Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I watched where Ohio executed Dennis McGuire, who murdered a pregnant woman 25 years ago. They said he suffered for 20 minutes and his lawyers are crying boo-hoo. I say he didn’t suffer long enough.
He got to live 25 years; the mother suffered and baby never saw the light of day and now he gets national attention for his 20 minutes of suffering.
Something is wrong here; he didn’t suffer long enough.
Losing a friend is difficult; fortunately a proper good-bye took place before I knew Carroll Davis was so ill. We met in July 2003 — then 74, he guided a hike I participated in to Elk Meadow. He’d encouraged me to “go for it!” although just six months out from my second THR.
Carroll said he enjoyed that particular hike “like no other,” yet hung back with me when we came to the infamous rock-slide. The others went on while we enjoyed the scenery, lunch and I had a personal biology/horticulture lesson; I truly wished at the time for a recorder.
Last fall I gave him one of my irregular calls to ask his opinion about outdoor books for my family, having only “Curious Gorge” at the time. He recommended “Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge,” by R. Jolley; “Trees & Shrubs of Washington State,” by Lyons and “Hiking in the Columbia Gorge,” by Schneider. He further advised to buy used and as a result I found three of each for an average of $4! One from an Arizona library was only $1!
Reporting back, Carroll was genuinely as pleased as me. He was that kind of man.
Say hello to your Lorraine for me, will you, my inspirational, young-at-heart friend?
Still have a dream
Last week I was deeply moved by OPB’s “American Experience,” which focused on the summer of 1964. What I found so moving was the dedication and devotion people felt about the need for equality — among races and genders.
Forty years later, and we’re still wrestling with equality, this time in the issue of same-sex marriage. I realize that for some, the issue is one of religion. As a local clergy person, I understand this; but I am also called to respect the dignity of every human being.
How are we respecting the dignity of every human being if we deny some the opportunity to have their loving, committed relationships recognized by the state?
While we reflect on the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week, I think we are invited to also reflect on equality for all — not just for some.
I, too, have a dream for a more equal society.
Raising minimum wage
In response to “Question for workers” (Our Readers Write, Anne Vance, Jan. 18): Not all Republicans are bad and not all Democrats are good. There are pros and cons to raising minimum wage and both sides have legitimate arguments.
One thing for sure though: Somebody new to the job market (teens) will have even a harder time finding work as employers will search even harder for experienced workers.
And let’s not forget that in 2014, employers with 50 or more full-time workers will be required to provide a package of “essential health benefits” or pay a penalty. This government-mandated package will add a whopping $1.79 an hour to the cost of hiring an employee.
Maybe that’s affordable when you’re hiring lawyers or bankers, but not for hiring unskilled first-time workers.
The federal tax burden is the lowest it’s been since World War II.
Taxes are going down, not up!
Check the facts on the Office of Management and Budget website for yourself (http://1.usa.gov/KuoxK4, Table 2.3 Receipts by Source as Percentage of GDP 1934-2018).
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge