Should have been a trial
What comes to mind watching the Senate impeachment hearings are flashback to scenes of the old classic film "To Kill a Mockingbird" in which the jury has already made up its mind before the trial even starts.
But this is not a movie or a replica of the old segregated South. This is today and this is the United States Senate and they are our representatives.
We have values and mores that are instilled in us from grade one and one of them is the right to a fair trial judged by jurors, not the public. A trial not allowing witnesses is not a trial.
"Let's let the people decide in November" is not the way it is supposed to be done. It is the jury, in this case, the senators, who are entrusted to deliberate the verdict.
I think back to the Sacco and Vanzetti case 100 years ago in which a judge said yes, they deserve a retrial, but public opinion wants them executed and so it will be. We are still talking about Sacco and Vanzetti to this day. Hopefully, we will be talking about what is happening now in future gatherings and classrooms.
Whether we are Republican or Democrat, pro-Trump or anti-Trump, we should have had a trial.
"Democracy dies in Darkness" and we are approaching the remains of the day.
A lane for two
According to the Western Transportation Institute, rural areas make up more than 80% of the nation's land, and more than 1.6 million rural households do not own cars (Food and Rural Economics Division of ERS). In rural communities, often the nearest town or hospital can be hours away, and without a means of transportation, people often struggle to meet their daily needs, if they meet it at all. For children, senior citizens, and the working population, it could mean losing the right to get an education, not being able to access health care services and not being able to find jobs respectively.
Senior citizens are our past and they helped carry us to the place where we stand today. If people cannot get to jobs, the country will not be able to meet its demands, causing service prices to increase. If children cannot go to school, the country loses potential future leaders.
Cities in Iowa who also experienced inconveniences due to the lack of transportation implemented a system in which people can go online to a database and share a ride with someone who has a similar route. If they are not able to access the internet, people can call an associate who can search the database for them. If we can use this method, not only can we cut commuting costs, individuals living in rural communities can meet their needs, and the state as a whole can benefit.
Regardless of what you may have come to believe from the fake news media over the past three-plus years: the Constitution prevailed this week. Hallelujah.
Free is not free
I couldn't agree more with Rick Cherry's letter. Free is not free. Someone must pay for it!
Hot Springs VillageEditorial on 02/10/2020
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