Benito Mussolini, the infamous Italian fascist, once said of his country’s press, “Italian journalism is free because it serves one cause and one purpose, mine.” He was shot to death in April 1945. His body was beaten, abused and hung on meat hooks in Milan’s public square by a resentful mob of citizens. More recently, Brazil’s newly elected President, Jair Bolsonaro, described the influx of immigrants in the country as, “The scum of the earth is showing up in Brazil, as if we didn’t have enough problems of our own to sort out.” He had a knife driven five inches into his side by a radical left-wing opponent at a Sept. 6 campaign rally. Citing these extreme cases demonstrates how the political system in a country can devolve into a more radical and even violent state. These are but two examples of a simple political logic: strong-arm tactics and hateful rhetoric will produce a response from not only from those who are abused and slandered, … [Read more...] about War of Words: How Rhetoric Can Turn Ugly
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Jimmy Butler said he was ready to practice again Thursday, a day after he memorably returned to the Timberwolves and confronted teammates and the front office. Except there was no practice. The Wolves canceled their previously scheduled practice and media availability set for Thursday in advance of Friday’s preseason finale at Milwaukee, allowing Butler’s eventful Wednesday to simmer without anyone from the organization trying to comment on what happened or try to cast in a positive light. It was a curious move considering coach Tom Thibodeau and some Wolves players have said in recent days there is still a lot to work on ahead of Wednesday’s opener in San Antonio. Instead, Butler reportedly held a players-only meeting Thursday in which he aired “his feelings toward (the) situation and management,” per a tweet from The Athletic. The same tweet said Butler “expressed to players he would compete with them, as signs pointing to him staying with the … [Read more...] about Butler reportedly held team meeting Thursday, preparing to start year with Wolves
Editorial by Rep. Ryan Tipping, D-Orono, who is the House Chair of the Legislature’s Taxation Committee. Tipping is serving his third term in Augusta. Well, it’s fall, and that means it’s time for the annual tradition of false Republican attacks on TV, radio and social media. But in the end, actions speak louder than words, and I want to tell you how Democrats’ actions this year helped working class Mainers and seniors. Just before we adjourned for the year, lawmakers passed changes to Maine’s tax code that – on the whole – will make life better for working families and small businesses. After last year's federal tax overhaul, we faced a significant choice. Every time the federal government changes how we pay taxes, Maine must decide how it will adapt to those changes. This time, that was no small task. Fully conforming to the changes made at the federal level would have meant more than a $200 million dollar tax increase on working … [Read more...] about Tax reform takes steps to turn around Gov. LePage tax cuts for 1 percent
opinion Ricky L. Jones Opinion contributor Published 2:20 PM EDT Sep 27, 2018 The recent stop of the Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby for supposedly making an “improper turn and having an improperly displayed license plate” has once again brought the issue of policing in black communities to the fore. While this controversial stop has elevated emotions on both sides, it is dangerously myopic to reduce the examination solely to Dr. Cosby, the pastor of St. Stephen Church and president of Simmons College. He is only a foil. In the grand scheme of things, his case is minor. He was not beaten. He was not killed. Many black people who have encountered police over the years have not been so lucky. Still, his case is instructive. When Metro Councilman Bill Hollander opined that Cosby’s stop smacked of racial profiling and deserved scrutiny, Louisville Metro Police Department District Commander Maj. Eric Johnson spanked his hand with a muscular missive that did not … [Read more...] about Racial profiling: Can Louisville police do no wrong?
Dear Catholic Church: I’ve been your staunch defender for as long as I’ve been able to speak. Credit 17 years in your schools and a family that forced me to try to live the lessons I learned. When people would ask why I stuck it out with you when so many others had given up on you, I had a ready answer: Show me a religion founded on and dedicated to better principles than the ones you preach, to love one another, take care of the weakest among you, turn the other cheek and forgive your enemies. Even when you let me down, when you called homosexuality a sin, refused to consider allowing priests to marry and continued to push women away from leadership roles, I disagreed with you even as I stood by you and believed in you. You are my family and that’s what families do: Even when someone screws up, you stand by and defend the family. I won’t anymore. I can’t. Maybe this day should have come a lot sooner. I guess it did for a lot of people. All the former … [Read more...] about Bruce Andriatch: An open letter to my church that I never wanted to write