Minimum wage recall
St. Louis, Missouri residents are in for a shock when August 28 rolls around. Minimum wage workers currently making $10 an hour will have their wages cut to $7.70 an hour to match state standards. Most of us have only seen minimum wages increase or remain the same, not roll backwards. Seems a bit deceitful, doesn’t it?
State legislators stepped in to repeal a law that would increase the minimum wage to $11 by January 2018. It’s clear that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has taken a hands-off approach, blaming politicians for dragging their feet. He said, “The uncertainty for businesses could have been avoided if they had done their job on time. I disapprove of the way politicians handled this, that’s why I won’t be signing my name to their bill.” Although Greitens chose to keep his name off the bill, he didn’t veto it either.
We can’t help but wonder how the 23 percent cut will affect residents, possibly more foreclosures, repossessions or homeless?
We agree that there are consequences to high minimum wages, but believe this could have been handled differently. Can you imagine the hardships this will cause?
Rep. Higgins at Auschwitz
Louisiana’s U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins recorded a video inside a gas chamber at Auschwitz that immediately, and rightfully, elicited condemnation from people and organizations around the world, including the Auschwitz Memorial and the Anne Frank Center.
The Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland was operated by the Nazi SS, where from May 1940 to January 1945 an estimated 1.1 million people were killed. Prisoners at Auschwitz (also called Auschwitz-Birkenau) included Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel. Auschwitz is a place of horror, and being inside a gas chamber at such an awful place is not the time to take any kind of video. It is the memorial state, a place where there should be “mournful silence.”
Higgins stated in his five-minute video posted on YouTube on July 1 that the deaths at Auschwitz inspired a “great sense of dread” in him and that “this is why Homeland Security must be squared away, why our military must be invincible.” His message lost all meaning, and could be construed in a number of ways. Certainly, filming inside a place of such horror is not only inappropriate but makes his comments all the more sensational.
He could have got his message across standing outside of the grounds or anywhere else and just talking about what he saw. Instead, he showed great disrespect for millions of people around the world — both alive and dead.
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On Wednesday, July 5, Higgins retracted the video and apologized. This wasn’t his first video on YouTube, and certainly not his most controversial. We hope that the congressman learned something. We hope he learned not only about filming in such a sacred spot, but also about himself.
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Ohio sheriff refuses to carry Narcan
We have written at length about the struggles of opioid addiction and the benefits of law enforcement carrying Narcan, a “miracle drug” that reverses opioid-related overdoses. One sheriff in Ohio is making a stance against Narcan that caused jaws to drop. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is refusing to allow his deputies to carry the drug for safety reasons.
Jones is not a fan of Narcan because he says the safety of his deputies is compromised when overdose victims are revived. He said “they are often violent and almost never happy to see the police.” Safety is a top priority, but there is something to be said for being the only sheriff in Southwest Ohio whose department refuses to carry it, especially since Butler County had a record number of overdose deaths last year.
Maybe it’s time for Jones to review his stance and take note of how the “miracle drug” can save lives.