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Entries for the ‘News Commentary’ Category

The Koran-Burning Controversy

Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainsville, Florida had announced plans to burn copies of the Koran (the Muslim holy book) on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  The result was a great deal of media attention from around the world, which persisted even after Jones’ canceled his Koran burning plan.  [...]

My Thoughs on Clemency For Former IL Governor George Ryan

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), joined by other politicians, has asked President George Bush to commute the sentence of former IL Governor George Ryan.  My thoughts:

Cook County Sheriff Refuses to Serve Eviction Notices

Tom Dart, the Sheriff of Cook County, IL (which includes Chicago and many of its suburbs) has stated that he will stop serving eviction notices upon those people who are in default on their mortgage.  Dart says that it is not his job to “carry out work on behalf of the multi-billion-dollar banks and mortgage [...]

An Abuse of Copyright Law

Copyright law is intended to promote the advancements of the arts and sciences by allowing the creator of a work to benefit financially.  This incentive, it is reasoned, will encourage people to create art, music, books, movies, etc.  However sometimes copyright is abused, and used to suppress political discussion, as occurred here:

Chicago To Pay Public School Students for Grades

As reported, Chicago is running a pilot program that will pay students for grades.  Even earning a C results in a payment of $20.

Animal Cruelty

Animal Cruelty is something I am simply unable to understand, yet it appears to be all too common: