God won’t protect churches from covid
Certain things should not need elevation to a decision by the Supreme Court.
In an ordinarily sane society, Andrew Cuomo’s executive order limiting attendance in houses of worship during this pandemic would just be a strong public health recommendation that the majority of citizens would respect in the interest of their own and their community’s well-being.
But in these polarized times it became a constitutional issue of freedom of religion rather than logical public health science. The Supreme Court may have applied constitutional law to its deliberations, but it certainly failed to apply science or common sense.
If you think that your god will protect you from covid because you are in a house of worship, I have a bridge to sell you.
Fox is not the only source of news bias
I read Mr. Cuddihy’s Nov. 24 letter (“Want the truth? Stop watching Fox”) regarding Fox News and had to chuckle when I realized that he honestly must believe the other news sources deliver fair and unbiased news.
I recall last year the news reporting about the young Catholic high school student on a school trip to Washington, D.C., who was wearing a MAGA hat and was filmed in a confrontation with a Vietnam veteran.
Instead of actually investigating what really happened, the so-called news organizations jumped on the bandwagon and totally got the story as to what really occurred wrong.
Thankfully this young man got a good lawyer and both CNN and the Washington Post had to reach out of court monetary settlements with him which I’m pretty sure these news organizations probably didn’t report on.
This is only one of many examples of erroneous or incomplete reporting by these organizations and I can’t count the number of times The Washington Post has had to retract a previously published story because of errors or untruths. If Mr. Cuddihy doesn’t believe that CNN and MSNBC are “highly politicized money-making entertainment networks,” then I’m not sure what he believes they are. Much like Hannity and Ingraham on Fox, Maddow and Cuomo on these other networks are also opinion hosts, and one hopes he’s obtaining his “news” from sources other than these networks.
Make U.S. Senate reflect population
Joe Biden’s presidential win may only be a Pyrrhic victory, since the Senate will likely remain in Republican hands. Visions of tax hikes for the wealthy and corporations, infrastructure spending and needed supplemental grants to states and cities seem doomed.
But instead of packing the Supreme Court with more justices, Democrats might consider packing the Senate itself.
Eleven states with about 18 million people (Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Hawaii, Delaware, Arkansas, Alaska and South Carolina) send 22 senators to the U.S. Senate.
New York, with about the same combined population, sends two senators. This might explain why Republicans rule the Senate; because more populous states generally lean Democrat.
New York state’s bicameral system sends one senator to Albany for about two assemblymen.
Were the U.S. Senate so composed, the political weighting would be far different. And there would be no need to contemplate the need to expand the Supreme Court in order to gain more federal and Supreme Court judges.
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