WHITTIER, Calif. — California’s state budget is still being debated with continued threats of cuts and services to the most needed in our state.
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Today is Saturday, so I crank up my old pickup truck and head down the old dirt road to see my good friend Junior. I love this old truck and every rattle that goes with it. One thing about south Georgia is the washboard roads. They are very difficult to navigate at times. The 8-track player blares out “your cheatin’ heart” as my hound dogs (pronounced ‘dawgs’) bark and bay at every turn we make — the day is starting out great.
In the Coal Creek river valley in Southern West Virginia actress Daryl Hannah and NASA climatologist James Hansen were arrested protesting continuation of mountaintop — “surface” — mining, warning of dire environmental consequences and unfunded costs exceeding the value of coal mined.
I know predictions are risky in politics — but who wants to “play it safe?” Not me. So here it goes.
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The coup d’etat carried out against the legally elected president of Honduras on June 28 is meeting with worldwide resistance which is as strong as it is broad. Not a single country around the world is supporting it. The United Nations General Assembly and the Organization of American States have declared emphatically that they do not recognize the coup regime.
As the new fiscal year begins, the situation facing states is dire. This was glaringly illustrated when California was forced to issue IOUs for the first time since the Great Depression while it finds a way to close a $26 billion budget gap.
On July 6, Neil deGrasse Tyson, head of the Hayden Planetarium, Twittered, “Wondering how many who watched fireworks on July 4 did so because it's fun, forgetting that it commemorates exploding bombs during warfare.” That same day, Robert S. McNamara, the former defense secretary, died at 93. He was second only to President Lyndon Baines Johnson as the most hated figure of the Vietnam War era.
Beware of talk of better economic times around the corner. We may be over the worst of it; we may have avoided a 1930s-type depression; but it’s quite another thing to suggest that we are on the road to recovery.