Sunday Blog: Is the Confederate Flag controversy really about racism?

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (17) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Caldwell Forever · 267 weeks ago Bravo! Very well said. Report Reply 0 replies · active 267 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 267 weeks ago Where can I buy a one. Report Reply 0 replies · active 267 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 267 weeks ago My problem what will they go after next that they are not happy with. It is a slippery slope and they will not be happy until they ruin this country. Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Nothing to see here · 267 weeks ago I love the “tell me where I can buy one” crowd. The person that is that passionate and attached to a flag yet completely dismisses someone else’s perspective as if it’s childish and petty. I’ve heard Caucasian males cry reverse discrimination for a decade and have always invited them to spend a day in a black man or any race of woman’s shoes. Man, it must be a horrible existence being a privileged white man in America. Oh the horror. Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Rodney King · 267 weeks ago Why can’t we all just get along? Report Reply 0 replies · active 267 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 267 weeks ago I decided early in life there are certain things i would rather not look at again. For instance, mangled bodies in a car accident. So, i try to not look unless i have to. Now, if one has a rainbow sticker or flag, they’re labeled. A flag is merely an emblem, a sign. You don’t have to look. And no twist of the senses can deny you the sweet smell of success in life through hard work and prudent choice. Ive fallen, made mistakes and felt disenfranchised, mad and wanting to blame somebody or something. In the end, the answer is always the same: its not about what needs to be changed in the world to suit me, its how *I* needed to change and adapt to it. Pull up your bootstraps, dust yourself off, and succeed on your own merit. We arent entitled to anything and if you dont like something, dont look. Character, grace, and effort are a formidable combination. Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 267 weeks ago Gee, I wonder how Wellington citizens will react to this article. (Just kidding, I already know) Report Reply 2 replies · active 267 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down SuCoPride · 267 weeks ago I love how everyone is crying about their free speech being violated. No one is saying you can’t display this flag proudly at your home, or on your car, or on your hat, or that tacky t-shirt…etc. You are free to do so as you please. They are simply asking that it not be flown in official purposes for the state/nation, and I think that is the sound decision. Whether it means this to you or not, for many it has become a symbol of hate, and it is used in such a manner. I’ve always found it odd that the flag of the defeated has been flown in any official capacity at all. Yes, it has a historical significance, but in my opinion it has no CURRENT significance. Report Reply 2 replies · active 266 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Deanne · 267 weeks ago SuCoPride, then why is the Gettysburg Civil War Museum no longer carry items that only depict the Confederate flag by itself, for Heavens sake it is a part of the CIVIL WAR, can’t change history. You can buy nazi flags but not one that is part of American history. I find the rainbow flag offensive, what are the chances of banning that one? Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — I remember the flag controversy in South Carolina in 1995. There was a strong debate about taking the  Confederate Flag off the top of the statehouse. The flag had been put up there in the 1960s as part of a celebration of some kind. There were people who wanted it to come down because it had become a symbol of racism, while others wanted it to stay as a symbol of heritage.James JordanBy that time I had lived in Columbia, S.C. a couple of years, and to that point had never noticed the flag up there. It was rather small and up very high, so unless you were looking for it, you would not notice it in most cases. But it did become a point of contention.The thing I remember most is the debate itself. For the most part people made their arguments, and eventually a compromise of moving it to the statehouse grounds was reached.Also during that time, both sides held a rally on the statehouse grounds, at the same time on the same day. At one end were flag supporters, what many would call rednecks, proudly displaying their flag. At the other end were those that wanted the flag down, and a good majority of those were black people.There was some concern among law enforcement, and they were plenty around just in case things got too testy, but both sides were on their best behavior. Both sides had speakers, music and all the rest. I also watched at the edges, where the two sides were close together, and both sides went out of their way to avoid problems.I am a southerner, but I have never really understood the flag. Growing up, it was just a flag that meant rebelliousness, and nothing more. It was really kind of a joke.But later on I did learn it was offensive to some people. I did understand the debate. There is the idea of preserving history, and the war between the states was about more than slavery. The bottom line to me was that it was offensive to a large section of the population, and therefore it should come off the state capitol.I am not sure that helped with the problem of racism at all. In some ways I think we were better back then at working things out than we are now. I’m not sure two sides on any issue could hold a rally side by side at the same time and not have it get violent. That is where we have come in 20 years.There was the shooting in Charleston last week that was horrible. It was racially motivated and shows that racism can rear its ugly head anywhere at any time.Some want to use it to create gun control, while others want to use it as a reason to get more guns. One presidential candidate blamed the victims for voting against a bill that would have allowed guns in churches in South Carolina. One of the dead was a state representative. Still others wanted to use the event to promote the idea that Christians are under attack, even though the shooting had nothing to do with religion.But plenty of people are talking about taking the flag down, and some are even blasting things like civil war re-enactments, which have nothing to do with race at all.Yet no one is really talking about the real problem of racism.Where is the voice of reason in all this?Have we deteriorated that much since 1995?I don’t see our society dealing with racism. I see people trying to use it for political purposes which makes this tragedy even worse.———Jordan is staff writer for Sumner Newscow… This article was first published in the examiner.com… http://www.examiner.com/article/flag-issue-misses-the-point-charleston-shootingFollow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Must win situation for Nelson Leafs

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsIn years past the Nelson Leafs have faced must win games — but against Grand Forks, a team the coaching staff generally gives the back-up goalie the start and an opportunity for the players to improve the individual stats?However, when your record is 5-8 and 10 points from the top of the division, every game, especially against a team lower in the standings, are, well you guessed it, a must-win game.The struggling Nelson, losers of two straight and three of its last five games, face the Border Bruins Saturday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.“There are huge games coming up,” said Leaf sniper Adrian Moyls when asked about the weekend tilts against Grand Forks and Sunday in Spokane. “These games are going to be crucial to our year.”
 Nelson is a not-very-good 1-1 against the perennial Murdoch Division bottom feeders from Grand Forks.The Leafs received a rude awakening to start the season when the Bruins scored six power play goals en route to a 6-2 victory. Nelson managed some revenge, thanks to a four-point night from Gavin Currie, to take the rematch 8-3.One aspect the game the Leafs may want to improve if the club wants to make a run in the Murdoch Division is the power play. The club is a dismal 1-for-31 with the man advantage in October.“Our power play has got to get going,” Moyls admitted, one of the many Leaf forwards with no power play goals. “Right now there’s no finish. It’s getting better but right now it’s not good enough.”Grand Forks just might be what the doctor ordered to help the Leafs regain some confidence. The Boundary City squad had one win in its last ten games, and has allowed league-high 5.30 goals per game this season — perfect medicine for a team that scores 2.70 goals per game.Sunday Nelson travels to the Lilac City to meet the red-hot Braves. Spokane had reeled off six straight wins before the Fernie Ghostriders cooled the Braves with a 7-4 victory.LEAGUE NOTES: Spencer Brodt of the Rebels has a few more games to sit on his four-game suspension for a gross misconduct during an October 9 home contest against Beaver Valley. . . .Brodt’s teammate Adam Smith and Ryan Schibler of the Bruins received one-game suspensions for earning game misconducts in the last 10 minutes of the game October 16. . . .Taylor House and Stefan Jensen of Osoyoos lead the KIJHL in scoring, respectively. Ryan Aynsley of Castlegar is third. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Rebels, Leafs begin what could be a long stretch of games between the two West Kootenay rivals

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily Sports There should be no question in the minds of the Castlegar Rebels and Nelson Leafs who their respective first round opponents will be when the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs begin. The Rebels thought to have a chance at stealing away the Murdoch Division title from the front-running Beaver Valley Nitehawks after beating the Fruitvale squad four consecutive times. But the Hawks answered the bell Sunday in the Sunflower City, bouncing the Rebels 7-3 to all but end Castlegar’s stretch run to the title. So Friday in Nelson, unofficially, begins a best-of-eleven series between the two West Kootenay rivals. Of course the first four games — including this weekend’s home-and-home series starting Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena — will be a feeling out period. The real business takes place in Castlegar in the third full week of February. “Right now we’re preparing for the playoffs,” said Leaf coach and GM, Frank Maida. “Every day is important for the players to get ready, both mentally and physically.” Of course, you know the Rebels have a little more to play for than the Leafs. Steve Junker’s crew is not mathematically out of the race for the Murdoch Division title — trailing the Hawks by nine points with nine games remaining. The Murdoch champ receives an easier first-round opponent in the Spokane Braves. Meanwhile, the Leafs will finish third in the Murdoch and travel to either Castlegar or Beaver Valley to open the playoffs. So there’s really no incentive to bust a hump before the playoffs. Right? On the contrary says Maida. “This is a big weekend for us against Castlegar and we want both games,” Maida confessed. “We want the boys to come out to play a full 60 minutes and play good hockey against Castlegar. “That’s our key, battling with them on every shift.”Ironically, Beaver Valley has had Nelson’s number this season, losing once to the Leafs. Castlegar has gotten the better of Beaver Valley, until Sunday’s game. But not lost in translation is the fact Nelson has played the Rebels tough this season, splitting the first four games. Which should make for a very interesting best-of-eleven series starting Friday in Nelson.OVERTIME: Ironically is was a Nelson native that shot the lights out of the Rebels Sunday in Castlegar as Justin Niminiken not only scored the natural hat trick but added another goal and assist in the Beaver Valley win. . . .The Leafs finally have defenceman Blake Arcuri back in the lineup after the Nelson native returned from his second major injury of the season. Arcuri played in both weekend wins for Nelson over Golden and Columbia Valley. . . . Defenceman J.J. Beitel is listed as day-to-day. . . .Leaf coach Frank Maida was pleased with the play of rookie Carsen Willans on the recent East Kootenay trip saying, “Carsen played well all weekend but had a great game Saturday (against Columbia Valley.)” . . .No doubt the Walton boys will be front and center when Nelson meets Castlegar as Stuart, leading the Rebels in scoring, goes up against Andrew, goalie for the Leafs. Stuart Walton leads Anthony Delong in Castlegar scoring but Delong has the team lead in goals with 32. . . . Nick Newman leads the Leafs in scoring but Patrick Martens is back as the go-to guy. Martens, returning from the BCHL at the roster deadline, has seven points in three games including six goals. . . .The teams return to Castlegar for game two of the series. Game time is 7:30 p.m. in the Community Complex. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Perkins scores twice to power Bombers past Rockers in West Kootenay Fieldhockey

first_img“We had great defence by Lauren Walgren and Emma Gregorich and the mid field is amazing with Hailee Gerun, and captains Naomi Perkins and Allie Zondervan,” said coach Val Gibson.The Bombers return to the pitch Tuesday in to play J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail, Wednesday Stanley Humphries before competing in the Kootenay Tournament Friday and Saturday at Pass Creek.On Tuesday, October 21the semi final playoff game is being played between the second and third-place finishers in the West Kootenay League.The Final is set for Thursday, October 23.There is a wild card game in Kelowna on Tuesday, October 28th for the runner up of the West Kootenay League. The L.V. Rogers Bombers head into a hectic week on the schedule after edging Stanley Humphries Rockers 3-2 Thursday in West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey action at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar.Naomi Perkins led the Bombers with a pair of goals whbile Nao Butterfield added a single.Jenna Wheeldon was in goal to register the win for LVR. It was the first time guarding the cage for Wheeldon.last_img read more

Report Dortmund to rival Bayern Munich for Timo Werner

first_imgBorussia Dortmund have reportedly joined the race for the signature of RB Leipzig star Timo WernerThe 22-year-old forward is highly-rated in German football and has been strongly linked with a switch to Bayern Munich.Last week, Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff announced he will sell Werner if he refuses to sign a contract extension due to his current deal expiring in June 2020.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.But Bild reports that Bayern may be set for some hefty competition from title rivals Dortmund in the battle for Werner’s services.The report adds that Dortmund believe the Germany international will fit in well in their system due to his explosive pace, quick feet and scoring ability.Premier League sides Liverpool and Tottenham have also been linked with a move for Werner, who has scored 11 times in 17 Bundesliga games for Leipzig this season.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Occupational Therapy Assistant at CareOneFull-Time Account Manager (Aftermarket Sales) at AmetekFull-Time Cost Accountant at AmetekFull-Time Senior Systems Engineer at MKS InstrumentsPart-Time Package Handler at UPSPart-Time Package Hander at FedEx GroundFull-Time Drivers & Movers at Xpress MoversPart-Time Weekend Laborer at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time Sanitation Laborer at Packers Sanitation Services Full-Time Project Manager at Security Source(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Panera Bread Recalls Cream Cheese Across US Over Listeria Fears

first_img Share Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty ImagesPeople walk by a Panera Bread in Manhattan in 2015.Panera Bread has announced it is preemptively recalling all of the 2 ounce and 8 ounce cream cheese products sold at its 2,000 U.S. locations. The fast-casual chain said it had made its decision “out of an abundance of caution” after samples of one of its cream cheese varieties tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.The company notes that “no illnesses have been reported.”“The safety of our guests and associates is paramount, therefore we are recalling all cream cheese products sold in the U.S. with an active shelf life. We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility,” Blaine Hurst, Panera’s president and CEO, said in a statement released Sunday.He added that “only one variety of 2-ounce cream cheese from a single day yielded the positive result” — though the company is including at least 10 varieties across both sizes in its voluntary recall:“Affected 2 oz. Cream Cheese Varieties (example pictured below): Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.“Affected 8 oz. Cream Cheese Varieties (example pictured below): Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.”Panera Bread CompanyPanera Bread provided images of the varieties of 8 oounce cream cheese included in the recall, including this shot of plain.All of the varieties with an expiration date on or before April 2 have been included in the recall.Listeria, a type of foodborne bacteria, has prompted several widespread recalls in the U.S. in recent years — including 2016, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recalled more than 350 frozen vegetable and fruit products at major grocers across the country.Panera Bread CompanyChive and onion is one of the varieties of 2 ounce cream cheese Panera Bread is preemptively recalling.At the time, Lydia Zuraw of Kaiser Health News explained the deadly dangers of a possible listeria outbreak:“Most healthy immune systems can keep an infection at bay, but if the bug makes it into the bloodstream, it causes listeriosis and kills 1 in 5 victims.“Older adults, pregnant women, newborns and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of infection. People 65 and older are four times more likely to get sick from listeria than the general population, and pregnant women — who may not develop listeriosis themselves but whose babies could be threatened — are 10 times more likely.”A listeria outbreak earlier this month in South Africa killed dozens of people and sickened hundreds more, after a poultry abattoir spread the bug into the wider population. Reuters, citing a food microbiologist, reported that the outbreak “appeared to be the biggest ever recorded.”Panera Bread, for its part, said the listeria found in its own varieties of cream cheese appears to be contained: “Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative,” the company explained in its announcement.For now, the recall affects Panera Bread locations in the U.S. only. Customers who purchased their cream cheese in Canada and elsewhere can continue to spread and dip as they wish.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more