0 View Comments Since we are known to be a God-fearing community, I would like to see what we think about secular law versus divine law. At issue is the contradiction in the fear-based conservative war against people fleeing persecution, crime, disorder, and the kind of poverty we can barely imagine. The latest salvo is a spiteful Gazette column accusing Christian churches of aiding and abetting illegal immigration and thereby violating government law. Michelle Malkin, under the headline of "Criminal Churches," apparently believes human laws are superior to laws of the Christian religion. To be honest, conservative religion has always fought government laws which are at odds with traditional teachings, especially in regard to abortion, gay marriage, even divorce. Then there is the matter of lesser things like taxes, gun purchase background checks, zoning, etc. Many conservatives have no problem with disobeying the government in such matters and agitating fiercely against what … [Read more...] about COLUMN: Immigration law merits civil disobedience
It was America’s founders that first introduced the concept of pursuing happiness as an inalienable right.It was revolutionary. No one until them had declared that government should be built upon the rights of the governed. Of course, in establishing that government, the same blokes allowed white people to own black people, creating a structure of misery, sadness and evil in a government that espoused the opposite.Happiness is clearly a relative term. For ages, scholars, philosophers, legislators and lawyers have debated its meaning and how the pursuit of it fits into the messy reality of a Democratic republic.Today, happiness, and its pursuit, is not just an issue for the academies, courts and legislative halls but also one for individuals, which is now assessed and measured.We live in an era of happiness — and its cohort, unhappiness — as employers, businesses, and communities strive to meet people’s demand to keep them happy.Maybe it’s the Founding … [Read more...] about Don Cunningham column: We’re connected to everything — and nothing — and unhappy
James Hoffa Published 10:55 p.m. ET May 1, 2018 The Teamsters have been vocal in their call for multiemployer pension reform for years. But now the union and its members are redoubling our efforts and ramping up the fight on Capitol Hill to let lawmakers and their aides know what is at stake and how a piece of legislation co-sponsored by five members of Michigan’s congressional delegation is the right vehicle to fix the retirement mess facing some 1.5 million people nationwide. Last week, local union officials from all across the country trekked up to the Hill to speak to their members of Congress about the importance of supporting the Butch Lewis Act of 2017, a bill that would boost financially-troubled multiemployer pensions so they don’t fail. It would create an agency under the Treasury Department that would sell bonds in the open market to large investors such as financial firms. They explained how their members and Teamster retirees are fearful for their futures … [Read more...] about Column: Union pension fight heats up at Capitol
This is not my last post. At least as far as I know this minute in time. Because I have an incurable brain disease my life will likely be shortened; I just don't know by how much. So this has me thinking about my last post. Why think ahead to my last post? I don't really want to think about it. How bad will I be when I can no longer type. I may not even know my last post when I write it. But I'm thinking about it because I want to make the life I have now as precious as I can. With full knowledge of my assets and deficits, financially and physically. I want to provide for a smooth transition for me and my family. Let's call it transition defense. Let's make super difficult times into not-so-difficult times. It's easier to smile, laugh and be with your loved ones if you aren't worried about how to pay the light bill after retirement. Don't wait to make plans for your death.Mike Oliver | [email protected] Everybody is going to die. There has been no change in the human … [Read more...] about Is this my last column?
May 1, 2018 By Jeremy Alford Being a Democratic member of the Louisiana Legislature isn’t always unicorns, rainbows and lollipops. Sometimes it can get a little rough. They’re outnumbered on both sides of the Capitol — 41 to 64 in the House and 14 to 25 in the Senate. That means Democrats have to play well with others to obtain majority floor votes; they can’t pass anything of significance alone. (But they can block important legislation if they stick together, like the bond financing bill for statewide construction projects, which stalled on the House floor this week.) They’ve lost their shared leverage this term as well, especially with Republicans holding the Legislature’s top two leadership spots. Plus the GOP has a chokehold on the lower chamber’s committee process, which has really gummed up the works these past 29 months. Few, if any, of the party’s chief policy priorities have gained traction. Even the Senate, which has long … [Read more...] about ALFORD’S OPINION COLUMN: Democrats Still Finding Their Way At Capitol