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APRIL 15, 2015


Bad decisions,

        Age is only a number

By Glenn Mollette

Two police officers - one from South Carolina and one from Oklahoma should never have pulled their handguns. Their decisions took lives and forever destroyed families and their own personal lives. One cop was just 33 and the other 72.

A lot has been said about Michael T. Slager, a young man with a new baby due any day. His life is forever ruined by the decision to pull his gun and shoot Walter Scott in the back as he ran away.  Much is also now being said about Bob Bates, a 72 year- old reserve cop from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He too made a very bad judgment that took the life of Eric Courtney and also forever changed lives.

Police officers have gotten more than their share of bad publicity in recent months. They've earned it.  No one feels happy about cops if they've ever been harassed or talked down to by a police officer. What person has not felt somewhat threatened when pulled over by a police officer? The police have the authority and guns.

I am a supporter of the police. What kind of society would we have without them? If I need them I want them to show up.

People should not resist arrest or run from police officers. There is no future in such actions. While I believe that most of our police officers are good, hard working and ethical people there is the occasional lone idiot who has a badge and a gun and that combination of lunacy, authority and weaponry is very dangerous. They will surely hurt somebody, destroy a family and make the news. They also make it really difficult for the good police officers.

Putting a North Charleston, South Carolina officer Michael T. Slager, age 33, in jail recently for shooting a man eight times in the back was the right thing to do. He has zero business being a policeman. Bob Bates a 73 year-old reserve officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said he was reaching for his stun gun but instead pulled his real gun and killed a man already on the ground. He has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Two men are dead. Their families are in pain. Two police officers are going to jail. Multiple families are ruined forever. Bad decisions were made by people young and old and on both sides of the law.

This column is the opinion of Glenn Mollette and does not necessarily reflect the view of any organization, institution or this paper or media source.  

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(Gohmann graphic)

The number of active breweries in the U.S. is on the rise, with 3,699 in 2013, compared to only 49 in 1983. But campaign contributions from major breweries, like Budweiser, and a large Baptist population make the South the nation's most difficult region to open a small brewery, says a study by University of Louisville economics professor Steve Gohmann published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Gohmann writes, "The limited number of breweries in the South follows the idea of bootleggers and Baptists where those who gain economically from limited competition—large breweries and distributors—side with groups morally opposed to alcohol to keep breweries out.

The nine states with the fewest breweries are all located in the South, Joe Pinsker reports for The Atlantic. For example, Mississippi, with a large Baptist population, had one brewery for every 994,500 residents in 2012, compared to Vermont, which had one brewery for every 25,000 residents. It's not that Southern residents don't drink—it's that they don't have as many options as people in others parts of the country.

"Around the nation, big beer producers contribute to the campaigns of politicians who will support policies that discourage competition from local upstarts—for example, taxes on breweries and laws that prevent breweries from selling their kegs directly to consumers (instead of through a distributor)," Pinsky writes.

"But what's unique about the South is that there's a voting bloc—the Baptists—whose moral stance against alcohol happens to align with large producers' desires to keep new competitors from getting started in the business," Pinsky writes. "The support of Baptists provides Southern politicians with a reason to hinder brewers that politicians in other regions don't have. As a result, the states with the most Baptists tend to have the fewest breweries." (Gohmann graphic)

Written by Tim Mandell Posted at 4/14/2015


Easter, LGBT, Christians and Discrimination


By Glenn Mollette

Christians around the world celebrate Holy week, Good Friday and Easter. This is the Christian holiday. Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the grave.

Intimidated, scared, crazy followers of Jesus were filled with courage and new hope as they saw and touched Jesus after his resurrection. Those young frightened men suddenly became world changers and were willing to die for what they had experienced. The hope they promoted and wrote about is still impacting billions of people on the planet today who follow Christ and the Bible.

Jesus never discriminated. He reached out to a woman, about to be stoned because of adultery, and saved her life. He reached out to a despised tax collector, lepers and drank a little wine with a celebrating wedding party. Jesus embraced people and that was one of the reasons many hated him.

Christians never go wrong by loving and embracing others. This is all part of being a Christian and celebrating Easter. On the same token people should respect other's beliefs. If one does not want to eat pork then we should respect that. If someone prefers the Catholic Church over the Baptist Church then let it be.

Since America is being tolerant and recognizing LGBT people, they need to be tolerant in return. Life is a two-way street. It's not all for one. I am totally opposed to discrimination and believe in equal rights for all. However, no one is going to ask a Muslim tee shirt designer to design a tee shirt that depicts Mohammed in a negative way. A Priest should never be asked to perform a wedding ceremony of two men or two women, as I believe most priests would object. A photographer is placed into a somewhat intimate position with his or her subject and should not be expected to take pictures if the photographer opposes. Simply understand and go somewhere else.

LGBT individuals should have the same civil rights as everyone else. However, the civil rights of one group should not eclipse the civil rights of another group simply because their views are not the same. Christians should also have the same civil rights as everyone else. No one in this country should have to live in fear of the other. An Indiana pizza shop shutting down because of a young girl's opinion about catering pizza to a gay wedding is just crazy. Easter is about victory and celebration. Jesus came out of the grave. Christians came out of hiding and there were courage and boldness. This is not the time for Christians or any law-abiding person to live behind closed doors in fear and trembling.

This column is the opinion of Glenn Mollette and does not necessarily reflect the view of any organization, institution or this paper or media source.
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Good mornin' from the front porch...

MARCH 26, 2015

Cancer, it's past time

By Glenn Mollette

Cancer is one of the most feared words of all.

Almost every week I hear about a friend, acquaintance, old schoolmate or family member being diagnosed with cancer. I have Facebook friends who report almost daily about their routine chemotherapy treatments. They, along with millions more are in a battle for their lives.

Cancer routinely takes 577,000 plus lives every year in America.

The cost is over 103 billion in direct medical costs. The statistics are always changing but are staggering. (Cancer facts and figures, 2012)

No one fighting cancer cares about how much they have to spend to defeat the disease. Life is worth more than all the money in the world. However, have the doctors and drug companies figured this out? The money pipeline related to all cancer treatments is worth billions. How many people would be out of a job if we found a cure?

I'm irked about cancer. I'm irked that we spend billions on wars. We have spent over 700 billion dollars on Afghanistan. We give billions away to sustain foreign governments. We know how to put someone on the moon but people are dying every day from cancer. I realize our government is broke but we need to spend more on cancer research. The National Cancer Institute receives about 5 billion a year to conduct research but they and major research centers across the nation need more.

We could start by taking better care of ourselves. Exercise more, eat better, sleep more, and stress less. There are severe environmental issues from chemicals pouring into our air and contaminants polluting our water. We need to clean up our air and water. We can do without a lot but we can't live without water and air.

Start demanding from your local and national politicians answers on what they are doing about real healthcare in this nation. The answer is not just medical insurance to pay more dollars so that doctors and pharmaceutical companies get richer. We need a cure for cancer, multiple sclerosis and many other diseases. I'm glad for all people to have health insurance but we need health solutions. It's past time for a cure for cancer.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group, organization or this publication.

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