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A recent addition to the smoking ban laws that have rippled through major cities was enacted in White Plains, N.Y., this week, taking away a smoker’s right to light up in parks, plazas, playgrounds and trails, the Lower Hudson Valley News reports.
Americans are easy prey when it comes to political distraction debates. Proposed card-check legislation is a distraction. Our obsessive meddling in Middle Eastern countries is a distraction. All these are important issues, but they are merely subcategories of the foundational issue that Americans should be focused on: loss of freedom.
Citizens in Tuscaloosa, Ala., worry that the recently passed Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act may hinder tornado reconstruction efforts, as Hispanic illegal aliens flee the State, fearing prosecution. The new law, touted as “the strongest immigration bill in the country” by Governor Robert Bentley, in part requires employers to use the Federal E-Verify system to make sure their workers are in the country legally.
Last year, we reprinted the Declaration of Independence for Independence Day. I was fascinated by some of the comments it received. More people than I anticipated recognized that our government today has taken on many of the characteristics of the British government that the Founders sought to “dissolve the political bands” of 235 years ago.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center recently announced that it has obtained documents from the Transportation Security Administration, which raise new questions about the safety of the TSA’s full-body scanners.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently voted to approve a resolution backing President Barack Obama’s use of United States forces in Libya.
On June 27, the City Council of Eugene, Ore., caused controversy when it voted down a proposal to say the Pledge of Allegiance before its meetings. Instead, the Council approved a measure to allow the Pledge to be recited four times a year, around the major patriotic holidays: Independence Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day.
Legislators have introduced 18 pieces of legislation during this Congress to try to cut or freeze their pay for 2013.