Friday, June 08, 2007

Fresno Tennis Legend Speaks Out in Bee

Alan is right on in his letter to the Bee, although he neglected to mention the obvious benefits of solar showers!

Think battery-powered automobiles and breathe easy.

What a great idea. No more high gas prices to worry about. No long lines to contend with at the pump either. And, let's not forget that electric-powered vehicles emit no air pollution ... zero ... zilch. Sounds like a winner for our Valley since more than 50% of our air pollution comes from cars and trucks.

Envision solar panels on your roof, collecting sunlight to supply electric power to your home and/or business and to recharge your battery for your car or truck.

Think, too, about the positive influence on geo-political decisions. No more wars in the Middle East and elsewhere to get oil. Wow -- what a concept. Kinda makes one wonder why this idea hasn't taken off.

Just think too, how Ford, Chrysler and GM could benefit. Here are three giant employers in the U.S., struggling to stay in business. All they need to do is start making cars and trucks that help people save money, clean up the environment, expand their businesses, put more people back to work and possibly end war. What a great idea.

Alan Coles


Senate measure to overhaul immigration laws collapses

As I had predicted months ago, immigration reform would be difficult if not impossible given the balance of power in the Senate and the many different interests impacted by such legislation. Part of the problem is that conservatives want to stand for strong borders, but the business arm of the Republican party knows what kind of trouble it would be in without the cheap labor that exploitable immigrants provide.

WASHINGTON — A fragile compromise to overhaul the nation's immigration laws collapsed Thursday night when senators from both parties refused to move to a final vote, handing the unlikely alliance of Democratic leaders and President Bush a setback on a major domestic priority.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Kucinich Tells it Like it Is!

Kudos to Dennis for speaking the truth in last night's debate.....

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH (D) OHIO: Benjamin Franklin once said that those who would give up their essential liberties to achieve a sense of security deserve neither.

The Patriot Act has undermined civil rights in this country. And as president of the United States, one of my first acts in office will be to move forward to have the Justice Department overturn the Patriot Act as unconstitutional.

We have to remember that 9/11 led us down a cul de sac. Americans need to reconnect with our deepest sense of self here, Wolf. We have to remember that, you know, the courage that it took to form this country is still within us.

And I want to have what I call the 9/10 forum to recreate -- help us reconnect with the deeper sense of who we are as Americans.