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Thursday, October 23, 2014

‘Guest column’ Archives

Female Protester Arrested for Attempting to Pass

Female Protester Arrested for Attempting to Pass Through Airport Security Scanner in Underwear

RALEIGH-DURHAM, N.C. — The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of a North Carolina woman who was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after she stripped down to her underwear at a Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) checkpoint to protest the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) whole body imaging scanners. Police arrested and charged Siobhán Cooke with disorderly conduct as a result of her act of protest at RDU on June 2, 2011. Attorneys for The Rutherford ... Full Story

Bank robbery for health care

Bank robbery for health care

In what can only be described as a new low for the for-profit healthcare system, 59-year-old Richard James Verone held up a bank for $1 with the hopes of going to prison and obtaining prison health care. In Gaston County, North Carolina, Verone showed up at the RBC bank, presented the teller with a note indicating he was robbing the bank in the amount of $1, and after receiving the dollar from the teller, sat down to wait for the police to arrive. The former Coca-Cola delivery driver's ... Full Story

Slices of Life: Learning to relax

Slices of Life: Learning to relax

  By: Jill Pertler     Forced relaxation. It’s an oxymoron of terms, but all too real in our present day culture. Technology has us plugged in, turned on and connected 24/7. The only way we can relax is if we are forced to do so. That’s because we value productivity and time-management nearly as much as we value cell phone apps and electric gizmos. We’ve even coined phrases like multi-tasking to describe our prowess with the concept of busy. There’s no ... Full Story

A delightful afternoon with the IRS

Rev. James L. Snyder I do not get as many letters as I used to do, which may be due to the Internet or to the fact that I do not have as many literate friends as I used to. I still like getting a letter, as long as it is a letter and not a bill. Bill used to write me but he was always asking for money. I did get a letter this past week. It was unexpected but it was from a family member. Good old Uncle Sam sent me an epistle this past week. I was anxious to see how he was getting along. I ... Full Story

Representative Gardner’s Republican Leadership Tries

Representative Gardner’s Republican Leadership Tries to End Social Security

  House Republican Leaders, including Congressman Pete Sessions, the man responsible for getting Representative Cory Gardner (CO-04) re-elected, introduced legislation to end Social Security as we know it - starting immediately. Gardner already voted for the controversial Republican plan to end Medicare, while protecting subsidies for Big Oil and tax breaks for millionaires, and increasing the debt ceiling by $2 trillion. “After following his Republican leadership and voting to ... Full Story

One word not in my vocabulary

One word not in my vocabulary Rev. James L. Snyder I have long been an avid reader of Webster's New World dictionary of the American language. My well-thumbed copy suggests I have done a lot of reading in it. It is the one book within easy reach of my study. Although I enjoy reading it, it does not have much of a plot. Whenever I get the idea that I know many words, and people can be proud of stupid things like this, I pull down my dictionary and begin reading. Although I have read it ... Full Story

Life’s Outtakes – The Contest For The Best

By Daris Howard   I was practicing the 100 meter hurdles when a young man came running up to me. “Coach wants you in his office immediately! ” I hurried in, and found three other young men already there. Coach frowned as I entered. “Kinda slow, Howard. ” “Sorry, Sir, ” I replied. “I was at the track. ” Coach turned so he could face all four of us. “You are to report to the journalism room. ” “Should we change first? ” I asked. “No, and ... Full Story

The right’s mirror-image view of life

The right’s mirror-image view of life

Anti-abortion campaigners in the US fail to value life lost through war, or those taken by a punitive justice system. In Al Jazeera Opinion by: Cliff Schecter Yesterday, I pulled up to a drive-through ATM, and sitting in front of me in the line was a car with a license plate that simply stated, "Choose Life". Who can argue with that? I support life, don't you? The problem, of course, is the relationship between that phrase and the US right wing. You know, the ones who are petrified ... Full Story

Congress to Palestinians: Drop dead

Congress to Palestinians: Drop dead

Netanyahu's address to Congress demonstrated that he has no intention of making peace with the Palestinians. Opinion by MJ Rosenberg If anyone had any doubt about whether the Palestinians would declare a state in September, they can't have them now. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to Congress that essentially was a series of insults to Palestinians and every insult was met by applause and standing ovations. In fact, ... Full Story

Slices of Life, Our house rules

Slices of Life, Our house rules

  Slices of Life By: Jill Pertler The title of this column may lead you to believe I entertain a lofty perception of my house – as in my house rules the universe. While that may be true (but not really), the “rules” cited in the title refer to a noun, not a verb. Rules: Directives involving the correct time to go to bed, the necessity of frequent tooth brushing and the value of vegetables. In other words, the things every kid detests. I penned the following tidbits ... Full Story

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