The War Followed Him Home
Veterans discuss PTSD and the suicide of a brother in arms
Joseph Callan was shocked and saddened when he heard about the Jan. 13 death of Iraq veteran Kenneth Ellis III. And he was angry.
It's that time again. Our legislators made their way to the Roundhouse for a 30-day session that began Tuesday, Jan. 19. It's a short one, and they have to find a way to tame a gnarly budget. It's likely the cash shortfall will eat up most of their time and attention this year. Here's a look at that issue and some of the other measures on the Legislature’s plate in 2010.
Ortiz y Pino
The Audacity of Soap
Every morning for the past few months I’ve washed my hands with a small bar of clear soap. Embedded in the cleanser is a miniature of the now-iconic blue-and-red silkscreened portrait of President Barack Obama. Surrounding his serious visage staring resolutely into the future are the words: “The Audacity of Soap.”
Odds & Ends
Dateline: Sweden—For a group of dieters in south-central Sweden, the shedding of the pounds didn’t come quick enough. The floor of a Weight Watchers clinic in the town of Växjö collapsed last Wednesday night after a group of about 20 program participants gathered to record their weight loss. “We suddenly heard a huge thud. We almost thought it was an earthquake and everything flew up in the air. The floor collapsed in one corner of the room and along the walls,” one of the participants told the Smålandsposten newspaper. After the initial collapse, the floor started to give way in other parts of the room. The participants quickly evacuated as the smell of sewage started to fill the room. “We’re going to have to find a replacement premises,” Weight Watchers consultant Therese Levin told the newspaper. The dieters, who were unharmed in the incident, ended up weighing themselves in a hallway outside the collapsed room.
Although I have come to expect factual inaccuracies from your often emotionally charged, predominately liberal readership, the letter titled "Religious Freedom and Health Care" [Dec. 31-Jan. 6] was so riddled with glaring misinformation that I was surprised your editor did not offer a correction. No matter, I'll do it for you. First of all, the "abortion amendment," passed by the House, prohibits federal funds from being spent on "on-demand" abortion procedures—this much is true. However, unbeknownst to Ms. Miller, the bill does provide a few exceptions, one of which just happens to be in case of "the life of the mother." This not only makes the bill conform to current federal law, it also would bring it in line with majority opinion on this issue—not to mention Ms. Miller's specific case, which would definitely be covered under this amendment. Also, although the amendment forbids taxpayer money from being spent on elective abortion, it does NOT prohibit someone from spending their OWN money on the abortion itself, nor does it stop someone from purchasing a health plan, with their own money once again, that covers it. Thomas Jefferson once wrote, in his “Statutes on Religious Freedom” (how relevant!), "To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." So, be it resolved that in a free society it is just as immoral to compel Don Schrader to spend his money on "the war machine," as it is for pro-life Joe Blow in Nebraska to pay for an abortion by some 15-year-old girl in California. Is that unreasonable, Ms. Miller?