You can't ignore people who have the ability to obstruct bills so they aren't even heard on the floor, or who control so many votes that they can ensure that desperately needed aid doesn't arrive. Better than ignore them is to get them the heck out of there at the first possible moment. We have the power to do that with our votes.
Once again, the GOPers have proven that they lack any sense of humanity in their thinking. MIllions of people were devastated in one way or another by Sandy, yet it has taken more than 2 months to get any aid on its way to them. Held up from receiving aid by the GOP who, once again, think it's not their job to be their brothers' keeper. This kind of huge devastation is why we need support from the Federal government.. knowing that Uncle Sam will come in and help put things back together again after a hugely devastating event. Yes, we all help pay for it, but then we have the reassurance that if something happens in OUR state, we will be helped too. This kind of event is something no state could handle on its own. I was very happy to see that, for once, Republicans were standing up and holding Boehner and his co-horts to account for leaving people without aid months after the storm occurred. Imagine what they are going through, still - and it's winter now! This isn't Haiti where there is a lack of resources, or where government isn't properly organized to be able to help states recover from a disaster. We ARE our brothers' keeper, and he is ours when disaster strikes us. That's what "United" means.
Lisa, you have every reason to be proud of the work you did and what you accomplished. The generosity of all of those who donated goods and money is wonderful to hear about. It's wonderful to know those devastated by Sandy weren't forgotten as soon as the storm was over. Great work, Lisa, and all those that helped you! I'm sure there are many very grateful people who were encouraged by your support and the receipt of actual things they needed to get started again.
I'm serious when I say, WE need to do something. Complaining to each other isn't enough. We need to write or call our legislators, country prosecutors and judges and demand better protection for people who have protection orders, but those orders don't get enforced. We need teeth in them and those teeth need to actually bite hard when someone violates the order. If enough of us demand change there will be change. As for his rights, when he is served with the protection order, he knows that if he violates the order he goes to jail.. so he has a choice. His rights are protected. All he has to do is obey the law, just like the rest of us have to obey laws or get arrested and thrown in jail.
This is what is wrong with our system. It offers no protection to women who are in imminent danger. Here is a guy who dared to violate a protection order. Showed up at her home, knocked the phone out of her hand when she tried to call police and she had to barricade herself into a room in order to avoid being seriously injured. And what happens to the guy when he gets arrested? He gets an incredibly ridiculously and shamefully low bail of $180!!!! Oh yeah, and he signed a contract, which we all know he will obey, since he paid so much attention to the protection order! So he will be out in no time and more angry at her than ever. The time has come – is long past due – when we MUST demand that women who are in danger of being injured are provided with REAL protection. Protection orders must provide REAL consequences when men break them. It’s shameful and terrifying that this state does not offer real protection for women. Of course, men don’t fear violating protection orders. Why should the? History shows us that nothing is going to happen to them. Nothing will happen to him unless he actually seriously injures or kills her. THEN he’ll be in trouble! Of course, it won’t do her much good since she is going to be in the hospital or worse. Most of our murders in this state are a result of domestic violence. Shouldn’t that fact, alone, tell us that we are not doing a good job of protecting women who are in serious danger? Please, write your legislator, your county prosecutor and your judges and demand that they start providing real protection for women in danger and real consequences to men who violate protection orders… the FIRST time they violate an order.
This is what is wrong with our system. It offers no protection to women who are in imminent danger. Here is a guy who dared to violate a protection order. Showed up at her home, knocked the phone out of her hand when she tried to call police and she had to barricade herself into a room in order to avoid being seriously injured. And what happens to the guy when he gets arrested? He gets an incredibly ridiculously low bail of $180!!!! Oh yeah, and he signed a contract, which we all know he will obey, since he paid so much attention to the protection order! So he will be out in no time and mad as hell at her. Will that judge thing he or she did the wrong thing if the woman winds up dead because the system didn't protect her from this man? What is wrong with this picture?! Why is it that women have to be seriously injured or killed before men who violate protection orders are put in jail as a result of that violation, and KEPT THERE!? This lack of protection is shameful, yet the justice system seems to feel no shame. We need to write our legislators and our prosecutors and our judges and demand that there are REAL consequences of violating protection orders, and that women who are in danger are REALLY protected!
Jeffrey, thank you for providing additional information. It makes so much difference. The story about the little boy giving his toybox was really heartwarming. Your wife, Lisa did a tremendous job getting this all organized. I'm sure it was a lot of work, but at the same time very fulfilling to see so much accomplished. People tend to forget those who were left without anything after such a storm. After the big story passes and you don't see it in the paper anymore, people forget that those who were devastated by the event are still trying to figure out how to put their lives back together and how they will get even the basics for themselves and their families. Your wife didn't forget and took steps to actually make something happen! Great work!
This is a great story - the kind that renews your faith in mankind. Much needed after reading stories about UPS Delivery guys who steal packages from people's doorsteps; people who steal toys meant for poor children, and stories about people who actually steal a Christmas tree loaded with the names of children who need donations in order to be able to have a happy Christmas. Not that it's bad to report it... it's bad that it happens! The thing that is missing from this story,though, is what the heck was sent?! "Donations" isn't a descriptive word at all. I'd like to have known what kind of donations were sent to the victims of Sandy...