We still place far too much emphasis on our “separateness,” our heritage, ethnic background, skin color, etc. We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few.
Here’s an idea: How about just “Americans?” That has a nice ring to it, if you ask me. Placing undue emphasis on our “separateness” is a step backward. Bring back the melting pot.
Political Horizons: Transparency for the state’s privatization contracts | The Advocate – A report found that patients in the Eastern Louisiana State Mental Health System received poor meal service. Plates were often served late and frequently lacked meat or vegetables. State Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson, views this as a symptom of a larger problem: the state’s lack of scrutiny on the more than 12,000 active private contracts in place.
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act was intended to help communities plan for worst-case chemical accidents. It requires companies to disclose the amounts of dangerous chemicals they store and to calculate a worst-case scenario should their stores leak or explode.
The act was passed in 1986 in the wake of the Union Carbide chemical disaster that killed thousands in Bhopal, India.
But a series of terrorist attacks in the 1990s, followed by 9/11, prompted Congress to pressure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restrict public access to that information.
Bill Ruckelshaus, EPA administrator at the time of Bhopal, said that even before those attacks, many in government distrusted the public and how it might react to sensitive information.”
University works to rebound | The Maroon – Loyola University’s enrollment shortfall is estimated to result in a nearly $10 million budget gap for the 2013-14 school year. As a result, university president Rev. Kevin Wildes may trim the university’s salary budget or draw down Loyola’s endowment.
Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...
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