Making Sense by Michael Reagan

first_imgMaking Sense by Michael ReaganPresident Donald Trump said a bunch of crazy things this week.Nothing new there.I’m not referring to the global trade war he may have started on Thursday with his announcement that steep protective tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum could be coming as early as next week.I’m referring to the tougher gun control laws the president publicly floated on Wednesday during an unscripted discussion with bipartisan lawmakers in the White House.Sounding more like Nancy Pelosi than a lifelong friend of the National Rifle Association, the president suggested three steps he thinks would help to prevent future mass school shootings like the one in Parkland, Fla.He proposed raising the age limit to buy assault-type weapons like the AR-15 to 21, making background checks tougher on, 9all, 9gun buyers and taking guns away from people with mental problems.In the real world, where there are more than 300 million guns floating around the United States, Trump’s first two actions will do nothing but burden law-abiding gun owners.The president’s third idea – taking someone’s guns away for mental-health reasons and making them go to court to get them back – is especially outrageous.Forget the serious constitutional concerns about taking law-abiding citizens’ guns and doing the due process, 9,9later.Does Mr. Trump have any clue,9 how impossible it would be to determine who was truly crazy and dangerous and needed to have his or her guns seized?Does he realize the dangerous road his idea would send us down?“Hello 911? The guy next store is cutting his lawn sideways. He’s really crazy. You better come and take his guns away.”And my Congresswoman Maxine Waters thinks the president is mentally ill.Do you say, “I’m sorry, Mr. Trump, someone says you’re crazy? You have to give us your guns.”Trump’s gun control ideas are not worth the breath he spent on them.The most obvious reason the Parkland school tragedy happened was that the FBI and the local police screwed up – despite multiple warnings.A less obvious reason the shooter was not stopped before he could take 17 innocent lives was the “parental” failure of his mother and the family he lived with after she died last year.Those adults knew he was mentally ill, angry and dangerous, yet they did little to get him the help he needed.Few parents agree to have their kids treated for being mentally ill because it reflects poorly on them. Fewer still will turn their own kids into the police.But talk about bad parenting skills.The couple the teenage killer was living with at the time of the shooting knew he had a bunch of guns and did nothing to get them out of their house.They locked his weapons in a safe, but the shooter easily made a spare key for himself. Apparently, th,9e couple,9 never met a teenager before.Parkdale was a tragedy that could have been averted with, 9the, 9common sense that all parents should employ.A good friend of mine, a hunter who owns several, 9guns, was having trouble with one of his kids and had to put him on Ritalin.After the boy had an out-of-control moment, the father took every one of his guns out of the house and gave them to a friend to keep for him.If you have a kid you think is mentally ill, and you have guns in your house, you shouldn’t look to the government to solve the problem.You should, 9solve it, 9yourself. Remove the guns from, 9the, 9house. Don’t put them in a safe. Get them out.If we are not going to take responsibility for being good parents when it comes to guns, don’t be surprised when Donald Trump or the government takes that responsibility away from us.FOOTNOTE: Mike’s column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. The CCO posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Agribusiness conference

first_imgWant to start a new agribusiness? Need help perfecting your agritourism operation? Come to the 2011 Agribusiness Workshop June 14 to learn the tricks of the trade. The workshop will be at the University of Georgia Athens campus Chicopee Building. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Sessions start at 9 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. The conference’s focus this year is to help agribusinesses tap into the procurement pipeline. Participants will leave with game plans, ideas, business leads, contracts and resources to increase profitability.The workshop provides networking opportunities among successful business owners, private-sector entities and financial institutions, and will include presentations from chefs, restaurateurs and farmers with successful agritourism businesses. UGA experts, as well as representatives from other state and local institutions, will talk about marketing, business plans, financial forecasting, trends, business models, loans, grants and more. Registration is $65 per person and includes a buffet lunch, breaks, informational materials, parking and contact lists of all participants and exhibitors. Register online at or call Julia Menefield at 706-208-0048. The event is hosted and sponsored by the East Athens Development Corporation, the UGA Small Business Development Center – Office of Minority Development, the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Product Development Office and the Georgia Micro Enterprise Network.last_img read more

Dominican Republic: DNCD seizes 632 kilograms of cocaine

first_img SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Dominican counter-narcotics authorities detained two suspected smugglers and seized a major cocaine shipment allegedly trafficked by boat from South America to the Caribbean country’s southern coast. The Dominican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) on Feb. 22 seized 632.9 kilograms (1,392 pounds) of cocaine that had been divided into 616 packets. Dominican nationals Samil David Arredondo Cedeño and Pedro de Peña Rodríguez were turned over to prosecutors for interrogation. DNCD spokesman Roberto Lebrón said the seizure was the result of a two-month investigation known as “Operation Volcano.” The cocaine, allegedly en route from South America to Puerto Rico through the Dominican Republic, had changed hands about 60 miles off the coast of the Dominican seaside town Boca Chica. “We are facing an organization that was receiving [narcotics shipments] from Colombia and Venezuela using go-fast boats to pick up the drugs on the high seas,” Lebrón said. Other suspects involved in the operation are still at-large, and Lebrón declined to provide additional details until the operation had concluded. The Dominican military used aircraft to track the shipment into the country. Once there, the military and police followed the cocaine to Boca Chica, a small resort town east of the capital, Santo Domingo. The alleged traffickers were found in a hotel and in an SUV parked nearby. Twenty-five plastic bags filled with bundles of cocaine had been loaded into a gold Toyota 4Runner. The drugs were sent to laboratories for testing and weighing. DNCD officials said it is likely the cocaine was bound for Puerto Rico, but the narco-traffickers could have been trying to send it to Europe. The material used to package the drugs originated from a sugar mill in Yaracuy in western Venezuela, suggesting the involvement of Venezuelans. “It’s likely that at any moment other arrests will materialize, because the DNCD and other state security agencies have identified the other members of the network that received the drugs,” Lebrón said. The seizure adds to an increasingly active interception campaign by Dominican authorities, as the DNCD has confiscated about 1,720 kilograms (3,784 pounds) of cocaine and about 27,000 pills of illicit substances so far this year. Lebrón attributed the seizures to cooperation among security forces nationwide. The Dominican Republic has long been at the center of the Caribbean smuggling trade serving as a major transshipment point for South American drugs. Recently, traffickers have used the island of Hispaniola – which the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti – to move drugs to Europe, authorities said. But intensified efforts to crack down on trafficking have resulted in successes for Dominican authorities. Last year, authorities seized 6,715 kilograms (about 14,775 pounds) of cocaine, a 48% increase from the previous year when authorities confiscated 4,527 kilograms, according to statistics from the DNCD. By Dialogo March 01, 2012last_img read more

Put The Kettle On heading back to Cheltenham | Racing News

first_img– Advertisement – Sceau Royal, winner of Saturday’s Elite Hurdle for Alan King, could switch back to fences for the race, while the Philip Hobbs-trained Defi Du Seuil, who was a huge disappointment in the Champion Chase in the spring, is in line make his seasonal bow.Rouge Vif was a winner at last month’s Showcase meeting and could return to Cheltenham for Harry Whittington, with Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Ascot Chase hero Riders Onthe Storm, the Brian Ellison-trained Forest Bihan and 2019 Arkle winner Duc Des Genievres, who is now with Paul Nicholls, completing the possibles. Put The Kettle On is set to kick off her campaign in Sunday’s Shloer Chase at Cheltenham.Henry de Bromhead’s six-year-old posted a career-best effort when springing a 16-1 surprise in the Arkle at the Festival in March, adding to a previous success over two miles at Cheltenham’s Open meeting last year.- Advertisement –center_img Put The Kettle On is again due to line up at the fixture, with the mare counting among seven entries for the Grade Two heat.De Bromhead said: “She’s in great form and is due to go over to Cheltenham for the Shloer Chase. She seems to love it over there, so she’s going over there this weekend.“She’s in mighty form, working well, so we’re looking forward to that.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Antigua Rotary Club Donates Masks to Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda

first_img Share Sharing is caring! As part of its continuous community outreach efforts, the Rotary Club of Antigua (RCA) today made a timely donation of 500 breathable, branded, white masks to the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda (RPFAB).President of the Rotary Club, Dr. Vanetta Rodgers, in making the presentation to Superintendent Vivian Parker, who accepted on behalf of Police Commissioner Atlee Rodney, said that the club is committed to play its part in educating the public and providing needed resources to mitigate the spread of the deadly COVID-19 disease.She also emphasized the importance for everyone, more so essential workers such as the members of the Royal Police Force, to practice proper hygiene, wear masks when venturing outside at all times and to practice social distancing whenever possible.President Vanetta also expressed thanks to Acting Superintendent Brenda Jacobs, who is in charge of stores for her support throughout the process.Superintendent Parker extended words of gratitude to the Rotary Club of Antigua and noted that the masks will go a long way in assisting the officers in effectively carrying out their daily duties as front liners in the fight against the COVID-19 disease.To date, the country has 23 confirmed cases of the virus and has recorded 3 associated deaths.The Rotary Club of Antigua urges everyone to stay safe, stay at home and to adhere to all of the other safety protocols established by health officials. Share Tweetcenter_img Share 67 Views   no discussions CoronavirusLifestyleNewsRegional Antigua Rotary Club Donates Masks to Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda by: – April 13, 2020last_img read more