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Under the law, both Federal and State of Florida, damage caused by a boat wake is treated exactly the same way as damage caused by a physical, fiberglass-crunching collision.
Recently a Yacht and sportfishing boat were involved in such a case. Perhaps the operators of both the yacht and the sportfishing boat did not realize how their wakes could combine into a veritable tsunami, or they were just more interested in making it back to the dock than in reducing their speed. Regardless, the combined wake of the two boats violently rolled a Jon boat, causing serious injuries to its passengers. The passengers sued both vessels and their owners for their injuries as well as pain and suffering.

It's important to realize that the incident took place outside of any no-wake zone, so neither captain was likely overly concerned about their wakes nor realized the extent of their liability.
Hopefully one day every citizens will learn to respect the other people who travel the waterways and the marine life that live there too. Till then more no-wake zones are needed.
There are many inland waterway areas that are not designated no-wake zones, this summer a group of locals are creating videos of boaters on the Coast of Florida creating dangerous wakes on such waterways.
They say they have over 60 volunteers in our area traveling inshore and offshore with video cameras running.
The videos will help state officials to create miles and miles of additional no-wake zones in our inland waterways.

What you really have to know, see state chapter below. The entire chapter is too long to print here but here are some good points to consider:

327.33 Reckless or careless operation of vessel.—
(1) It is unlawful to operate a vessel in a reckless manner. A person who operates any vessel, or manipulates any water skis, aquaplane, or similar device, in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property at a speed or in a manner as to endanger, or likely to endanger, life or limb, or damage the property of, or injure a person is guilty of reckless operation of a vessel. Reckless operation of a vessel includes, but is not limited to, a violation of s. 327.331(6). A person who violates this subsection commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

327.46 Boating-restricted areas
(1) Boating-restricted areas, including, but not limited to, restrictions of vessel speeds and vessel traffic, may be established on the waters of this state for any purpose necessary to protect the safety of the public if such restrictions are necessary based on boating accidents, visibility, hazardous currents or water levels, vessel traffic congestion, or other navigational hazards or to protect seagrasses on privately owned submerged lands.
(a) The commission may establish boating-restricted areas by rule pursuant to chapter 120.
(b) Municipalities and counties have the authority to establish the following boating-restricted areas by ordinance:
1. An ordinance establishing an idle speed, no wake boating-restricted area, if the area is:
a. Within 500 feet of any boat ramp, hoist, marine railway, or other launching or landing facility available for use by the general boating public on waterways more than 300 feet in width or within 300 feet of any boat ramp, hoist, marine railway, or other launching or landing facility available for use by the general boating public on waterways not exceeding 300 feet in width.
b. Within 500 feet of fuel pumps or dispensers at any marine fueling facility that sells motor fuel to the general boating public on waterways more than 300 feet in width or within 300 feet of the fuel pumps or dispensers at any licensed terminal facility that sells motor fuel to the general boating public on waterways not exceeding 300 feet in width.
c. Inside or within 300 feet of any lock structure.
2. An ordinance establishing a slow speed, minimum wake boating-restricted area if the area is:
a. Within 300 feet of any bridge fender system.
b. Within 300 feet of any bridge span presenting a vertical clearance of less than 25 feet or a horizontal clearance of less than 100 feet.
c. On a creek, stream, canal, or similar linear waterway if the waterway is less than 75 feet in width from shoreline to shoreline.
d. On a lake or pond of less than 10 acres in total surface area.
3. An ordinance establishing a vessel-exclusion zone if the area is:
a. Designated as a public bathing beach or swim area.
b. Within 300 feet of a dam, spillway, or flood control structure.
(c) Municipalities and counties have the authority to establish by ordinance the following other boating-restricted areas:
1. An ordinance establishing an idle speed, no wake boating-restricted area, if the area is within 300 feet of a confluence of water bodies presenting a blind corner, a bend in a narrow channel or fairway, or such other area if an intervening obstruction to visibility may obscure other vessels or other users of the waterway.
2. An ordinance establishing a slow speed, minimum wake, or numerical speed limit boating-restricted area if the area is:
a. Within 300 feet of a confluence of water bodies presenting a blind corner, a bend in a narrow channel or fairway, or such other area if an intervening obstruction to visibility may obscure other vessels or other users of the waterway.
b. Subject to unsafe levels of vessel traffic congestion.
c. Subject to hazardous water levels or currents, or containing other navigational hazards.
d. An area that accident reports, uniform boating citations, vessel traffic studies, or other creditable data demonstrate to present a significant risk of collision or a significant threat to boating safety.
3. An ordinance establishing a vessel-exclusion zone if the area is reserved exclusively:
a. As a canoe trail or otherwise limited to vessels under oars or under sail.
b. For a particular activity and user group separation must be imposed to protect the safety of those participating in such activity.

Any of the ordinances adopted pursuant to this paragraph shall not take effect until the commission has reviewed the ordinance and determined by substantial competent evidence that the ordinance is necessary to protect public safety pursuant to this paragraph. Any application for approval of an ordinance shall be reviewed and acted upon within 90 days after receipt of a completed application. Within 30 days after a municipality or county submits an application for approval to the commission, the commission shall advise the municipality or county as to what information, if any, is needed to deem the application complete. An application shall be considered complete upon receipt of all requested information and correction of any error or omission for which the applicant was timely notified or when the time for such notification has expired. The commission's action on the application shall be subject to review under chapter 120.
(3) It is unlawful for any person to operate a vessel in a prohibited manner or to carry on any prohibited activity, as defined in this chapter, within a boating-restricted area which has been clearly marked by regulatory markers as authorized under this chapter.
(4) Restrictions in a boating-restricted area established pursuant to this section shall not apply in the case of an emergency or to a law enforcement, firefighting, or rescue vessel owned or operated by a governmental entity.

As we enter another potentially deadly Atlantic hurricane season here in Florida, it is important to think about how you can protect certain critical estate planning documents in the event you are forced to suddenly evacuate your home. After all, if you have gone to the trouble to make a will or trust but the originals are washed away in a storm, what good can they do you? Here are a few basic things to keep in mind when it comes to securing your valuable papers.

What Are Your Critical Estate Planning Documents?
As a basic rule, your estate plan should include–at a minimum–a will or living trust, a durable power of attorney, a designation of a surrogate to make healthcare decisions for your, and a living will. You should always make sure these four critical documents are secure but accessible to you or a family member should the need arise.

Where Should You Keep Your Critical Documents?
There is no single, correct answer to this question. It will depend on your situation. Many people keep their critical estate planning documents in a locked box or safe in their home. Some people keep it in a bank safe deposit box. Each approach has its pros and cons. For instance, if you keep your original will in a safe deposit box, your executor may not be able to access the document right away. But keeping critical documents at home may risk their loss in the event of a flood or fire.

Should I Keep Copies or Electronic Versions of My Documents?
It never hurts to have backups, but keep in mind that copies do not necessarily have the same legal force as signed, original documents. For instance, while it is legally possible to probate a copy of a will in Florida, without the original document the copy may be subject to challenge. And with other documents, such as a power of attorney, it may be impossible to record certain real estate transactions without the original document to prove an agent's authority.
On the other hand, when it comes to healthcare planning documents, the lack of an original document is not as important. Many hospitals and nursing homes will accept a copy.

What Do I Do if My Original Documents Are Lost?
Many people do not have the presence of mind to take their estate planning documents with them in the event of an evacuation or other sudden emergency. If you have lost your original documents, you should contact your estate planning attorney as soon as possible. In many cases, your attorney will keep duplicate signed originals in their files. And if necessary, your attorney can assist you in executing new documents.
Even if you haven't lost your estate planning documents, it never hurts to sit down with an attorney and conduct a periodic review of your will, trust, power of attorney, and healthcare directives. If you need advice from a qualified Fort Myers estate planning lawyer, contact the Kuhn Law Firm, P.A., at 239-333-4529 to schedule a free consultation today.

Hawaii is making history. The island state became the first to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxin linked to asthma and seizures that damages brain development in children.

Governor David Ige signed SB 3095 into law last month.

The law goes into effect in July and will impose a partial ban on chlorpyrifos by January 2019. Anyone who wishes to continue using chlorpyrifos may do so only by applying for an exemption with the state. No exemption will be granted after 2022, and the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos is completely banned starting in 2023.

The new state law creates 100 foot no-spray buffer zones around schools and requires large-scale pesticide users to disclose the Restricted Use Pesticides they are spraying.

The mandatory reporting and no-spray zone provisions are effectively immediately with no exemptions.

Governor Ige said, “Protecting the health and safety of our keiki [children] and residents is one of my top priorities. We must protect our communities from potentially harmful chemicals. At the same time, Hawaii’s agriculture industry is extremely important to our state and economy.”

“We will work with the Department of Agriculture, local farmers and the University of Hawaii as we seek safe, alternative pest management tools that will support and sustain our agriculture industry for generations to come,” the governor said.

The national Agency for Toxic Substances warns, “Breathing or ingesting chlorpyrifos may result in a variety of nervous system effects, ranging from headaches, blurred vision, and salivation to seizures, coma, and death, depending on the amount and length of exposure.”

Chlorpyrifos has been widely used in homes and on farms. In the home, it is used to control cockroaches, fleas, and termites; it is also used in some pet flea and tick collars. On the farm, it is used to control ticks on cattle and as a spray to control crop pests.

Chlorpyrifos is a white crystal-like solid with a strong odor. It does not mix well with water, so it is usually mixed with oily liquids before it is applied to crops or animals. It may also be applied to crops in a capsule form.

The pesticide’s fearsome health effects led the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, under the Obama Administration to propose banning all of its agricultural uses, but the current administrator, Scott Pruitt, reversed this pledge in March 2017.
SB 3095 marks a new chapter for Hawaii residents, who have repeatedly demanded protection against pesticides. The world’s largest agrochemical companies experiment and develop their genetically engineered crops in Hawaii.

Because the majority of these crops are engineered to resist herbicides, testing and development of these crops results in repeated spraying of toxic chemicals. Many of their operations are adjacent to schools and residential areas, putting children and public health at risk.

Voluntarily reported pesticide use data shows that these companies apply thousands of gallons and pounds of Restricted Use Pesticides in Hawaii each year.

The Center for Food Safety, CFS, provided legal and policy assistance to this effort. The Washington, DC-based NGO helped draft SB 3095, lobbied for its passage, and encouraged public participation in the legislative process.

CFS also published the first-ever analysis of pesticide use data and its relationship to field trials of genetically engineered crops in Hawaii.

Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety, said, “Hawaii is taking action that Pruitt’s EPA refused to take by banning chlorpyrifos. Hawaii is courageously taking the first step towards pesticide policies that will provide for more protection for children as well as more transparency.

Kimbrell believes that other states will follow Hawaii’s lead.

Ashley Lukens, director of Hawaii Center for Food Safety, said, “The families of Hawaii have fought year after year, against millions of dollars of industry spending, all for these basic protections from dangerous pesticides. During these dark Trumpian times, we need stories like this to remind ourselves that when we persevere, we win.”

In 2013 and 2014, the counties of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii Island passed ordinances to regulate the pesticide practices of the genetically engineered seed industry. Despite popular support, the industry responded by suing each of the counties, arguing that they lacked the authority to regulate pesticides.

CFS attorneys defended the counties in federal court, but the ordinances were overturned in 2016 by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled that it is up to the state, not counties, to regulate agriculture, forcing community members to direct their pesticide lobbying efforts to the state.

Since 2015 a coalition of community members has introduced legislation each year asking for a statewide framework for no-spray buffer zones and disclosure. Thousands testified each session in support of the bill’s passage.

During the legislative debate in February, Agriculture Committee Chair Representative Richard Creagan, who represents part of the Big Island of Hawaii, said, “The profits of the chemical companies are going up and the IQs of our babies, of our keiki, are going down. We have an epidemic of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders in children and chlorpyrifos is one of the contributing factors.”

“The EPA banned chlorpyrifos for indoor use over a decade ago,” Creagan said. “The EPA in our country had thousands of pages of damning evidence and were ready to ban chlorpyrifos for all food uses when Scott Pruitt was appointed by President Trump and scrapped that plan. Enough is enough! We cannot wait for a compromised EPA to act. It is time to ban this close cousin of the nerve agent Sarin. We are treating our babies like the Syrian dictator Assad is treating his own civilians. It is time we stop bowing to the dictates of the chemical companies.”

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2018 All rights reserved.

"The problem is not that we disagree, but that our disagreements have become so callous, emotional and inconsiderate," wrote Michael Wear in his book "Reclaiming Hope." Wear used to work for President Obama on faith-based and neighborhood partnerships.

I was reading through "Reclaiming Hope" just hours after a memorial Mass for Michael Potemra, my colleague at National Review, the other day. He was an excellent editor, but Mike didn't agree with every word the magazine published.

None of us do, truth be told, but he'd be in that boat more often than most of us -- and he'd at least be funny about it.

The same day of Mike's memorial Mass, Melania Trump wore that jacket on the plane to visit migrant children who had been separated from their parents. "I really don't care, do u?" the jacket read. To me, it seemed pretty clear what it was about from the get-go.

Wasn't there obsessive coverage recently about her having "gone missing" from the public eye after surgery? I've done enough radio and read enough emails and comments in recent days -- or years -- to know that people are fed up.

They don't trust the media. Sometimes there's no trust of neighbors, and certainly not of strangers. Many are grateful to have a president who says what he is thinking to whoever will listen. I'm convinced the whole business with the jacket will get her husband's party more votes in the midterm elections.

That's where we are in America today. No Trump started the fire. As Wear put it, "Donald Trump is responsible for his actions, but the table was set for his election by what we deemed acceptable in our politics -- and in ourselves. ... The polarization of our politics and our communities is a defining feature of modern American life. Our inability to understand and empathize with our neighbors is straining our society to its breaking point."

Wear goes on: "Our politics is now predicated on making those who disagree with us beneath our notice. This is to the benefit of those who run for office and of the interest groups structured to ignore alternative viewpoints. But it is not at all to our collective benefit. We the people cannot allow our neighbors to become invisible, for doing so makes living together peaceably and fruitfully nearly impossible."

Charles Krauthammer died the same day as the memorial Mass for Mike. I only knew him a little, compared to many friends who worked with him day in, day out on Fox News and elsewhere. But he taught me about things fundamental to Christianity, frankly -- like the Beatitudes, in both personal deeds and in some of the questions he asked.

We've become a nation of pundits, watching and pouncing. But perhaps Charles Krauthammer and Mike Potemra died recently for a reason. Both of them had some sense of awe about them. A sense of stewardship and service, too.

In his final column, Charles wrote: "I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation's destiny." In his book, he talks about how our political questions are always at the service of the higher ones.

Wear cites C.S. Lewis: "A sick society must think much about politics, as a sick man must think much about his digestion. However, if either comes to regard it as the natural food of his mind -- if either forgets that we think of such things only in order to be able to think of something else -- then what was undertaken for the sake of health has become itself a new and deadly disease."

Having Mike around National Review definitely kept us from the "new disease" of taking ourselves too seriously, even when handling some of the most important issues of the day. He took these things seriously, but in balance.

And because his views could be unique, as he was, he set a challenge before us, one that Wear raises in his book: "On the issue of our day, we must not only ask ourselves whether our position is correct, but also raise to the surface the question of why our neighbors are not quite convinced as well."

It may have something to do with the way we made them feel during the course of a Facebook debate. It may have something to do with whether or not they have seen us as people of the Beatitudes. It may have something to do with whether humanity seems as important to us as politics, and whether they can tell humanity is the "why" of our politics.

A better politics requires us being better. Good men come and go, daily, who remind us it's possible, even among a nation of pundits.

Kathryn Jean Lopez

Following direction from Gov. Rick Scott and an emergency order issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) on June 21 began implementing an array of new actions, in addition to current efforts already underway, to lower levels in Lake Okeechobee and move water into the Everglades Water Conservation Areas. These measures, which would have been slowed by typical agency approval processes, will move forward on an expedited basis to help reduce the severity of and need for regulatory releases that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is making from the lake to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries.

South Florida's annual wet season got off to an intense start with 300 percent of normal rainfall across the region in May 2018, a record for the month. Locally, Martin and St. Lucie counties alone received 450 percent of the historical average for the month, with more than 16 inches of rain. This rainfall inundated the Water Conservation Areas and caused Lake Okeechobee to rise more than a foot. As a result, the USACE began making releases from the lake to the northern estuaries on June 1 for public safety.
New measures enabled by the emergency order include:

1) Moving water out of the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area in Palm Beach County into the C-18 Canal to create additional capacity to move water south.

2) Installing temporary pumps near the S-39 Structure to move additional water out of Water Conservation Area 2 to the Hillsboro Canal on the Palm Beach-Broward county line, creating capacity in the conservation area.

3) Installing temporary pumps at the S-151 Structure to move an additional 200 cfs of water out of Water Conservation Area 3A in Miami-Dade County.

4) Operating the S-152 Structure to move 400 cfs out of Water Conservation Area 3A.

5) Installing temporary pumps at several locations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties that will move water from the conservation areas into the L-29, L-28 and C-4 canals.

All of these emergency measures, coupled with actions SFWMD already had underway, help create capacity in the Water Conser- vation Areas to take water south from Lake Okeechobee. These ongoing actions include:

1) Using the S-5A Pump Station in Palm Beach County to move 400 cubic feet per second (cfs) out of the L-8 Canal to prevent water from gravity flowing back into Lake Okeechobee.

2) Moving water to tide through every available structure, including the Hillsboro, North New River and Miami canals.

3) Using the S-34 Structure to move 200 cfs out of Water Conservation Area 2A into the North New River in Broward County.

4) Fully utilizing the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin and L-8 Flow Equalization Basin, both components of Gov. Scott's Restoration Strategies Plan, to store water.

5) Storing water on public lands through the Dispersed Water Management program.

6) Working with private landowners to store water on their properties. Restoration Projects to Benefit the Northern Estuaries.
Over the long term, the District is working with its federal partners at the Corps to make steady progress on several ecosystem restoration projects throughout the agency's 16-county region. Now under construction or being planned, these projects will collectively reduce harmful lake releases to the northern estuaries and capture local stormwater runoff – both of which are responsible for excess freshwater flows to the estuaries.

Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir

Indian River Lagoon - South: C‑44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area

Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Project

Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project
Central Everglades Planning Project

Kissimmee River Restoration

Lake Hicpochee Hydrologic Improvements
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The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) is sponsoring an event to break the Guiness World Records title for the Largest human image of a seashell on June 21 at Fort Myers Beach.
National Seashell Day, which also happens to be the first day of summer, takes the celebration to the sand at The Outrigger Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach. The VCB is inviting the community to join The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel in this record-setting adventure.
The current title for the Largest human image of a seashell is currently held by Shell and Turcas Petrol A.Ş. and was achieved in October 2017 with 855 participants. This was the result of a team-building event with owners of Shell gas stations all over Turkey.
As the seashell capital of the world, the VCB believes this record should be held by The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
The VCB’s goal is to take the Guiness World Records title by organizing more than 1,000 people to participate on the beach to fill in the form of a seashell. A Guiness World Records adjudicator will be on-site to verify the attempt.

They need your help and the help of your friends too.

Visit because registration is required and they are asking for volunteers to include shirt sizes for everyone in your group when you register.
The event will be held – rain or shine – from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21, on the beachside of The Outrigger Beach Resort, 6200 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach.
Check-in is bright and early from 6:30 to 8:30 the Tiki Hut at the Outrigger.
Registered participants will receive Free Commemorative 2018 National Seashell Day T-shirts and hats, as well as complimentary water, fresh fruit, snacks, and entertainment. Tent seating will be available for shade but will be limited, so please bring a beach blanket or towel and sunscreen.
To be more environmentally friendly, please bring your own refillable water bottles as water stations will be available rather than handing out bottled water.
In order to have a well organized event they are asking all attendees to leave your pets at home as there will be no pets allowed.
Parking will not be available on-site at the Outrigger Beach Resort, however the FREE Park & Ride will be running: LeeTran's Beach Trolleys (Route 400) to and from the event with trolleys running every 10-15 minutes from Fort Myers Beach Park & Ride, 11101 Summerlin Square Road (first trolley arrives at 6:10 a.m.), and from Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd., east side (first trolley arrives at 6:50 a.m.).
Registered participants will receive a free bus pass in the registration confirmation email.
In the spirit of community, participants are encouraged to bring canned food or a nonperishable item on the day of the event to benefit the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee counties support of area food banks.

All registrants will be entered to win two round trip tickets on the Key West Express. Winner must be
present at the event to redeem.

They are requesting all participants to wear khaki colored shorts or pants

Use #NationalSeaShell Day to promote the event in social media.

Please note, there will be
no lockers or storage
available on site. Please make sure to keep your belongings on your person at all times.

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Finally, after agonizing procedural wrangling that is only a preface to even more agonizing floor debate, the House in the next several days will take up the immigration issue.
But the truth is that debates about immigration are even older than the United States itself, built as it was by 17th-century Colonial immigrants who, when they landed on these shores, encountered Native Americans who were likely the original immigrants.
From the earliest debates on the issue, the character and content of the American immigration discussion has changed little. Many want to come in; some want to keep them out. They refresh American culture; they alter American culture. They are the engine of economic growth; they are the enemy of the worker.
Pulitzer Prizes have been won on the immigration issue (Oscar Handlin, "The Uprooted," 1952); reputations have been soiled by immigration (Sen. Pat McCarran of Nevada, whose legislation was passed by Congress over Harry Truman's veto); a political party was formed around immigration (the Know Nothings of the mid-1850s).
Throughout all of this, what often is missed is an unusual congruence of opinion by two men with the same initials, one a Democrat now identified with the liberal wing of his party (President John F. Kennedy) and the other a Republican once considered to be on the leading edge of conservatism in his party (Rep. Jack F. Kemp).
Kemp, who represented the area around Buffalo, New York, a center of 19th-century immigration from southern and eastern Europe, worried that the Republican Party was veering from its roots and embracing immigration restrictions that could, in his words, "turn the party away from its historic belief in opportunity and jobs and growth and ... inward to a protectionist and isolationist and more xenophobic party."
Kennedy, in a small book written in 1958 as Congress was considering immigration legislation, took a similar view, arguing that:
The interaction of disparate cultures, the vehemence of the ideals that led the immigrants here, the opportunity offered by a new life, all gave America a flavor and a character that make it as unmistakable and as remarkable to people today as it was to Alexis de Tocqueville in the early part of the nineteenth century.

That book was reissued a few years ago under the title "A Nation of Immigrants," and though the 35th president was serious about protecting American borders -- one of his last acts in the White House was to propose a major overhaul of the country's immigration policies -- he also believed that much of the heroic nature of America was based on the immigrant experience:They huddled in their hard, cramped bunks, freezing when the hatches were open, stifling when they were closed ... Night and day were indistinguishable. But they were ever aware of the treacherous winds and waves, the scampering of rats and the splash of burials.

That was part of the Kemp creed as well. He argued that "immigrants are among the most hard-working and industrious of all persons who reside in this society. They are far less likely in their working years to -- despite poverty -- rely on welfare programs."
This debate has often been spurred by emotion. Kennedy was the first Catholic president (1961-1963), but not the first Catholic presidential nominee. That was Al Smith (1924); Rose Kennedy dismissed the Smith precedent because one of the New York governor's grandparents was Italian and the other German, while all four of Kennedy's grandparents were Irish. But Kennedy knew that immigration meant disruption, and he wrote this of the immigrants:
They brought with them a bewildering variety of language, dress, custom, ideology and religious belief. To many Americans already here who had grown accustomed to a common way of life, they presented a dismaying bedlam, difficult to understand and more difficult to respond to.

Kemp was an extemporaneous speaker of great ebullience who, in accepting the 1996 Republican vice-presidential nomination, said: "We are a nation of immigrants. We must close the back door of illegal immigration so that we can keep open the front door of legal immigration."

Kennedy's 1963 immigration bill would eliminate the quotas baked into American policy for decades. In an address to the convention of the American Committee on Italian Migration, he said: "We have this situation which has become nearly intolerable, where you have thousands of unused quotas in some countries while you have members of families, close members of families, in other countries who are desirous of coming to this country, who can become useful citizens, whose skills are needed, who are unable to come because of the inequity and the maldistribution of the quota numbers."

That speech was delivered on June 11, 1963. Hours later he gave a nationally televised address following the fractious admission of the first black students to the University of Alabama. In that speech he said, "Today, we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free." Two speeches on the same day, reflecting and asserting the same values.

David M. Shribman

Thursday, 14 June 2018 21:26


Now that Trump has solved Northeast Asia's problems, maybe he can get to a problem in our country -- in fact, within 10 miles of the White House. For some reason, The Washington Post recently ran an article on something important -- the MS-13 gang presence at a public school on the outskirts of our nation's capital, William Wirt Middle School in Prince George's County, Maryland.
The media's usual approach to the diversity being inflicted on us is: Don't report this! It's better if no one knows. Maybe the left has decided it's too late to do anything about the transformation of our country into a Third World hellhole, and Trump couldn't stop it even if he wanted to.
The Post reported that, like many schools up and down the East Coast, MS-13 has turned Wirt into a battleground. There have been near-daily gang fights, rampant drug dealing, one reported rape, gang signs on the walls, one shooting -- more in nearby schools -- and teachers afraid to be alone with their students. At least two students are required to have security officers assigned to them, walking them from class to class and watching them during lunch hour, on account of MS-13 threatening to kill them. 
How many different categories of immigrants require special law enforcement officers devoted to them? Thanks to mass Muslim immigration, the FBI has terrorist watch lists in ALL 50 STATES. That's why whenever there's a terrorist attack, the FBI says, Oh yeah, we were watching that guy. And now we have police bodyguards for kids at schools wherever "unaccompanied minors" have been dumped by our government.
In addition to the free school lunches, transportation, housing and health care to pay for all this wonderful diversity, immigrants are also massively ratcheting up law enforcement costs.
It would be enraging enough if bad things were happening to our country and the immigrants were paying for it. But we're paying for it. Wait -- you are offering to bring gang warfare, drug cartels and terrorism? We'll go top dollar for that! Put your wallet away! Your money's no good here!
Having made the odd decision to report factual information about immigration, The Washington Post was careful to include the gigantically irrelevant, painfully idiotic cliche: The "vast majority" of poor Latin Americans pouring into our country "enroll in school and stay out of trouble."
Yes, and the vast majority of boa constrictors stay out of trouble too. Let's put them in our schools! In fact, far fewer boa constrictors kill Americans each year than Latin American immigrants do. Less than one a year. And boa constrictors don't undercut you at the construction site.
We never hear that "vast majority" argument about the policies that liberals like. The "vast majority" of gun owners never shoot up a school. The "vast majority" of smokers will never get lung cancer. The "vast majority" of Americans do not benefit from Wall Street profits. 
Why are we subjecting ourselves to mass immigration at all? Hey, everyone, let's all get an HIV injection! Don't worry, the vast majority of us won't get AIDS!
We're certainly not doing it to be nice to Hispanics. They've been polled and polled and polled, and it turns out they DON'T want more people being brought in to take their jobs and drive down wages. Recent immigrants probably don't want their useless brother-in-law from Chiapas sleeping on the couch either.
In the 2012 presidential campaign, Obama's Spanish language ads didn't make a peep about immigration. Instead, he bragged about giving everyone free health care. (Sidebar: Unmentioned were the millions of people who lost their health care, thanks to all that free health care for immigrants.)
Less than two years ago, Republicans watched the most anti-immigrant politician in a century be elected president, with every major institution in America against him. Trump won more of the Hispanic vote than any Republican in a generation.
The Chamber of Commerce knows that Hispanics didn't come here to have their wages driven down by an unending stream of unskilled workers just like themselves. Republicans and Democrats know it. The only people who don't know it are Americans who don't want to hurt anyone's feelings by opposing the constant importation of unskilled, poverty-stricken immigrants.
The reason for this transformation of our country, our culture and our politics is to flood the market with low-wage workers and Democratic voters. Obviously, those are losing arguments, so the beneficiaries of mass Third World immigration lie. They claim that anyone who doesn't want to supply the rich with cheap labor must hate Hispanics.
Trump thought North Korea was hard? With immigration, we have all of the most influential forces in our culture on the same page. Immigration is a great unifier of the rich and powerful.
The rich are like sharks -- all appetite, no brain. With their cheap labor voting 7-3 for the Democrats, it won't be long until Democrats have a lock on government. What do you think they'll do then, Business Roundtable? Answer: Make it impossible to do business. Google "California."
With the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the Koch brothers' incessant lobbying for more and more cheap labor, we see exactly what Lenin said about the capitalists: They will sell us the rope with which to hang them.
The rich don't care. They can't think beyond next quarter's earnings. 


"Ring of Fire" The Music of the Legendary Johnny Cash, now playing at the Broadway Palm is not a musical biography of Johnny Cash's life such as in the Jersey Boys. it’s not a show with a fictional story interwoven around famous songs, as in Mamma Mia, and it’s not a collection of Johnny Cash's greatest hits either. It’s more of a musical collage loosely representing accounts of his life portrayed through an almost continuous flow of songs associated with the artist, one that doesn’t tell of events in a traditional biographical sense, but as a reflection of the heart and soul of a performer considered to be among the most influential musicians of the past century. Bringing each spectator on a trip down memory lane, while being drawn in by an engaging cast who take you through 30 stellar songs (not all original Cash tunes, but all recorded by him) that are the backbone, heart and soul of the show.

The cast of Danielle Barnes, Alex Canty, Tim Capal, Dani Cohen, Andrea De Vriendt, Tim Drake, Justin Droegemueller, Allison Fund, Alexander Kosmowski, Gary Leone, Jonah M. Martin, Matt McCllure and Emily Woods (in no particular order, but as listed in program) perform and interact with each other seamlessly. In fact, one of the most impressive aspects of this performance is their versatility, they not only have fabulous voices for singing and acting but at the same time play an amazing variety of instruments, from upright bass, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, fiddle and guitars, to harmonicas, spoons and a washboard too.

This cast makes it look easy, moving and interacting with one another effectively all the while singing and playing instruments. The female vocals were outstanding and even though never directly impersonating Johnny Cash, the male cast members made sure the spirit of the man in black was always in attendance.

The opening of the second half is a treat as Justin slaps that Upright Bass into a crowd-pleasing, musical frenzy, teasing us as he appears to slowly wind down, only to return and deliver a little more.

The cast is at their finest doing five-part harmonies, (or was it six), in songs such as “Daddy Sang Bass,” and at other times getting the audience going in favorites as "Jackson", "Ring of Fire" and "Cocaine Blues." At those times, the whole theater is moving with the audience dancing in their seats, toe-tapping or singing along. And while adorable in her lighter moments with her fiddle and her great smile, Emily Woods particularly shines when she displays her fiddling skills in "Orange Blossom Special." With a little encouragement from the cast, the crowd was soon challenging her with "faster, faster" and she was certainly up to the task.

One of the most telling songs for me was when the whole cast joined in on "I've been everywhere " which is a great representation of Cash's love of travel and performing live around the country .

Despite the serious elements of Cash’s life presented in many of these song, most of the musical elements are upbeat and joyful, under direction from Curt Wollan and presented with fun choreography from Candice Lively.

In closing, you will not come away from this show with a huge knowledge of Johnny Cash’s life. His troubled path, his relationships, and his addictions are never explored in the way the biographical film, "Walk the Line," was able to present them. Instead, you’re left with a sense of celebration; an uplift that comes when music reaches out and succeeds in pulling you in, something every performer desires when audiences hear their work. With this "Ring of Fire" cast it abundance; you don’t simply enjoy the songs, you leave the theatre finding yourself searching Youtube to hear them again with a desire to learn more.


Ring of Fire is playing until June 23rd at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater 
It is located in Royal Palm Square,1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33907 just off the corner of McGregor Blvd. intersection.
Tickets are still available, call: (239) 278-4422 to reserve your spots.
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The Center welcomes University of Maryland’s Holly Brewer, University of Virginia School of Law’s Risa Goluboff, and University of Iowa College of Law’s Lea VanderVelde to discuss the battle over race and equality across American history, from the Founding to Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Revolution. CLE credit available. In partnership with the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies.

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