President Donald Trump’s proposed 2020 federal budget includes major cuts for libraries, reducing funding from $242 million in 2019 to $23 million and seeking to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Libraries are a crucial part of our society, and the impulse to cut their funding shows a profound lack of understanding of the role they play in modern life. The budget cuts seem to take libraries to be a relic of the past rather than the pathway to the future. After all, millennials are the generation most likely to use libraries, according to Pew research. If we want students who become educated, employed members of our society, we should be increasing library funding, not cutting it. Libraries are community centers that the young and old rely on. They’re noncommercial spaces where the public can access news and research about popular subjects and the more arcane. Libraries don’t just lend books; some let users borrow everything from medical supplies … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s proposed federal cuts to libraries send the wrong message
If it were up to Sheriff William D. Snyder, there would be no plea deal for Robert Kraft — or any of the other men charged with soliciting prostitution at Florida day spas accused of sex trafficking. “We have an opportunity here to put hundreds of men under the full sanction of law as a message that this is a real problem. This is a human rights issue,” said the man who launched the investigation that sprawled across several Florida counties. “And someday, an enlightened society will look back on us and judge us as having been woefully inadequate in our fight against this.”Snyder is sheriff of Martin County, and Kraft was charged in neighboring Palm Beach, where a different state attorney is offering a plea deal that would dismiss the men’s cases and expunge their records. The offered terms are still humiliating: The 25 men charged with soliciting prostitutes would be required to admit guilt, complete 100 hours of community service, pay court fees, … [Read more...] about Does plea deal for Robert Kraft send the wrong message?
Volkswagen makes respectable, striking vehicles and they have a right to be justifiably proud of them. This isn’t the issue. My issue is with their ad agency and the fact Volkswagen allowed this particular ad to be shown. The ad in question is unworthy of Volkswagen. It shows a family scheming and lying to school authorities, stating that their Uncle Edward has died, when they actually wanted the day off to enjoy an outing in their new Volkswagen. Volkswagen and their ad agency completely failed to consider the unintended consequences of an ad that approves lying and machination to gain an unwarranted end result. It sends the wrong message to our young people. Why can’t businesses produce ads that stress right over wrong, build character and reinforce morals in our youth, thereby performing a valuable public service. Why have not parents and teachers voiced objections to ads of this nature? It is my hope that Volkswagen reconsiders this nonconstructive ad and pays … [Read more...] about Walter Meller letter: Car ad sends the wrong message
Quandre Diggs summed it up about right Tuesday when he tweeted the three letters that everyone knows what they mean – “Wtf!” The Detroit Lions traded leading receiver Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles two hours before the NFL trade deadline for the very fair price of a 2019 third-round draft pick. Tate is 30 years old and on an expiring contract, a free-agent-to-be who was clear that he wanted market value on his next deal, something the cap-conscious Lions were wise to avoid. But my problem — and probably Diggs’ problem and the problem of many others reacting to the news — is what Tuesday’s move means to a team that, no matter what you think of their chances, is still in the thick of a crowded NFC North race. The Lions are 3-4 and in last place in the division, but just a game out of first place with no dominant team up top. The Chicago Bears are good, the Minnesota Vikings are better, and the Green Bay Packers have the best player on the … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions trading Golden Tate sends wrong signal to locker room
Cypress, Texas (CNN)Dortha Biggs enters through the front door and rushes to greet her daughter, Lesli, who sits in a recliner, curled in fetal position. Mother and daughter lock hands and begin a ritualistic rubbing of hands, the only way they can communicate. It's rhythmic and intimate, beautiful and heartbreaking. Lesli squeals as her mother holds her right hand and pats her left. A smile starts to radiate from Lesli's face. "Looka there," Dortha says. "Are you going to smile? Can you smile? There's that smile!" Ever since Lesli was born 48 years ago, Dortha has longed to hear her daughter say a single word. She cried more tears than anyone can imagine, rocking young Lesli every night for years on end. Mom would get maybe an hour or two of sleep before heading off to her teaching job. Read More "Because you just care so much," Dortha says. Dortha contracted rubella when she was 2½ weeks pregnant, before she even knew that she was expecting. Although she got better, the … [Read more...] about Mom at center of ‘wrongful birth’ debate: If lawmakers cared, they would have called