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Jesus said that people are to refrain from passing judgment on the servant of another. None are answerable to anyone but God in this matter, so it would behoove everyone else to butt out and learn to live and let live! What, after all, does God require of us but to love kindness, to do justice and to walk humbly with our God?
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Like it or not, police and other law enforcement people are those trained and designated to respond to situations involving risk to life and limb from others with apparent criminal intent. Multiple weapons (yes, handguns are primarily weapons) at an active crime scene only complicate the situation and further endanger the lives of civilians and officers alike by lengthening the time it takes an officer to determine who is and who is not present to do physical harm to the innocent. There is a much deeper issue at work here in a society that thinks that being armed to the teeth at all times is some kind of talisman against evil. In this life bad things do happen to good people, and guns are no deterrent to that.
Why not install additional pipe across Mr. Redburn's property and backfill over it? If necessary, add a grated drain over the pipe run, as well, to take care of runoff from Mr. Redburn's property. This doesn't seem like rocket science.
In the 1970s we emptied out the State Mental Health hospitals with the assurance that the people would be discharged to local mental health centers where they would be cared for in the midst of a community of family and friends. Instead, a majority of these were discharged to the streets and the promised care never developed much beyond the promise. Now, mental health services, like other health care has been rolled up into the for-profit health care business. Those who cannot afford the fees simply get shuffled to venues ill equipped to help them.
When (not if) the mining operation results in contamination of groundwater, the game is over and the water is ruined for perpetuity. This kind of roughshod behavior from industry makes more and more of the country unsafe for human habitation. Promises from industry to the contrary, all they amount to is making people hold still until they can be shaken down and left with an impossible clean up after the industry has made a clean getaway.
The arts provide the venue that inspires creativity, kindles the embers of hope and drives a society forward. It is not the dessert, but the meat and potatoes of successful cultures. Cut the arts and fewer and fewer businesses will want to move to the area, our people will starve for the lack of sustenance for their spirits and we will live in a squalid and crime-ridden, two dimensional hell.
Any benefit from uranium fueled nuclear reactors is far outweighed by their dangers--contamination of coolant water, breakdown of fuel rods and of course, the by-product, plutonium, which is only good for making horrendous WMD. Thorium, on the other hand, is a far safer fuel and reactors using it require 1/10th the physical footprint of an equivalent uranium powered reactor. Thorium reactors use no coolant water and their waste product decomposes in 200 years, as opposed to thousands. They can be safely installed and operated in close proximity to populated areas. Thorium technology was developed by the Atoms for Peace program in 1958, but was shelved by cold war hawks in favor of uranium that would produce plutonium for bombs.
Sooo, the current administration is taking heat for the hardships of small businesses, while the banks who were bailed out are the ones playing hardball with their customers. Banks who treat their customers so shabbily do not deserve to have any. Another really good business bites the dust because the banks changed their rules in midstream. What a horrible shame!
Having been in the insurance business since 1982, I think the judge needs to find out who the beneficiary of the life insurance policies is. That trumps all the sensationalism about sex change operations, etc., which have no relevant legal bearing on the issue. Life insurance passes outside the estate, unless the estate was made the beneficiary. If Mr. Araguz' mother's name does not appear as beneficiary, she is out of luck. If she is contingent beneficiary, she will have to wait until the primary beneficiary dies. If Mr. Araguz' estate is the benficiary, he received poor counsel from his insurance agent.
What a non-issue! The companies who produce canned and other prepared foods already dictate how much salt is in them, so we have no say in the matter. Take the salt out, and allow people to use their salt shakers as they see fit.