As a grandfather of a 12-year-old African American male, I am seriously concerned about him. This is due to the recent acquittal of Michael Dunn of first-egree murder charges in the death of Jordan Davis, a young African American male. This is similar to the acquittal George Zimmerman of second degree murder charges of Travon Martin, another African American male teenager. In both cases, the shooters were armed and white while the victims were unarmed and African American. In both cases, the shooters perceived that there was a threat to their lives. In both cases, the threat was unreal.
There is now beginning to appear an obvious pattern in America in which young African American males are being killed by white adult males under the assumption that their lives are in danger. This has been brought on by the passage of such laws as "Stand Your Ground."
Under such laws, facts have become irrelevant. What is more important is the assumption or feeling that one's life is in danger.
It is becoming obvious that racial fears and prejudices, especially of whites, are becoming more obvious. The style of clothing, music, body language, and mannerisms has put African American young males most at risk.
The tragedy of this is not only that an innocent young African American male had his life taken, but that Michael Dunn will probably spend 60 years in prison on attempted murder charges. Even though his defense was not based on the Stand Your Ground Law, the similarities are present.
The NAACP, Columbus, Georgia, Branch supports Senate Bill 280 to amend Article 2, Chapter 3 Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated in repealing the statute relating to no duty to retreat prior to the use of force.
President, Columbus NAACP
Right -- to a point
The author of" End-of-life decisions matter" correctly states that New Mexico's Judge Nan Nash ruled on January 13 that mentally competent patients who are terminally ill have the RIGHT to a doctor who will end their lives, joining Vermont, Montana, Washington and Oregon.
What he author did not mention is that the Hemlock Society filed a lawsuit on behalf of two doctors and a 50-year-old cancer patient named Aja Riggs. he was seeking to legalize requests for lethal treatment. The woman's cancer is now in remission. It is clearly evident that the author's wish that Georgia follow suit is a slippery slope -- the person requesting death now has life. Some states have abolished the death penalty on the grounds that an innocent person was wrongly condemned to die. Errors in assessing whether a disease is terminal or whether the patient is mentally competent confound the issue. Another confounder is that relatives may serve as witnesses to a patient's assisted suicide making decisions for good or ill.
It is the position of the Catholic Church and some Protestants that life proceeds from birth to natural death. What people have a right to is good medicine and good doctors to care for them from birth to natural death. "We are concerned about helping people dealing with pain and being merciful, but we are also concerned about protecting life."
Regarding the "slippery slope," Belgium has now by law extended the right to assisted death to children and are now considering the same right to the frail and mentally ill. Both Switzerland and the Netherlands are considering similar legislation. I hope the author sees where this is going.vbRemember the holocaust! From a religious point of view: "One day that we take from a patient's life might be the day that they reconcile themselves with God, and none of us want to take that from anyone."
I agree that everyone should have a Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney for health care.
Money for nothing
Bill Gates liberal extraordinaire If he's so sure about throwing good money at liberal educational ideas, then why doesn't he just give it all to his home state of Washington instead of trickling his vaunted billions out a grant at a time? I'm talking all $60-plus billion of it, and in, say, five years, let's see if Washington State's education system is perfect, or will Washington educators be back looking for more money?
Our Imperial President has decided to go it alonenin governing our great nation. His lack of leadership has exacerbated the already partisan situation in Congress. The biggest problem is he doesn't know how to, and doesn't want to, compromise. His socialist/Marxist ideology is not accepting of solutions to problems offered by others; especially, by the Republicans.
Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the communist Democratic members of Congress also refuse to work with the Republicans, thereby re-enforcing the gridlock immobilizing Congress and, thus, preventing any legislation benefitting the people.
Compromise is the keystone that supports, and makes possible, the continued viability of our constitutional republic. Not compromise of principles, but the reaching of a consensus on the best method to achieve a goal beneficial to the citizens. The people have a responsibility to demand that of the ones they elected to represent them in Congress. The liberal Democratic members of Congress dismiss, with contempt, the interest of their constituents. They must be removed from office, along with this president.