A reader asked our opinion on the Republican platform for the upcoming session. Much of it is good, but we can easily see three of the platform’s planks that are not so good. Let’s look at them.
* “Alabama’s Right To Work Constitutional Amendment – Although Alabama and many other southeastern states are firm right-to-work states, labor unions have stepped up their efforts to organize industrial facilities across the region after experiencing recent successes that include Volkswagen in Tennessee and Golden Dragon in Wilcox County. Alabama passed one of the nation’s first right-to-work laws roughly 60 years ago, but House Republicans believe it is time to enshrine that employment protection in our state constitution and will offer an amendment to be included on the November 2016 election ballot.”
So this has been a law for 60 years, but due to unions working harder to unionize businesses, we now need to “enshrine” this law in our state constitution? So much for fewer laws, needless laws, and constitutional reform.
* “Preserving Second Amendment Constitutional Rights – The Alabama House Republican Caucus pledges to assist members of our federal delegation in overturning Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders attacking our Second Amendment right to own firearms.”
So just how do our state representatives plan to assist our federal officials? Shouldn’t they stick to taking care of state business and, just a thought, adopting a viable budget? And just what executive order has actually infringed any mentally fit citizen’s right to purchase a weapon?
* “Unborn Infants’ Dignity of Life Act – Recent reports about outrageous acts by Planned Parenthood and its representatives have prompted public outcry regarding the organization and the cavalier practices it utilizes regarding unborn life. In order to ensure that these atrocities do not occur in Alabama, the House Republican Caucus will offer legislation banning the sale of the bodily remains of unborn infants.”
Legal experts say sales of fetal tissue/parts are already illegal, but that’s not the main problem with this legislation. There is no such thing as an “unborn infant.” If our legislators go through with this quite possibly redundant piece of legislation, let’s hope they at least change the name so that Alabama won’t again be a laughing stock. Or perhaps next year they could introduce legislation to protect breathing cadavers?
Speaking of the upcoming legislative session, will anyone attempt to disenfranchise Florence voters?
Segueing to the Lauderdale County School Board, we hear one member has been missing in action recently. Many are not happy over this, and we fail to see the “integrity” in intentionally dodging questions.
Angel Gieske? The fraudulent counselor has again been arrested, this time in Colbert County. Wonder how her mental evaluation at Taylor Harden went? She’s set for trial in Walker County next week; how many out there think the state will recover any of the money either paid to Gieske or lost by DHR because of her actions?
Today's article on sentencing in the TD again confused Capital and Felony Murder. Tom Smith correctly stated that Nathan Boyd is serving life without, having been convicted of Capital Murder. His brother Eric was convicted of Felony Murder and IS elibible for parole, which strangely enough he mentioned later in the article.