Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Opinion

OPINION

Smooth move

The departure of Vermont Sen. James Jeffords from the Republican Party last Thursday was an accreditation to the American legislative system.

OPINION

Here to stay

Sen. David Jaye’s actions are deplorable and quite disappointing, but this does not give the Senate adequate grounds for dismissal. Jaye, R-Washington Township, faced charges in a Florida court for domestic abuse against fiancée Sonia Kloss, but the charges were dropped last week.

OPINION

Student mourns loss of businesses

Recently I sat watching the lights go dim on one of my favorite restaurants. Being a long-term local I could almost say for nearly nine years it was one of my haunts.

OPINION

Drug war result of financial concerns

In response to your editorial (“Good Medicine,” SN 5/17), I would like to point out that cannabis has no lethal dose and its pharmacological effects have never caused a single death in more than 5,000 years of recorded history.

OPINION

Billboard doesnt serve and protect

As I was driving home from work a few days ago, a portable billboard that had been placed along Burcham Drive by one of our local police departments immediately caught my attention.

OPINION

End of the road

Firestone’s decision to end its partnership with Ford Motor Co. was the best choice for the tire company. Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. announced Tuesday it would stop selling tires to Ford Motor Co. Ford has also announced intentions to replace up to 13 million Firestone tires in an effort to improve public relations since the massive tire recall last summer. Bridgestone/Firestone executives have admitted problems with its Wilderness AT tires, which used to be standard packaging on the Ford Explorer, but also attribute the sport utility vehicle’s problems to Ford’s design. General Motors still uses Firestone tires on 14 models, and has found no problems. John Lampe, Bridgestone/Firestone chief executive and president, said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that Ford Explorers with replaced tires in Venezuela continue to roll over. While both companies clearly have problems, Firestone made a wise decision by splitting with Ford. Firestone has made attempts to improve its product by recalling the ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT model tires.

OPINION

Courts reading of law is wrong

I can’t understand why we even have a constitution. Isn’t it so the citizens can tell their government what powers it doesn’t have and how it is supposed to exercise those it does?

OPINION

Senate should drop case against Jaye

In civil procedure, generally, the “rule of thumb” is as follows: If you have a good case, you cite the facts; if you have a bad case, you cite the law; and if you have no case, you jump up and down, point your finger, scream and yell behind closed doors and demand Sen.

OPINION

Pop prices arent fun in the sun

I’ve always enjoyed summer classes at MSU. But although they are held in buildings that are traditionally cool, sometimes you need that extra refreshment only a soda can bring.

OPINION

Biotechnology has positive effects

The U.S. Senate declared the week of May 14 National Biotechnology Week. For those working to improve the public’s understanding and support of agricultural and food biotechnology, this was an excellent opportunity to share information and encourage discussion about the benefits to date, and to come from this advance in our ability to grow more and better food with less impact on the environment. Through this resolution, the Senate recognized the importance of this technology and the benefits it offers to farmers, consumers and the environment.

OPINION

Bagel Fragels demise cause for mourning

The death of Bagel Fragel Deli is totally unreal to me. I’ve been used to these sort of drastic changes in my life happening all at once ever since I moved out of my parents’ house, like the end of finals week when people move out of their dorms and apartments and classes end.

OPINION

Too quick to act

The Bush administration’s plan to fix the national energy crisis is shortsighted and selfish. It is meddling in a situation that is ultimately out of its hands. According to the White House, the nation is headed toward a major energy crisis and the only way to fix it is with a major campaign.

OPINION

Execution delay raises serious questions

The federal government had not executed a prisoner in 37 years when on March 15, 1963, it executed Victor Feguer for murder and kidnapping.Timothy McVeigh was scheduled to die Wednesday, and I’ll make the argument that Feguer should remain the last person the government has killed.The latest developments that resulted in the momentary delay of McVeigh’s execution allow us to step back and evaluate the death penalty practice and its value in our society.While he has admitted to committing the worst, most heinous act of terrorism in the history of the United States, the question of whether capital punishment is morally and rationally acceptable is still up in the air in his case.Michigan may not have had a tragedy equivalent to the Oklahoma City bombing, but that hasn’t stopped the pressure to bring the death penalty to our state.In 1999, I was covering the Capitol for The State News when state Sen.

OPINION

Good medicine

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling against medical marijuana makes sense, although the logic behind the existing laws do not. The high court issued the decision Monday, supporting the federal law that classifies marijuana as illegal, leaving no exception for medicinal purposes. After a unanimous vote, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote “it is clear from the text of the act that Congress has made a determination that marijuana has no medicinal benefits worthy of an exception.” The Court’s ruling is understandable.