"Officials here, believing they are free of the latest round of challenges to Tennessee’s death penalty, recently asked the state Supreme Court for execution dates for 10 death row inmates. "
"One of those 10, Billy Ray Irick, is scheduled to die Jan. 15 for raping and killing a 7-year-old Knoxville girl he had been baby-sitting in 1985."..
I wonder if Mr. Bennett would like to do a funny-feel good cartoon about saving this Bill Ray from having a needle strapped to his arm?
The Times shows again the desire to be the "TigerBeat of the Tennessee"
"The NRA and other gun lobby organizations also have stepped up the push to loosen laws, and in Colorado, three state lawmakers resigned rather than face recall over their votes to toughen the law there."
Two were recalled, one resigned and passed the power back to the Democratic party by resigning rather than face the voters. I wonder if the Times has heard of Google.
"..which just after Newtown had a 90 percent public approval rating specifically for expanded background checks."
This number is from a dubious Washington Post poll. but if Corker really believed that poll do you think he would have voted no on Manchin-Toomey? Nevermind.
"Now, support for general gun control has dropped back to about 52 percent, a more traditional level."
The latest ones I have seen have been under 50%, what's a few points though. With that said, you just make a great argument to not write laws that impact up to "90%" of the American people during a 'crisis' or through your heart. You recall that Patriot Act.
Sandy Hook was tragic and everyone with a heart feels anger and grief about the acts committed by a madman. This article is not mentioning the mental health issues, complete irresponsibility of the Mother, or the fact that the Federal government is committing less than $100 million to mental health but spent 6-7 months of 2013 demonizing gun owners.
"R, your flippant response is typical of the conservative mindset. Nobody is asking for more than what is fair. $10/hr."
So, from a liberal mindset what is fair? I suppose we should leave that up to the government right? You mention that anyone who does not agree with you is not paying attention to the argument- but from what I can tell, most people on here understand basic econ 101.
So the cartoon is supposed to be a parody of the government providing the bare minimum to survive, i.e. the point is that when the government gives away services to the poor they should be giving lavish lobster dinners rather than meager survival portions.
I almost feel like I live in San Francisco after reading the Times opinion page today. Afraid of knives now or other peoples personal choices? Just stick to limiting my soda intake.
So what will this do? Raise the price of everything! Now your trip to Micky D's or BK will cost more for the same poor service. The poor will not benefit because of the inflation that will come when everyone has to raise their prices to cover the service industry employees. Minimum wage jobs should not been seen as careers and if you continue to work minimum wage jobs maybe you should look to get some training or skills that will help you make more. The average salary in Chattanooga is 48k- so now MW workers will make $9 for just showing up and people who have made multiple career moves to get to their career level- will get $23. Do you think that will go far at Mickey D's now?