This morning the Argus had so many interesting and provocative pieces, I feel inspired to ramble on them and violate one of my pet peeves: Threads that deteriorate into multiple unrelated and tangential commentary. I thought about splitting them into separate posts but that left me with two choices: Basically take over the entire first page or dribble them out such they lose concurrence with today’s Argus. So you get my ramble.
RACIAL PROFILING: Yvonne Hawkins takes a temperate approach to what appears to be blatant unacceptable behavior regarding admission to two Sioux Falls bars, the Liebrary and 18th Amendment. What a person wears is a statement about who you are (at least that is what the ?fashionistas? say all the time). If you take your fashion cues from hookers on the street, ghetto gangsters, or Nazi?s, you should expect me to make a judgment on who you are and don?t be surprised if it isn?t flattering. But, these young black men were not dressed as ?gangsters? and are known in the community as fine young men, yet they were still denied admission. It is hard not to reach the conclusion they were denied not based dress but the fact they are black. People who know them or people who know them (including my Augie-student daughter) don’t believe they were being “ganster-like.” My point: Yvonne, it appears ?racial profiling? is practiced in these bars and you were a bit too generous. My guess is these young men heard about the profiling and decided to do a little ?citizen sting operation.? As a community, we should respond with a 30 day boycott of these bars. Yes bar owner, you have the right to deny people you find undesirable but if you find people undesirable because of the color of the skin, we will show our disapproval by going somewhere else. http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011103250311
For background on what she is talking about: http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011103200318
CONSISTENCY ON STATE TAXES AND FEES: The Editorial Board is claiming the fee increase for the United Judicial Service and Game Fish and Parks makes the Governor “disingenuous” because he didn?t do the same thing for K-12 education. Hello! The UJS, Game Fish and Parks, Board of Regents and K-12 school districts are autonomous or semi-autonomous from the Governor?s office and have legal capacity to regulate their revenue stream. The Argus is the one being inconsistent. As they state, the school districts have an option for ?alternative revenue? via the opt out. Well, so does GF&P (campground user fees), UJS (various court charges and fines) and the Regents (tuition). The Argus is again showing their bias via a selective criticism and lack of intellectual vigor toward the Governor. They?d didn?t howl when just a few days ago, the Regents said they were going to partially meet the cutback with tuition increases. http://www.argusleader.com/article/20110325/VOICES01/103250305/-1/voices01/Editorial-consistent-taxes-fees
RIGHTS ARE RIGHTS AND NOT SUBJECT TO MAJORITY RULE: Leonard Pitts raises a good point on this but uses a bad example. Rights are not freedoms given to me by the government but are mine by virtue of the reality I?m a human being. All the government can do is recognize those rights and protect them from undue infringement. I have a right to form a home with whoever I want and a family within the constraints biology permits without unreasonable interference from the government. I have no right to demand the government endorse my arrangement or add whoever I want to add under my ?family tent.? If every privilege is a ?right?, we water down real rights and lose understanding rights are inherent.
WHAT THE HECK ARE WE DOING IN LIBYA?: When we went into Afghanistan, I supported it only to the extent it was to root out Bin Laden. When it grew to nation building, I opposed it and for awhile I had liberals agreeing with me until candidate Obama said it was the war we ?should be fighting.? I opposed going into Iraq because it appeared to have an excessive tilt toward nation-building and was roundly criticized by liberals and conservatives alike. After Bush?s famous ?Mission Accomplished,? when liberals joined me in my position (come home), I wasn?t very comfortable with the alliance because their position appeared to be mostly about criticizing Bush and not opposition to nation-building (their continued support of Afghanistan affirms my uneasiness regarding liberals sincerity of principle). The Argus headline is ?Why Libya? It?s complicated.? Actually, it isn?t. Our moron for a President doesn?t know what to do but feels a need to do something. In the end, unless we are willing to commit to a 10 year semi-occupation of Libya like we are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan, nothing will good will come from what we are doing. (Cover article doesn?t appear to be in the free online addition so no link)
BUSINESSES JOIN PROGRAM TO HELP EMPLOYEES WITH ADDICTION: Kevin Kirby has made his life mission to help people with addiction and I applaud him for it. He is a good man doing good work. Once again, business does the right thing by their employees with government mandate. In the end, like everything done without the heavy hand of the government, it will be done efficiently and effectively. Thanks Kevin. http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011103250301
THE FAMILY PICTURE OF AMERICA IS CHANGING: The United States was a nation founded on a revolutionary principle: each person has inherent dignity and rights bestowed on them by their Creator. Our nation consisted of natives, Western European immigrants or their descendants, and Blacks brought to America on slave ships. In our first 100 years, with intermittent steps backwards, we gradually better incorporated and internalized these principles in practice (most significantly when we freed the slaves). In the second 100 years, we began to integrate Eastern Europeans, moved forward slowly but steadily with regard to the treatment of Black Americans. With the exception the debacle with Native Americans, looking back through the prism of history America has dealt with more challenges of integration of diverse cultures, peoples and creeds than anywhere in the world and done a pretty good job at living up to our founding principles. In the 21st century, we will begin to embark on a new challenge- the integration of people from Latin America who represent 43% of America?s population growth and people of Asian descent. In Sioux Falls, in addition to Hispanics, we also have the privilege for welcoming people from the Sudan and other African nations. I have great hopes we have learned from the mistakes we made in the past with regard to our treatment of Irish immigrants, Polish and East European immigrants, and better and more quickly integrate these new people coming here for the same reasons: America is the land of opportunity for people desiring a better life for them and their family through family values, hard work, and love of home. God will continue to bless America so long as we continue to strive to live up to our core principle: Each person has dignity and inalienable rights granted to them by Him who made them.
(Again, the article regarding the change isn?t in the free online addition but here is a link to Sioux Falls immigration opportunity http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011102200309 )
NOT IN THE ARGUS BUT DARN EXCITING: Last night, the Youth Enrichment Services (a child care and other children services non-profit) announced it is becoming “The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of the Sioux Empire” and raised 40% more than its goal during these economic times to expand its programming and focus for underprivileged children. It is amazing and a testament of the generosity of the people of Sioux Falls. Way to go Bill Baker (campaign chair), his fundraising team, and Karen Fogas (President of the organization formerly known as YES)! You did good!