Why Now?
Saturday, October 01, 2005
  In Local News
While it starts out sounding like good news, Evacuees trade shelter for hotel, there seems to be a certain lack of planning. While providing some privacy, you can't cook in a hotel so they are having these people eat at the Waffle House.

I have nothing against the chain, but the menu is limited, and anyone who forgets to include milk as a drink choice when there are children needs to perform a reality check.

Some background the following item: gasoline is still in short supply, is priced at $3.20/gallon, and a roundtrip from Fort Walton Beach to Pensacola is 80 miles

Rita Victims Still Seeking Red Cross Assistance talks about the trials getting help after evacuating to the local area. Assuming that you will have to make one trip to apply for help and a second trip to receive assistance, victims are paying the price for the "efficiency" of centralization.

Red Tide Stretches Westward Into Walton County is not something you want to see if you enjoy fishing or have respiratory problems. This is going to kill a major portion of the life in local waters and hospitalize asthmatics and those with emphysema.

Early Morning Brawl in Destin Lands Three in the Hospital is actually a good news story.

Why, you ask? Because from today forward in the state of Florida this would have probably resulted in autopsies of some of the four people involved as the "OK Corral" bill is now in effect. No more fists or pocketknives in these disputes - now we go immediately to guns.

You have to understand that it is not what the law actually says that is the problem, it is what people think the law says: mess with me and I can shoot you without worrying about getting arrested.

What the law did, removing the requirement to avoid conflict when possible, is a bad idea. You always had the right to defend yourself and when at home you could gun down just about anyone, but now you have a state sanction to gun people down over parking places.

This is part of the Republican Culture of Life™?


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