Saturday, February 17, 2018

Parola Perspective: Trump will do nothing against Russia.

By PWP contributor Brooks Parola, formerly of Flint.
Interesting how the Russian indictments come down a day after the school shooting, and yet another opportunity for Republicans to tell the world they'll do nothing about gun violence. My take:
1) Trump will do nothing against Russia, because they helped him get elected, and can probably blackmail him, but...he's not the only one susceptible.
2) Much of the GOP is also susceptible since evidence seems to indicate that many of them have been financed by the Russians VIA the NRA Which explains why they won't do anything about Russia, and why they'll do nothing about gun control.
What did Deep Throat say? Follow the money. Folks, the entire party has been corrupted by Russian and NRA cash.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy on Florida School Shooting.


By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

 In a scene that has played itself out far, far too often in America, 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were slaughtered at the school Wednesday, February 14, 2018. 15 other students and teachers suffered serious wounds, some remain critical.

Local, state, federal government and adults have left our children vulnerable to mass school shootings. This reality is horrific, yet Washington remains inactive in addressing mass shootings and instead has chosen ambivalence over the safety of American children and teachers.

There is, however,  one senator who is desperately attempting to legislate sanity into our gun laws in this country in effort to end these horrible school shootings that have plagued our nation for years.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday in response to reports of an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“Turn on your television right now, you're going to see scenes of children running for their lives. It’s what looks to be the [18]thschool shooting in this country, and we have not even hit March,” said Murphy. “Let me just note once again for my colleagues: this happens nowhere else other than the United States of America. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else. As a parent, it scares me to death that this body doesn't take seriously the safety of my children, and it seems like a lot of parents in South Florida are going to be asking that same question later today.”
Full text of Murphy’s remarks about the shooting is below:
"As we speak, there is a horrific scene playing out at a high school in South Florida. Turn on your television right now, you're going to see scenes of children running for their lives. It’s what looks to be the [18]th school shooting in this country, and we have not even hit March. 
I'm coming to the floor to talk about something else, but let me just note once again for my colleagues: this happens nowhere else other than the United States of America. This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting.
It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else. 
As a parent, it scares me to death that this body doesn't take seriously the safety of my children, and it seems like a lot of parents in South Florida are going to be asking that same question later today.

We pray for the families and the victims. We hope for the best."

Florida School Massacre: A letter from a local high school parent to representative.

By Purple Walrus Press contributor Dolly Tittle of Pittsfield Twp.

Dear Ms. Dingell,

I have two children in Huron High School in Ann Arbor, a junior and a senior.  They are involved in swimming and orchestra in addition to their day to day subjects.  This morning my husband made sandwiches for them and put the in brown bags for their lunch.  I drew hearts on their brown bags and wrote Valentine messages for them.  I told them how much I loved them and reminded them that God is love to go to school and love one another.  When they came home I had ordered take out and we all sat down at the table, gave thanks, and enjoyed a meal together.

Ms. Dingell, there were parents in Florida this afternoon who started the day like my husband and I.  They did similar things in the morning, but were not able to end the day like we did because our country allows rifles in the style of AR-15s to be easily available.  It's been almost 19 years since Columbine and we have still not figured out how to make it difficult for anyone to get their hands on these type of weapons.  Today's perpetrator has lived his entire life in an environment where school shootings or any mass shooting in the United State is received with great media coverage and no real change.  

Ms. Dingell, this is what I tell my children about gun control, if guns are banned, someone could still kill me with a knife or their hands, but they are going to have to work hard because I will fight back.  People with these type of weapons do not give anyone a fighting chance.  

In conclusion, I do not know what is this particular perpetrator's story, but I can say that the pattern that I observe in all of these terrible cases are people who are not well adjusted in society.  They don't feel included and are not feeling loved.  We can do our part as citizens to promote love, and compassion, empathy, and camaraderie to those who are not fitting in.  But please, urge your fellow representatives to do whatever is in their power to keep these true weapons of mass destruction away from our kids.

Sincerely,
Dolly R. Tittle

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Parola Perspective: Heads of intelligence speaking before senate committee Tuesday.


By PWP contributor Brooks Parola, formerly of Flint, MI.

The heads of all of the intelligence agencies went before a senate committee today. In that hearing they stated:
1) Russia is continuing to interfere in our elections...Trump and the rest of the GOP don't care, and do nothing. FBI says, they have never received specific instructions from Trump to take action.
2) The biggest threat to our nation's security is the national debt...GOP is no longer interested in fiscal responsibility as the GOP tax plan clearly indicates.
3) FBI completely contradicts Trump administration's timeline on what they knew about Rob Porter and when they knew it.
Again, when will have a president (backed by a party) that cares about the sanctity of our elections, our constitution, our economic future, and American women?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Eastern Michigan University regents approve $15 million capitol budget that includes investment for improvements to academic facilities in the Science Complex and Quirk/Sponberg Theater building.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.
Friday, February 9, the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved a $15 million capitol budget for 2018-19. The budget will include investment resulting in improvements to academic facilities in the Science Complex, the College of Business, Quirk/Sponberg Theater building and renovations to student housing and information technology. This is according to Eastern Michigan University.
According to a statement from Eastern Michigan University, "The primary investments in the FY19 budget include:
Academic Facility Enhancements ($2.9 million): Projects include $1.4 million for a remodel of the fifth floor of the Science Complex to house lab space for the new EMU neuroscience and fermentation science programs.
The College of Business, located in the Gary Owen Building in downtown Ypsilanti, will receive renovations, including new flooring, at a cost of $750,000. The Quirk/Sponberg Theatre building, which houses the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts, will receive renovations, including windows and paneling, the first part of a three-year renovation, at a cost of $720,000.
Housing, Student Programming ($1.6 million): Five residential facilities will receive routine upgrades, including Cornell, Hill, The Village, Westview and the First-Year Center.
Technology ($2.7 million): Individual expenses include classroom technology ($780,000)  network/servers ($1.4 million), campus Wi-Fi ($450,000) and the Data Center ($88,000).
Safety and Security ($1.4 million): Planned enhancements include additional lights and cameras ($600,000), ADA sidewalk repairs and compliance ($450,000) and security fencing ($350,000).
Other Campus Capital Investment ($6.4 million): Projects include an asset preservation retaining wall for Ford, Boone and Pierce halls ($565,000), Rynearson Stadium concrete repairs ($400,000), infrastructure replacement and upgrades (approx. $1.3 million), fire alarm replacement ($870,000), roadway improvements for the new health center ($1.8 million), annual roof repair ($500,000) and contingency funds of $1 million to cover any unforeseen expenses.
The annual capital budget is in addition to three supplemental projects approved at the Dec. 15 meeting of the Board of Regents. Those projects include:
  • The renovation and expansion of Sill Hall, home of the College of Technology, in support of the University’s existing, new and future engineering and technology programs – which are a crucial element in furnishing skilled professionals for high-demand jobs in Michigan. The estimated cost is $40 million.
  • Renovation of the Rec/IM facility, to be initiated in summer of 2018. The extensive Rec/IM Building plan, which is a major priority among our students, includes a variety of upgrades that will increase the facility’s physical appeal as well as the range of activities, services and student wellness initiatives available. The estimated cost is $16 million.
  • Construction of a new building to provide contemporary sports medicine and performance training services. The estimated cost, which will be heavily supported by athletics fundraising, is $20 million."