Archive for December, 2010

Anti-church killjoys target high school graduations

Having a child graduate from high school is an exciting event for any family. It marks the end of one chapter in the student’s life, and the beginning of a new one.  Graduation marks a turning point for young people; where they move on to seek new and productive education and career opportunities for themselves. Unfortunately, Americans United for Separation of Church and State is trying to turn what should be enjoyable and emotionally fulfilling times for families into unwanted and unnecessary religious debates.

AUSCS is now threatening to sue the School Board in Cherokee County, Georgia, simply because it is planning to hold graduation ceremonies, as the county has since 2005, at First Baptist Church in Woodstock.  County officials argue that holding this annual event in churches helps bring down costs; a very valid point at a time when many local governments are looking for any way to save scarce resources. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one school …

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Lawmakers ready assault on cold remedies

With the next session of the Georgia General Assembly on the horizon, members are already beginning to lay out legislative priorities. For many, these efforts include finding new and imaginative ways of expanding government’s already wide-reach into the private lives of the citizens.  Among other products and activities in lawmakers’ sights this session are many of the more effective cold remedies used by Peach State cold sufferers.  

Such products have been under assault by state legislators for years simply because they contain pseudoephedrine, a chemical used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine.  After the coming year’s session, in which the Republicans enjoy the largest majority since at least Reconstruction, cold sufferers looking to ease their symptoms with Sudafed and other such remedies will find it increasingly difficult and expensive. 

Among the ideas already being floated under the Gold Dome is the creation of an electronic tracking system that …

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Passengers’ convenience trumps liberty

The Transportation Security Administration did what it could last Wednesday to dampen the impact of “National Opt Out Day” — a protest aimed at educating travelers on the invasive techniques being employed by the government as they pass through security check-points at airports. The principal tactic appeared to be simply turning off the naked body scanners. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported there was “limited, if any, use of the controversial full-body scanners.” A similar story appeared in the Newark Star-Ledger, noting that “a majority of Newark’s full-body scanners were idle throughout much of the day, depriving most passengers of the chance to opt out of the controversial screening procedure even if they had wanted to.” 

The reactions elsewhere to the tide of opposition to naked body scanners and invasive “pat downs,” run the gamut from the disappointing to the absurd. Some supposed defenders of civil liberties on the Left are criticizing those …

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NFL teams should fund their own stadiums

The state-owned Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta is less than 20 years old.  Since opening in 1992, it has served primarily as home field to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, but it also has served as the venue for numerous college football games and other sporting events. Over that time, the Dome has also hosted two Super Bowls; the most watched sporting event in the country.  By all normal measures, the Dome is alive and doing quite well.  But not quite good enough for the folks in the NFL front office. 

During a recent visit to Atlanta, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made it quite clear that if Atlanta ever wants to host another Super Bowl, city leaders and the state first will have to construct a brand new stadium.  In other words, simply to win the privilege of hosting one particular football game several years from now, Georgia taxpayers would have to pony up hundreds of millions of dollars for a state-of-the-art sports stadium. 

While it is always easy to spend other …

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