Well, it's finally summer. At the Gateway we've had a month-long break from printing and a lot has happened. In fact, there's been so much activity in the political world that it would be impossible and, truthfully, unfair of me to pick just one to comment on. So in the spirit of ‘catching up,' here's a random selection of comments on recent events for your enjoyment.
Some interesting events happened recently in the arena of sex politics in America. It's too early to tell yet whether we'll see any positive changes, but what I've observed so far has been tentatively encouraging.
One of the pressing issues facing the presidential candidates this election is how they will handle the nation's immigration problems.
The last few weeks, gay rights have stolen the stage as the key social issue facing this country. While the Supreme Court has heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition Eight, conservative states have attacked a separate social issue. With changing views on gay rights, conservatives have begun looking elsewhere to advance their political agenda. Since the election, Republicans have tried to find a conservative solution to a changing demographic. Many have suggested a more moderate stance on social issues could be the answer, but red states continue to stick to their socially conservative core.
Bellevue's new Chick-fil-A is currently under construction, just a mile or so from where I live (as the crow flies). There's been much excitement building ever since the news broke several months ago. People really like their chicken, and apparently there's real demand for fried chicken sandwiches served six days a week.
Two weeks ago, at an Indiana Senate debate, Eric Turner, Republican state representative, delivered comments that angered many. While discussing an amendment to an anti-abortion bill that would allow women whose pregnancy is the result of rape or incest to undergo the procedure, he implied that women who want an abortion could simply lie about being a victim.