Security measures leave courthouse marginalized
Today, my wife and I had to go to the Allen County Courthouse to get a copy of our marriage license. Before entering, we had to leave our cellphones in the car and then pass through the security checkpoint. This included me removing car keys and my wallet and my wife sending her purse through the metal detector.
Then we had to also pass through the metal detector. Because I set off the alarm, I then was wanded and told to lift my pants. All for a copy of a legal document.
Our courthouse is certainly the most beautiful and historic building in the city. We love seeing the amazing architecture and art but rarely go because of the security rigmarole. A couple of times, we've had visitors from out of state and Europe who would have very much enjoyed viewing the interior, but we decided that it was too much of a hassle. Apparently, our courthouse is too beautiful to photograph.
Contrast this with New Mexico's Capitol building, in which everyone is welcome. One can simply walk in and view its beauty. Even the governor's office is open to visitors.
I understand that cameras should be banned in the courtrooms. Surely there must be a better way for citizens to enjoy our most beautiful and important building without our government acting like we're going through TSA. Can we not do better?
Banks' vote supported Planned Parenthood
Why is Jim Banks voting for Planned Parenthood? I thought he was pro-life. Yet Banks voted to fund Planned Parenthood in the 115th Congress.
In HR 6157 – the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 – Banks voted yes when the bill was in the House the first time (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2018/roll313.xml). Then, Banks somehow voted no on the Conference Committee Report (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2018/roll405.xml).
So Banks was for funding Planned Parenthood before he was against it. Who is Banks trying to fool? He says he's pro-life but votes for giving money to a private organization that does abortions before voting against it. We need someone who will actually be consistent on voting for life, and voting against expanding debt.
House passing bills; It's McConnell doing nothing
In response to a recent letter concerning the “do-nothing” House of Representatives, the House has passed over 100 pieces of legislation. Those bills include the For the People Act, which is a comprehensive package of reforms to limit partisan gerrymandering and limit the influence of donor money. They have also passed gun control bills, the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, health care bills and the Paycheck Fairness Act.
All of those bills are sitting in Mitch McConnell's “in” basket and will go no further. According to Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, “Other than the nominations, which are important, we have done nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada.”
Blame culture of violence
Surely a major cause/contributor to the shootings is that often, Americans choose to be entertained by violence – on TV, in movies, in games and in literature. We normalize and glorify it.