February 2011

Packing Heat At College

by Diane Dimond on February 28, 2011

Guns on College Campuses - Okay With You?

W hen your children go to college what do you pack to send with them?

You probably include their clothing, some sheets and towels, a laptop computer and maybe a small refrigerator or microwave.

But, how about a gun?

Don’t be shocked. It’s not that far fetched.  And guns could be coming to a college campus near you.

In the aftermath of several campus shootings in recent years and the gun fueled violence in Arizona that killed 6, wounded 13 and incapacitated Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, there is a movement to give older college students and their professors the right to carry weapons onto campus.

It is already the law in Utah where students at all public colleges are allowed to carry a concealed gun if they have the [click to continue…]

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Saving Billions Will Hurt But It Must Be Done

by Diane Dimond on February 21, 2011

Where To Cut? Where To Cut?

The president has now put forth his $3.73 trillion budget with its recommended deep spending cuts. And, the other politicians in Washington – those who represent us on Capitol Hill – have begun the traditional partisan bickering over what is acceptable and what is not. Many go at this monumentally important task focused on making the other party look irresponsible instead of pinpointing which cuts would be best to get our country back on a firm fiscal track.

Some wring their hands and moan that one proposed cut or another is “just a drop in the bucket.” They ignore the fact that lots of drops are needed to fill up a bucket. [click to continue…]

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Digging Deeper on Teen Killers

by Diane Dimond on February 14, 2011

Teen Killers - Some Deserve Life W/O Parole

I goofed. I thought I had researched it thoroughly enough but the response to my last column showed me I did not. Consider this my mea culpa.

The column was about the number of juveniles we sentenced to life without parole (LWOP) on charges of murder or accessory to murder. I quoted a Human Rights Watch report that placed the number of “children” sentenced to LWOP at 2,574. I questioned how America’s international stance on human rights squared with our “routinely toss(ing) kids” into prison for the rest of the lives.

As comments to the column rolled in I realized I had only written one side of the story. [click to continue…]

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Our Youngest Lifers – Disposable Children

by Diane Dimond on February 7, 2011

America Locks Up Children Forever

Quick, a question: What does the United States of America have in common with the African nation of Somalia?

Answer: They are the only countries to refuse to sign Article 37 of the 1989 UN document entitled, “Rights of the Child.”

What’s that mean? Translated, it means America stands shoulder-to -shoulder with a primitive east African nation in routinely refusing to acknowledge the rights of children. And, America is also the only known nation in the world that allows children under the age of 18 to be tried as adults and sentenced to prison forever – with absolutely no chance for parole. In a majority of U.S. cases the child is charged with murder but sometimes they have simply been in the company of someone else who committed murder.

Hey, wait a minute! [click to continue…]

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