Immigration decision?missed a major point
The Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. United States, No. 11-182, invalidating most of the anti-immigrant Arizona law, SB 1070, affirmed that state immigration enforcement laws like these violate our Constitution as well as our national values and interests.
However, the court got it wrong when it narrowly let SB 1070's so-called "show me your papers" provision stand.
The "show me your papers" provision requires state police officers to make a "reasonable attempt … to determine the immigration status" of any person they stop, detain, or arrest on some other legitimate basis if they have a "reasonable suspicion" that the person "is an alien and is unlawfully present in the United States."
While the law states that "race, color or national origin" may not be used to form the basis of "reasonable suspicion" that someone is an alien unlawfully present in the United States, this provision nevertheless encourages discrimination against people based on the way they look and speak, even against those who have been American citizens all their lives.
Although the court left the door open to strike the racial profiling provision at a later date, in the meantime, the constitutional and civil rights of many Arizonans hang in the balance.
The Department of Justice must redouble its efforts to ensure that the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans are protected against these kinds of racial profiling laws.
SB 1070 is not the answer. We don't need a patchwork of 50 different, potentially unconstitutional, state laws. Instead, we need Congress and the president to work together to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Recording devices?are needed in court
Lee Coppola's June 29 "Cameras in courtrooms can bolster public confidence" Viewpoints piece hit a nerve.
I have had the unnerving experience of being in a local town courtroom where a judge blatantly sided with a contractor, going against certified inspection reports of violations.
I walked out of that courtroom shaken, knowing it was being swept under the carpet due mainly to one critical factor.
There was no record of the minutes! Recording audio and video devices would be an excellent addition in striving for justice. There should not be a courtroom in the land allowed to function without a recorded means of monitoring.
How often common sense eludes us. These steps are much more meaningful than, say, "soda pop" restrictions.
Conservative position?ignores historical facts
Since the Supreme Court ruling the Republican/tea party forces have increased their position against so-called Obamacare. Nothing is totally wrong or right. The opposition to Obamacare is neither all wrong or right.
The Supreme Court ruling (law of the land) is incorrect according to the tea party, but they want things to be their way no matter what.
At the forefront is calling part of Obamacare a tax. They are totally against the government increasing its income no matter what it's for, and take a position paraphrasing President Reagan, who reduced taxes to assist the U.S. economy.
They forgot to add he also had to increase taxes to make up for lost government income.
President George W. Bush reduced taxes over 20 percent, whicht had a minimal effect on our economy. He is the only president who ever started a war and reduced taxes.
All this points to government income being put under pressure. Meanwhile, the American population has increased, putting more need for greater income to run the country.
We know the position of the opposition party. They even want to give more tax cuts.
I wish they would explain how and who would run the government with reduced income.
Romney only cares?about his own kind
I have to laugh when I read about how because Mitt Romney has raised millions of dollars in just a few hours that somehow this means everyday working Americans are supporting him. However, a look at his donors reveals quite a different story.
When you have a handful of plutocrats who have pledged millions to buy him the presidency, you have to wonder why. Is it so he can fight for the middle class? I think not.
Already he has pledged to overturn the Affordable Care Act, which he created, and in doing so he will raise health care costs. This will also make insurance companies not have to spend 85 cents of every dollar on actual health care.
Romney wants more deregulation of Wall Street because they should be able to blow it up again – after all, it's the free market. His record at Bain Capital clearly shows he is a man more concerned with profit over people.
He is such a patriot he does not keep his money in this country, but in foreign banks. He is the new billionaire's president-to-be, bound to undo regulations and social safety nets that have been in place for years. He believes we should profitize everything, shrink government and if you can't pay, too bad.
Don't believe all the Romney hype, look behind the man and see what he has done and recognize he is not going to be for the middle class. Do your homework and see what he really has in store.
He is the plutocrat's president – government by the wealthy for the wealthy, but not for you and me, unless you're worth millions.
RESTORE Act will have?a positive effect on the gulf
Remember the Deepwater BP oil mega-disaster along the gulf coast?
Along with passage in both houses of the transportation bill and student loan rate extension, the House and Senate have agreed to the RESTORE Act, dedicating 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties from the BP Deepwater Horizon mess to gulf coast restoration.
The impact of BP's disaster will never be undone, but these penalties will provide a huge boost toward gulf coast restoration, recovery, jobs for people and habitat for birds and coastal sea life.
From the barrier islands of Texas to the Florida Everglades, up to $20 billion from BP will help five gulf coast states aid nature to rebuild ecosystems and foster re-growth of protective coastal wetlands – wetlands that in the past have kept hurricane waves from smashing uninterrupted onto land and people.
The RESTORE Act, awaiting the president's signature, will be a giant step forward for America's gulf coast.