An excellent article. Well done. Thank you for offering it.Sometimes we need to be reminded that the idea of religious freedom enshrined in the first amendment to the Constitution did not come easily or quickly. As pastor Baker pointed out, the Anglicans (Episcopalians) were the official state church of Virginia, as well as Georgia. Congregationalists of the Calvinist variety were the state church of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Other expressions of faith were not well received in those places. Sometimes they were punished in courts of law. On the other hand, it was safe to be a Baptist in Rhode Island, a Quaker in Pennsylvania, and a Catholic in Maryland. Those colonies also allowed other denominations to be present without interference. The first amendment of the Constitution meant that no denomination (or religion) would again be state sponsored or privileged, something often honored more in the breech than in fullness. Even today we struggle with what religious freedom means.Fr. Steve Woolley (Episc.)
Posted 8 July 2014, 3:24 p.m.
I am among those who favor, at least, mandatory universal background checks. But I agree that pro gun control advocates resorting to what has been labeled 'hysteria' doesn't help anymore than the 'hysteria' emanating from those opposed to gun control helps their side. The issue is a serious one requiring serious, respectful, and informed conversation. It seems unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Posted 27 June 2014, 8:54 p.m.
A sad story illuminating once again our need for more comprehensive mental health care. In this case it points up the need for a secure psychiatric facility for those needing short term stabilization and evaluation.
Posted 25 February 2014, 11:10 a.m.
I have mixed feelings also. I've had to overnight in Seattle several times on my way home, and this change would have eliminated that. On the other hand, it's a pain for same day meetings in Seattle. It is also a tight turnaround for crew rest.
Posted 18 December 2013, 3:35 p.m.
I am a little surprised by the council's action. The new ladder truck is not used on medical call backups all that often, and its regular employment in some fashion is essential for the continual training needed in its use. It seems to me that it's the chief's job, and not of council members, to know best how to deploy fire department equipment. Finally, if the article is correct, I fail to understand the reason for removing the old ladder truck from surplus. I have heard, but do not know, that it was offered for sale to any responsible party with no offers, partly because of its age and the fact that its ladder is no longer certified as safe for fire fighting.
Posted 16 August 2013, 3:42 p.m.
One problem with the poll is that it asked for what are essentially uninformed opinions., mine included. A second problem is that, even when presented with the findings of competent persons who have studied the question in depth, there have been enough voters who prefer to stick with their opinions. So I'm not sure what value this poll has to anyone.
Posted 19 July 2013, 3:10 p.m.
I will look forward to seeing how this poll matures in the next few days. As it is, I'm disappointed, but not surprised, at how many intend to vote no. I think it displays a kind of cheapness that is willing to sacrifice the future to the fears of the present, and the memory of a past that never was.
Posted 14 January 2013, 10:07 a.m.
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