illegal immigration panel meeting, I believe it was held in Texas and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas said the kind of illegals we want to live in the U.S. was an illegal who owned a restaurant that served excellent food. In other words, she was discriminating against the poor illegals living in the U.S.
In the same meeting Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said the way to handle illegals entering the U.S. was to return all to their country. In other words do not discriminate making exception for the rich or poor.
Most politicians back then justified illegals by saying, ‘they only want to make a living for their families. They did not nor do they care at what cost to the U.S. middle class. In my opinion, U.S. citizens have compassion for all illegals and their struggles, however, our government allows them to break all kinds of laws causing financial problems for U.S. taxpaying citizens. Yet government games the system by burdening our children with an $18 trillion debt and counting.
-- Faye W. Tanner
Reference Joan Serda’s Special to The Telegraph on Dec 4th, concerning the plight of illegal immigrants. It’s a pity her heart has been broken because the deportation of illegal immigrants has broken up families. However harsh the deportation seems, it is in compliance with the law. That is until the emperor Obama took upon himself to change the law. Serda mentions the fact that her congregation immigrated in the mid-1800s and many advocate opening our borders to one and all usually mentions that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants. That’s true enough, but the U.S. of today is much different than in the 1800s or even the 1920s or 1940s and ‘50s. Back then we needed people because the country was expanding and there was plenty of open space. Not so today. Now most illegal immigrants flock to the major population hubs and have become a drag on the economy, especially in the area of health care, or they turn to crime to support themselves.
Many illegals, once they arrive here, try to have children, who are considered citizens, then implore the authorities not to deport them and split the family. I have compassion for them in this situation, but they knew what they did was illegal. They are the ones who created the situation, let them live with it. But too many liberal judges overlook the illegal part and rule they cannot be deported.
Serda also mentions she has been urging legislators to create a pathway to citizenship for the illegals. A pathway to citizenship already exists, but the illegals don’t want to wait in line. They want it immediately, which is a slap in the face to those folks who did it legally.
In my opinion, we don’t have a broken immigration system, we have a broken enforcement system. Enforce the current laws and if that results in deportation and splitting families, too bad.
-- Bert Peters
Kumho negotiators must be some really smart people. Considering recent and not-so-recent Bibb County Board Of Education shenanigans, Kumho insisting they not be subject to the BOE’s taxing authority for 20 years is genius.
-- Matt Dykes
Sovereign: “one possessing or held to possess supreme political power.” -- Merriam-Webster.com.
This is a public request of the Bibb County School Board to explain what would appear to be their ultimatum that it receive 45 percent of the payments Kumho Tire will make in lieu of property taxes (The Telegraph, Dec. 2). As presented by The Telegraph, the position taken by the board seems imperialistic on four points:
First, the board apparently waited until the timetable for “the deal” was so tight that, as Commissioner Elaine Lucas stated in approving the board’s changes, “We had no choice...” Was the original intention to split the Kumho payments equally among the Macon-Bibb County Commission, the Industrial Authority and the school board learned only in the last few days?
Second, the school board seems to have innate authority to dictate the terms of sharing Kumho fees. The board’s position seems to be that it should not be accountable for past fiscal ineptitude and, beyond that, it should be given more than what someone originally thought was a fair share. The notion seems all the more preposterous since the board did not contribute to the costs of getting the Kumho deal in the first place
Third, apparently one board member stated publicly that “it wasn’t the school board’s job to help fund the Industrial Authority.” Although “previous similar payments have never included the Industrial Authority,” the Kumho payments would have. Someone knew that up front. Why is it just now an issue and even if it is an issue, why must this new deal be patterned after previous similar payments?
Fourth and last, the school board apparently wielded its fiscal and political power by prohibiting the Industrial Authority from using its share of the Kumho payments for any purpose other than land acquisition. The original deal stipulated that the authority could additionally “potentially fund its own operation should county funding cease.”
Do you, members of the school board, see just how this all seems? Please set the record straight.
-- Jon Martin
Try this. Picture a major college stadium filled to the brim with 100,000 people. Now realize that the president has given instant legality to 50 stadiums full of 100,000 people and soon their relatives, too. And amazingly, all the illegals now hiding in America will produce “documents” proving they have been here for five or more years. So we’re talking about an eventual 100 bulging stadiums -- or 10 million people. Ten million non-Americans who have been rewarded for breaking our border laws by being allowed to jump the line of legal immigrants and receive a goody bag full of treasures -- photo ID’s, Social Security cards, and de facto permanent residency. These documents are true American treasures once reserved only for American citizens -- citizens born here or legally naturalized.
There is only a short period of time for the newly-elected Congress or the courts to stop that distribution of goodies to the illegal people in the 100 stadiums. Once those “fans” receive their bags and pocket their goodies, President Obama’s expanded Democratic voting block will be secure. No future immigration law passed by the new Congress will be able to chase those stadium people down and snatch those bribes back -- and the president knows it. That’s why he made up his own immigration “law” and pronounced it legal before the new Congress could be sworn in,
And here’s the real kicker to you, my African-Americans friends. Those newly-legal immigrants will step on your heads as they stampede to the employment offices, crowd into American schools demanding translators, and soon, very soon, receive full federal benefits that are supposed to be reserved for legal citizens. Wake up, black America. You have been rewarded for your voting loyalty by enduring stagnant wages, above average unemployment and worsening race relations under this president’s six years of leadership. You don’t have to take beating after beating from this and future liberals. Conservatism offers you what you truly deserve: equality without condescension.
-- Rinda Wilson
Who will listen?
I’m a 15-year-old high school sophomore, I just wanted to say even with the knowledge I have that racial mistreatment has/will always be around, everyone is boosting it up as if they don’t expect it all to happen. We all should know that African-Americans disrespect and tear down each other on a daily basis, so why would you expect anyone else to pick us up? Don’t answer, because there is no answer. We have never been there for one another. We are one of the weakest ethnic groups because of this.
We never take into consideration all of the stereotypes we’ve gained, and we don’t try to disprove them either. So if I were to wish for anything, it would be for the black community to try and work together, fight for each other and stop letting tragedies be the only thing that brings us together.
We need to try and love one another instead of hate. We need to stop being judgemental of our skin colors. So just try, because if we don’t, there will be no changes or respect. Fighting and protesting will only add fuel to the fire. Think about it, because this is ridiculous. But at the end of the day, who will listen to a 15-year-old?
-- Aaliyah Dixon