An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 22, 2007

Morning Coffee 4/22/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 10:01

Open doors on prison van cause stir

A state prison transport van on the side of the road with the back doors open caused some tense moments Saturday in Dodge County.

Notice they don’t mention if there were any prisoners in the van? If there weren’t, what’s the problem? If there were, who was the maroon that left the door open?

Immigrants ask to help set future of Nashville

The last of five community meetings on Nashville’s future was conducted partially in Spanish.

That’s because some of those who came to a downtown church Saturday morning were immigrants who said they were eager to share their thoughts on how to make Music City a friendlier and more affordable place to live — no matter what language its residents speak.

I’m sorry, but if you can’t speak the language, why should you have a say in the planning of a city that speaks English? If you want to conduct hearings in your native language, you should probably be in your native land.

Home front lonely for kin of GIs

Rachelle Crevoiserat, the 18-year-old fiancée of an Army reservist in Iraq, went to Saturday’s event at the local YMCA, “Dealing with Deployment 101,” for one reason – company.

We honor the troops as best we can, send messages, packages, etc. But we do tend to forget about their families. The are true heroes as well, and should be treated as such.

Cracks show under Iran’s strongman

As Ahmadinejad tells it, he had just laid out his prayer mat on the flat, fertile terrain of rural Zanjan when three shepherds appeared and began to chant. “Nuclear power is our inalienable right,” they cried in faithful unison.

Barring a Star in the East, isn’t hearing voices a sign of schizophrenia?

Vets fight for hospital in Valley

Every Sunday and Wednesday morning, small groups of military veterans, some in their faded camouflage shirts, stand patiently at designated locations in the Rio Grande Valley, waiting for the “vet van.”
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They’ll travel five hours to an appointment that took months to get. Sometimes, it’s for a specialized X-ray that takes 15 minutes. Sometimes it’s for a procedure that requires an overnight stay in San Antonio. And sometimes, veterans find, their appointment has been canceled.

This is totally unacceptable! Why can’t they see doctors in their own communities and have the VA deal with the paperwork and payment? Murderers, thieves and pedophiles get better medical care than our heroes!

NYC pledges 1 million new trees by 2017

One million new trees will join the urban landscape of New York City by the year 2017 to reduce air pollution, cool temperatures and help improve the city’s long term sustainability, officials said Saturday.

All those so called smart folks are just now figuring out they need trees? What are they going to do? Dig up the concrete?

In Turnabout, Infant Deaths Climb in South

The setbacks have raised questions about the impact of cuts in welfare and Medicaid and of poor access to doctors, and, many doctors say, the growing epidemics of obesity, diabetes and hypertension among potential mothers, some of whom tip the scales here at 300 to 400 pounds.

I’d blame the status quo of liberalism, no emphasis on education, and the acceptance of unwed teens pregnancies. Popping out babies like a gumball machine is NOT acceptable.

Why are they still driving?

“I understand the seriousness,” Morales told Judge Pamela Karahalios on March 16. “I’m getting some slack, and I’m thankful I’m getting a second chance.”

Then he walked out of the Cook County branch courthouse in Rolling Meadows, got into a white Mitsubishi and drove away — even though his driver’s license is suspended until 2013.

Indicative of many areas of our society. Laws aren’t enforced, so why bother abiding by them.

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