Shade: My point Hal is that R families r involved. We cant afford 2move 2Ritzville so we more understanding of someone like Zimmerman profiling & trying 2protect us against thuggish influences. 2014-02-20 09:57:03
If ur family was here u too might make other choices but instead u get on ur high horse & criticize profiling (that isnt necessarily racist)… & then u promote $10/gal gas taxes so we cant even afford the better side of town.
Hal: Shade – I do not dispute your right to protect yourself and your family nor do I believe I have ever questioned that right. Both Zimmerman and Dunn initiated contact with the individuals whom they killed when neither was in any physical danger whatsoever. Likewise, there were no proximate family members or anybody else who required any protection from either Zimmerman or Dunn.
I support the concept of neighborhood watches and if Zimmerman had contented himself with notifying the police and letting them handle the situation, nobody would have been hurt and Zimmerman wouldn’t be a sought-after interview.
I don’t remember criticizing profiling at least not recently. That said, I think, profiling based on race, is a pernicious practice and we (almost certainly) saw the most tragic results of the practice in the killings of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Dunn.
Your comments regarding my family are inapposite. Our neighborhood experiences break-ins just like virtually every other. We do not live in a gated community nor does our house or any other house in our neighborhood have a security gate or fence. Several years ago the beltway snipers committed a murder within a 1/2 mile of the house. One of the reasons that I am glad we have Ginger is because she barks very loudly whenever she sees strangers – especially ones who come to our house – and is very protective of my wife.
As I have said on numerous occasions, I take seriously your concerns about the negative implications of a gas tax on working and middle-class families. My proposal to return monies collected to all Americans on a per capita basis would put more money in the pocket of most members of the 99% than it would take out and presumably make better neighborhoods affordable to some of them. Still, I would want to make sure that those with moderate incomes and below who drive more than the average number of miles for reasons beyond their control receive additional assistance to transition to a more efficient lifestyle. Your comments have made me more aware of the need for this remedy.