Cary Baxter seemed surprised that UGA had sanctioned an exclusive all-black male society. I wasn’t. I wonder if there is an all- male WASP society? I would not be surprised if UGA has a department dedicated to diversity. I wonder what are its goals? I do not have a problem if a school establishes student diversity goals as long as the students are academically qualified.
I wonder if UGA has an African and Afro-American Studies department offering courses as does North Carolina? I wonder what courses does UGA offer? I wonder if a student can get a degree from UGA in Afro-American Studies? I do not think UGA has a European and Irish-American Studies department. I think Notre Dame has established one for its football players.
I do not think it is wrong for students to form an exclusive club like the Black Male Leadership Society at UGA. I do not think it is wrong for students to form an inclusive club like an LGBT society or a Young Republicans group. I hope UGA applies the same rules to all of its clubs and societies. I hope the Diversity Department has not established rules limiting where and when club members can express their views on campus. I hope the Diversity Department has not established a list of topics that cannot be publicly discussed on campus.
But I do caution students to be leery of expressing contrary views in class. Their parents should have taught them by now that the professor is always correct, even if he/she is not right.
-- Jim Costello
UGA offers certificate programs in British and Irish Studies, Asian Studies, African Studies, African American Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Native American Studies. The university also offers degrees in African American Studies and Latin American & Caribbean Studies.
Nothing is more heartbreaking than a child’s death, especially when it can be prevented. As a parent of young children, I was pleased to read about the heroic acts of young Aby Westbrooks, 7, who saved her 3-year-old nephew from drowning. More than 700 children under the age of 15 drown every year in America -- nearly 400 in pools and spas. Last year 19 children in Georgia drowned in pools and spas, and drowning remains the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4.
Enjoy swimming safely by following just a few simple safety steps: Children should never be in or near the water without the supervision of an adult. The adult should be solely focused on watching the child, not reading or playing on their phone. Teach kids to swim and to stay away from drains. Finally, performing bystander CPR, as Aby did, can be the difference between a close call and being too late.
Please visit www.PoolSafely.gov to learn more about these safety steps and take our pledge to help keep everyone in your family safer in and around the water.
-- Elliot F. Kaye
U.S. Consumer Product Safety
No free ride
Those who follow Erick Erickson and Rush Limbaugh already know that the National Labor Relations Board is preparing to gut the so called right-to-works laws. So they say, anyway. Let’s get back to the real world now. Look into this story a little deeper and you’ll find that the NLRB is much less ambitious than the talking heads say. Essentially, the NLRB is applying the wisdom of Rosa Parks. Bear with me a few moments.
It’s been widely reported that the NLRB is re-examining its 40-plus year prohibition on fees for grievance-representation that some labor unions would like to charge nonmembers in the so called right-to work states. This is significant because the NLRB ruled many years ago that nonmember fees were discrimination based on membership. Such fees would restrain individual workers in their right not to join or support a labor union, they theorized.
Since then, however, a number of legal scholars have argued that the NLRB’s prohibition is wrong as a matter of law. Labor unions that offer services only to employees who pay for the services they want are only discriminating on the basis of who pays and who doesn’t pay. They serve non-members who pay fees the same as members. This is not discrimination based on membership, the legal scholars say.
It seems to me the famous story of Rosa Parks is useful analogy on that point. Remember that Parks wanted her right to take a seat on the city transit bus for which she had paid the fare. She did not want a free bus ride.
-- Tom Louderback
Will the justices bow down?
In April 2012, President Obama warned the Supreme Court not to take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law (Obamacare) that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress so the court changed the law that was written and presented under the commerce clause to a tax. Since the Obamacare law is again being put in the hands of the Supreme Court probably at the end of June, I wonder if they will continue to obey his command for the law that was passed with each state establishing enrollments for which the federal government would pay enrollees a subsidy. Since several states did not set up state enrollments, the law states the federal government cannot pay subsidies.
For our constitutional process and we the people this is certainly a test to see if the Supreme Court upholds laws passed by Congress or bows down once again on hands and knees to President Obama. If they bow instead upholding the law, how could they be referred to as a court of law.
-- Faye W. Tanner
Our thanks to Frank Gadbois. Not only do we do him the favor of getting his name in the paper, yet again, but one writer got him to reveal his true, misguided, myopic political leanings. Libertarian Austin Scott? All hail Ron Paul, he’s going to save us all. Keep it up Frank. Entertainment is hard to come by these days.
-- Michael Collins
Here in Houston County, I encounter men and women who perform their military duties without question everyday. Would that our members of Congress felt this same level of commitment and patriotism with respect to their military duties as outlined in Section 8 of Article I of the Constitution.
-- S. Janet Payne
I don’t understand why when you try to balance a budget that it would cause states to go bankrupt and cause massive unemployment. Maybe, due to the fact that other than my military days, I have always worked for companies that have to turn a profit to survive. Now that we know that the librarian has always had a publicly subsidized employment plan, it begins to make sense. The “everything should be free” crowd doesn’t understand basic math nor are they concerned about basic human rights.
To put it in a simple mode for those who don’t understand, I shouldn’t have to take food from my table to feed others unless I want to do so. No one, including the government, should force me to do so unless “I” (that would be me and mine) choose to do so. I know, I know, this is more “right-wing drivel.” At least I don’t have a circle to think outside of, I try to look at the overall picture, not just what benefits me.
-- Steve Barker