Republicans are reaping
Anti-Trump Republicans wonder how and why Donald Trump is heading toward nomination. They need only look at their own behavior in Congress.
When they began their tenure by saying their aim was to make President Obama fail, they forgot that it meant they would fail too.
People who are angry, having lost jobs, homes and educational opportunities for their children, were dealt continuing blows because Republicans failed to act on the president’s agenda. They refused to sufficiently fund infrastructure rebuilding, renewable energy, affordable higher education opportunity loans and grants, refused to fully fund cost-saving measures in the Affordable Care Act, child day care, pre-K, and long term care – all programs that provide non-exportable jobs, and support American families.
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Finally, they failed to correct two dismal rulings by the Supreme Court: eroding the Voting Rights Act and Citizens United, which allows oceans of money to distort democracy, and created primary candidates who can persist in pandering to the fears and churning the hatreds of those who feel left behind, led by Trump.
Chamber on HB 2
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce believes discrimination is a business issue, and we oppose any legislation that allows discrimination and diminishes North Carolina’s reputation as a welcoming place for employers and employees. In 2012, we were proud to play a leadership role in organizing business opposition to North Carolina’s now-unconstitutional Amendment 1 and we will continue to voice our support for civil rights. Today we join with many of our members in publicly expressing our opposition to HB 2 as bad for business and bad for North Carolina.”
Price on Cuba
I was honored to join President Obama and several of my congressional colleagues for this historic visit to Cuba. After 57 years of mutual distrust and an ever-widening economic and cultural divide between Cuba and the United States, the remarkable diplomatic progress made by the president, Secretary Kerry, and other American officials over the past several months gives our two countries the chance of a new beginning. As President Obama made clear in his address, the Cuban government must still be held to account for its gross human rights and political abuses, and we have a long way to go before relations are normalized. But I strongly believe that diplomatic engagement and inclusion in the international community will greatly benefit the Cuban people, who have suffered through generations of isolation.
U.S. Rep David Price
Look at gun deaths
I have a request from the Americans for Democratic Action requesting that gun makers no longer be free from lawsuits for injury from their guns.
This as just another attempt by these people to attack not just the gun makers but also on our rights to defend ourselves as given us by our Creator and enshrined in our Bill of Rights. It could destroy these manufacturers or drive up the costs of their products. Which is their goal.
But let us look at their figure of some 33,000 annual deaths from guns. I believe that about 11,000 are suicides. Is it right for their families to sue the gunmaker? Should we also sue owners of tall buildings, bridges, drugs, and even bathtub makers when suicides are committed with these?
How many deaths are from legitimate use in self-defense? Should the makers get a bonus check from the government? Americans use guns many thousands of times a year to defend themselves, their families, and their homes, often without firing a shot.
If a drunk driver kills somebody, should his car maker be sued? Or the liquor maker? Or the bar owner or liquor store? Nonsense. The drunk driver is the one who killed the victim? HE is the one responsible.
It makes far more sense to sue the shooter, not his tool. And if a thug is shot during a gang fight, who decides which unknown gun was involved.
This idea to sue the gunmaker is just another leftist-hoplophobic attack on a basic American right.
The Legion land on Legion Road is the last open land and should be kept that way. Legion Road is not wide enough to carry traffic for 600 apartments.
I understand that affordable housing is needed more than luxury ones. Yet nothing has been built for low-income people. The land suggested for these apartments is very steep and unsuitable for housing. It’s next to the cemetery on Legion Road. The people who live in Colony Lake do not need more traffic on Legion Road. It is already heavy enough with city buses and school buses, and the cars of the residents in the area.
The council and city planners can only see dollar signs. A lovely park made from the Legion Hut property would keep the traffic low and allow some open space.
It's poor planning to gobble up every bit of land for housing. The building on Elliot Road gets higher and higher and more and more ugly. City planning is not all about making money. It’s also about keeping building in harmony with each other. At least we could save the Legion Hut property from the greedy developers.
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