HATE THE HEAT; GET USED TO IT

</100 degree days are becoming the norm this summer. If you are among the minority and don't believe climate change is here, the filter between you and the sum is disappearing, it's not going to get any better.

I use to sit on the beach with no sun tan lotion, in the sun all day. Loved the beach. Now I have a ton on lotion on me, and within 15 minutes, I am done like a Thanksgiving turkey.

Trump is a fool to think he is smarter than the hundreds of scientist around the world who are trying to fight climate change with alternatives earth saving methods.

This not fake news people. It's happening.

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING ON THE RISE

Immigrants so desperate to come to America are in many cases victims of perople promising freedom for large sums of money.
As President Trump declared January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness month, human trafficking is rocketing out of site.

Strict immigration policies make immigrants an easy target for human traffickers to exploit their victims. Detention centers, family separation, and threat of ICS raids make it easier to entrap the vulnerable.

I don’t mean paying $500 for a one way ticket, no thousands. They make false promises of jobs in the US. Deceived and desperate, vulnerable people place their trust in a person promising security and stability, only to find the horror that awaits them when they cross the border. NO refunds.

Our country needs humane immigration policies that help eliminate human trafficking, not encourage it.

DO YOU REALLY THINK……

Their have been many visits by president Trump and most recently VP Pence to check on the conditions at border detention centers.

Both have returned from those visits stating how wonderful conditions are.

Out of the hundreds of detention centers, do you really think the guides are really taking our two leaders to the worst of the worse?

A recent visit by members of Congress including Delaware’s two US Senators, Chris Coons and Tom Carper.

Coons reported, “Conditional are getting less bad as supplemental appropriations provides funding for more facilities and supplies, but we should not be mistaken: For our country to have children and families in detention under the circumstances I saw in McAllen is unacceptable,” he said.

He said individuals were being provided water that was so heavily chlorinated as to be barely drinkable, many detainees were not told where their family members are; and instructions provided to migrants on when and where to appear for immigration hearings were solely in English and lacking specific dates, describing one site as “a dog kennel.”

I don’t care what your position is on immigrants, many of these people coming in legally asking for asylum, but this country treats prisoners accused of murder better than we are treating these immigrants.

I FAVOR THE STATE’S LODGING TAX BILL

Kent and Sussex County are mulling options for raising the lodging tax in addition to an 8 percent state public accommodations tax on rent for occupancy of rooms in hotels, motels or tourist homes in Delaware.

Local residents pay taxes to the state, county, and those living in municipalities to support infrastructure, police protection,trash removal, building code enforcement and other government needs.

Tourist pay a flat 8%,visit, do their thing, and return home. Five percent of the 8% goes to the state’s general fund with 1 percent designated to the state Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Control’s Beach preservation Program, 1 percent to the Delaware Tourism Office and the other 1 percent designated in the proportion in which collected to the duly established convention and visitor’s bureau in each county.

An additional tax could generate more than $1 million earmarked for specified projects in Sussex County. The bill specifies how the county’s may spend the money they generate by the new tax: from beach nourishment to flood control projects.

Projects which should be paid for by tourists.

IF IT LOOKS LIKE A DUCK……..

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.

Robert Mueller looks like a Republican, walks like one, and you can bet he’s a Republican.

Wednesday,tomorow, Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify before House members. Don’t expect him to say anymore than we already know. He will not throw the president under the bus.

Question all they want Democrat questions will be answered by short answers including Mueller using the latest message from the Justice Department to stick to the 40 page script.

Republicans will be lobbing soft ball questions. A waste of time and taxpayers money.

DELAWARE WAGE $15 HR?

Will the Delaware Legislature in the final weeks of their session pass the minimum $15 an hour wage bill? Chances not as proposed. Maybe amendments to $12, or over a period of five years, or not at all.

Many of the larger corporations can pay the $12 an hour such as Walmart, Starbucks, Micky D’s, some already are, but the smaller mom and pop businesses, already struggling competiting against the big box stores can’t afford the increases. 

Sussex County in a recent survey is the best county in Delaware to live but is also the poorest county mainly because many work for minimum wage especially in the tourism industry, which is only seasonal. Most small business, those employing 5 people or less are in Sussex County.

Raising the minimum wage is a catch 21. Even with $15 an hour with today’s rising prices and even more with Trumps tariffs, many families with two working can’t make ends meet especially with raising a family.

Governor John Carney has proposed a $10 minimum wage. I think closer to the number that will pass.

Regardless how much the increase, companies are going to pass the increase onto; guess who?

GUN BILLS FAIL IN DELAWARE SENATE

 

For a short period last this month gun lovers and NRA members began to circle their wagons. The Democrats were coming after your weapons, infringing on your 2nd amendment rights, and finally the government is coming to take over US citizens after they are disarmed.

At least that’s what one gun advocate said at the Delaware State Senate hearing recently comparing the state senate’s action to the days of Hitler and I quote: “Gun registration has always has been a prelude to gun confiscation, and gun confiscation has always been a prelude to, let’s see, just a few minor blips such as the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, the killing fields of Cambodia and more recently the socialist destruction of Venezuela. Hitler, Abdul Hamid, Pol Pot,(Hugo) Chavez, (Nicolas) Maduro, those are big shoes to fill indeed. “

Then the block buster, “I suppose if I were a politician, I might be a wee bit more comfortable with a disarmed citizenry too. It’s sad that you are nervous, but take my word, You will not disarm us.” Where did these bills say anything about disarming your second amendment rights?

Really, is this what our country has come to. They really think our government is going to disarm its citizens. Trump has pulled some wild ideas, but I don’t think this is on his agenda, quite the opposite.

But gun lovers, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The Senate Committee voted NOT to let the three bills out of committee, and the possibility of them being brought up this year are a no go. Guess who controls the Senate committee? Democrats!!! Can you believe that? Even after the chairman of the committee promised the governor and the public he would bring the bills to the floor for a vote this year! A cowardly act which should send an apology to the public that wanted this legislation passed.

And he mentioned a majority of Democrats opposed the legislation. Hail to the NRA. Republicans as usual, opposed all gun legislation along party lines but offered no legislation of their own. My research found a majority of members in Congress are members of and on the take from the NRA when it comes to contributions. So I assume a majority of members of the state legislature in Delaware are also.

One of my jobs as former State Election Commissioner was to follow campaign contributions to members of the legislature. When gun bills came up I liked to follow the money. I could count the votes. The same with the tobacco industry.

What does it take to get people to understand no one wants to take away your second amendment rights, legislation is only meant to put weapons in safe hands, hopefully to eliminate or at least reduce the number of mass killings.

Even watching the outdoor show on WBOC-TV I don’t see hunters using a grenade launcher or a repeating rifle in their hunt for wild life. They appear to be able to put food on their table with normal weapons.

I don’t know of one state which says you can’t own a gun for protection or hunting nor has introduced legislation to take away second amendment rights. No state that I know of has legislation stating you cannot own a gun. I just don’t want my body riddled with bullets or blown to bits by a grenade launcher should one want to come after me. One shot, one small bullet will do the trick.

I suspect most people don’t read gun legislation. The NRA gets people fired up, their membership rises and the words, ‘gun control’ comes to the minds of gun activists. You can bet someone from the NRA was involved in the recent legislation. I suspect what bothers most about gun legislation is making it more difficult to purchase a fire arm.

You should have a gun for home protection, but not an assault rifle, or a gun with a 15 round clip. Nor does a hunter need to possess a fire arm with a magazine of 15 rounds. Those weapons have been used in the mass slayings and should be sold only to our military and law enforcement.

There three bills were up for consideration; SB 68 mirrors Maryland’s ban on assault weapons; SB 70 would bar possession of a magazine containing more than 15 rounds with the exception of military and police officers; SB 82, the qualified purchaser card bill, would require a person fist apply to he Department of Public Safety, and Homeland Security before buying a gun.

The synopsis for SB 68 prohibits the manufacturer, sale, offer to sell, transfer, purchase, receive possession, or transport assault weapons in Delaware, subject to certain exceptions. Some of the legislation grandfathers those who have these guns in heir possession. What is wrong with that?

A question asked by one Republican legislator during the debate, “Why are you pushing the assault weapons ban when no mass shootings have taken place in Delaware and nearly every shooting in the First State involves a handgun?”

The correct answer that comes to my mind was the same answer given by the bills sponsor; “Whether you agree or disagree with various aspects of the bill, I don’t think particularly it’s a persuasive argument to that say we should wait until someone is or isn’t killed with regard to this kind of firearm. Debate should be on whether these specific kinds of fire arms should or shouldn’t be publicly available,” said the sponsor.

All people fighting for gun legislation want is to assure weapons don’t get in the wrong hands, tighten up the loop holes which allow the purchase of guns illegally.

I wonder….should a mass killing occur in this state with assault rifles would the legislature do anything to keep those weapons out of the hands of people or do nothing but respond with, “You are in our prayers.” I think the latter……unfortunately.