RE; "Explain" - Regena and Hugh - that 'content tag' or label on pillows and mattresses is not to be removed by the store. Any individual buyer can remove the tag whenever.
RE: Focus the Blame - Appropriate way for the young man to repay his debt to the society and possibly learn from his mistake would be to train him and put him on a work crew rebuilding the burned areas - or since he likes to play with fire, perhaps train him as a hot shot firefighter.
To Dr. Rose regarding 'girl' students' rights to confidential medical care through the school clinic: Here in the 21st century, even in states that require parental involvement in minors' health care decisions regarding abortion, a judge can excuse that child from the requirements. And, a teen seeking contraceptives is making a responsible choice and most likely will NOT decide not to be sexually active if denied birth control pills. Last time I checked, 'boy' children do not have to have their parent's permission to buy condoms, and their future is not as much at risk should their partner become pregnant. As far as the abortion issue, if you do not approve of a girl having access to this medical procedure without parental permission or involvement, then create the environment within your family and circle of friends that make it safe for the girl to talk about ALL best options for her if the situation arises. But do not impose your personal beliefs on whether someone 'should' get an abortion on everyone else. Much better a girl is referred for a medically safe abortion than her trying to abort through the weird home options kids pass around. Again, denying access to abortions is not going to erase the fact that abortions happen and have always happened; the overriding issue here is to keep the event safe and healthy.
To Bill Davis: That spoof video of the President physically attacking a CNN reporter is despicable because 1) a video posted even by the President himself of him physically attacking ANYONE is totally inappropriate; and 2) added to that, the implication of the President being against the freedom of the press which is codified in the Bill of Rights. Consider how you would have reacted to that video if President Obama or President Clinton (or Hillary Clinton, for that matter) had posted it with FOX instead of CNN. No one is forcing you to watch CNN. One could argue that this administration is trying to force people to only obtain information about the administration from administration-friendly news operations.
Re Holly Gove on internet privacy, who is trying to console us because nothing has changed. She states: "The bill that was recently signed into law prevented overreaching rules from taking effect and creating a disjointed and unclear privacy regime on the Internet. Nothing has changed in the way your online privacy is protected. The rules Walden voted to roll back...." She seems to have missed the point that regulations and rules are written based on laws that have been passed, and have a delayed effective date for implementation to allow time for putting compliance into action. The regulations were written to update and further protect us based on a law passed by Congress, so though technically 'nothing has changed', the fact is that the recent administration's action put a full stop to highly anticipated new privacy protections. Saying that 'nothing has changed' as a good thing would be comparable to an administration pulling newly written regulations for, say, requiring seat belt use in cars, before they take effect, and everyone saying it was okay because so far we had not used seat belts so our safety has not been affected.
Re "empty gesture": I see the bag ban as one small step to take in a complicated far ranging issue, rather than an empty gesture. I have been using my own bags for over 20 years now. If I assume the average per-family rate of 6 plastic bags a week (this is just for groceries), then my use of my own bags has kept over 6000 plastic bags out of the system. And that does not include other shopping I do with those bags.
Most recent figures show just under 126 million households in the USA; multiply that by 300 plastic bags per year and you see this is not a small thing. Or, assuming approximately 3000 households in Hood River alone, you see the numbers start adding up (or multiplying) pretty quickly.
RE; Why Laws? There ARE laws. And illegal immigrants do not get in line before disabled vets, etc. for federal benefits. Here is an article for you from the National Immigration Law Center that might help your understanding of how this works: https://www.nilc.org/issues/economic-support/overview-immeligfedprograms/. There are some benefits, which benefit public health or address emergency situations, for which illegal immigrants (actually, the term is "non-qualified persons" because the restrictions do not apply only to those here illegally), and in states that have passed law affording more state-funded services to the undocumented or their families.
RE: people freaking out about paying a nickel for a bag - If I am in line and hear someone complaining, I will use the suggested ploy of handing them a bunch of nickels rather than directly calling them out on being rude. To date I have not seen that happen, though I have seen a few people headed out the door with a cart full of loose items - apparently preferring the inconvenience to paying maybe a quarter for bags.
Kathy Schwartz - Walden is holding a town hall here in Hood River on April 8th, 4:30 pm at Hood River Middle School on May Street. I know he has a few others that day too but did not keep the complete list. Watch for announcements in the local paper, possibly just a few days beforehand as he does not always give a lot of notice. You can also follow him on FB to get notices.
David Bohlmann - Perhaps if POTUS45 were not governing by Tweet and were to recognize that context matters, and would take time to explain said context, there would be fewer "hysterical" reactions. And no fair deciding what the context is going to be based on reaction to the Tweet that comes out before it is explained.
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