Friday, May 14, 2010
I was unaware The Capitol needed protection until I read this well-organized blog post written by Cindy Pham, a fellow classmate. She explains why it would be a good idea, and why supporting the side against adding metal detectors and security sensors isn’t being careless. She is pro-getting the security advancements added as she provides an example of a shooting that occurred outside The Capitol in January and presents a strong case in her favor. Personally, I’ve been to the Capitol a few times and never saw the need for increased security, but if it ensures safety, why not, right? This blog post presents the pros and cons in a compact version as she provides details and events in relation to the topic. I recommend this article to anyone who lives in Austin, has been/planning on going to The Capitol, or any tourist interested in visiting this building.
I chose to read my fellow colleague, Yessenia’s blog post for my assignment as her very well written editorial caught my interest. As you may know by now if you have been reading my blogs; I am not a Rick Perry supporter. Ironically, this blog discusses his motives behind cleaning up our lakes in Texas of the rapid spread of Salvinia. I found this blog to be very informative and clear, so understanding the reading was very straight forward. Yessenia writes of how she likes “the thought of our governor doing something good for our lakes.” Right after that she reveals Rick Perry’s motive behind cleaning the lakes; Salvinia threatens the fishing industry, which grosses 2.4 billion for the state economy. She was very kind when writing about Perry, whereas if it were me; it would’ve been merciless. I enjoyed reading this post and would like to extend my gratitude to the writer for writing it.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Quite frankly, I am not a strong supporter of any governing body; all politicians to me are crooks and liars. It’s easy for me to down on the government, but let’s face it; without it, there would be anarchy and all order would be gone. However much I would love to continue writing about flaws in our Government (on a national or state/local level), lately I've been more concerned with the 2010 census; which reminds me, i need to fill it out and submit it. Recently on the news I heard of a census related shooting as someone hired to go out to homes and assist families with filling out the census form and wasn’t very welcome. I’m not sure exactly what happened but this just shows you how much ignorance is spreading. People want to complain that the government should do this and that, or that it isn’t providing for the citizens correctly. The census helps the government get you in the system (kills me to say it), it helps them see where you’re coming from and what arrangements might be necessary to help improve your way of life. When I heard about this shooting I was slightly appalled that it would escalate to such a level where people need to pull out firearms over a piece of paper? There are many problems in the system as I am aware, and the government is “ too lazy” to fix them, or they want to work on the bigger picture forgetting what they need to take care of first. Even with healthcare, I support Obama and his healthcare movement, for he did it with good will for the people, and still there are people, and governments opposing it. I guess whenever there are people and issues; there will be talk and argument. Some people see progression as destruction of their traditions, as others see it as a mandatory change needed in society. Whenever there is disagreement, there is conflict. In the United States, everyone faces their government in times of crisis and conflict. Where is the independence and freedom that this country was founded on, I don’t think any human being(s) should be given the kind of power that the government has.
Like the title says, "desperate times call for desperate measures," and when you are a Republican candidate whose name is Rick Perry going up for re-election, it couldn't get more desperate. All the hoopla about immigration has stirred up a great deal of concerned Hispanic voters. Rick Perry, who has never tried very hard to appeal to our state's Spanish-speaking crowd, has now begun to, as a major player in his campaign for upcoming gubernatorial race. Through his “new press secretary Alejandro Garcia,” he hopes to gain support of our local Hispanic community; whom are “not likely to side with [him] in his re-election contest in November against Democrat Bill White.” Garcia is responsible for their campaigns Spanish-language website and mostly Spanish-language Twitter and Facebook group. This article, written by Corrie MacLaggan helps us see how former Governor Rick Perry’s campaign might be struggling and how he hopes to regain support of Texan voters. This reading is important because it keeps us informed with important information relating to our upcoming Governor elections.