Thursday, December 18, 2014

President Obama's courageous decision on Cuba

by Lara Spenzak

President Obama sent a strong message to the world that he will not let hate-mongers like Conservative Republicans stop the march to progress. 

Cuba has been a victim of U.S. policy for decades and I only wish that President Obama had acted sooner. But I understand that he had deal with the mess created by the Bush disaster first. And I think Cuba can help the U.S. in ways that many people may not be able to realize now. 

First, Cuba has a first-rate medical care system. Free and first rate medical care is available to every Cuban. The emphasis there is helping people, not profits. Remember it was Cuba that offered to send doctors to the U.S. to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina but Bush said no. 

Cuba is also years ahead of the U.S. in providing state-sponsored sex-change operations 

Consider what President Castro said about the Affordable Health Care Act: 

"Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform "a miracle" and a major victory for Obama's presidency, but couldn't help chide the United States for taking so long to enact what communist Cuba achieved decades ago." 

Well said President Castro! 

Cuban also have access to first-rate and free education in schools while most American kids do not. Cuba has very little to no negative impact on the environment. 

We are better, stronger and happier with Cuba as a friend. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Should we consider disbanding all police departments?

Should we consider disbanding all police departments?

Instead of helping people the police seem to be hurting and killing people.

by Lara Spenzak.

After the killing of Micheal Brown we are now faced with death of Eric Garner who was choked to death by NY police for selling cigarettes. As with Micheal Brown, Garner was another person of color who was minding his business, hurting or bothering no one when the police confronted him and killed him.

In the aftermath of the killings of Trayvon Martin and Micheal Brown I called for the removal guns from police departments to reduce the threat they pose to innocent people especially people of color and diversity. But Garner was choked to death, not shot to death with a gun. This raises the need to discuss what role, if any, should police departments have in our society.

Instead of helping people we are seeing more and more incidents where the police are confronting, hurting and killing people.    Why are tax dollars being used to fund armed police departments with this going on?

Instead of choking Eric Garner the police could have LISTENED to him and could have arrived at a peaceful understanding.   But instead of trying to understand Eric Garner, they attacked him and killed him.   This is scary and I don't want to live in a society where this can happen to anyone at anytime.

What we need are people who can help us and who can make an effort to understand and not be confrontational.    What we need are social helpers, community organizers and nice people who don't have guns but have good intentions and the ability to listen and understand other people.