ESPN had excellent segment about homeless basketball player
ESPN’s E-60 had an excellent segment by reporter Shelley Smith July 30, 2017 about a woman who went from college basketball star to a schizophrenic homeless person. In 2000, Schuye LaRue was ACC Rookie of the Year at the University of Virginia. After her sophomore year she abruptly decided to turn pro and ended up going to Italy to play. After a brief time, she returns home to the Washington DC area to live with her mother. Continue reading
Columbia MISSOURIAN David Webber Jul 28, 2017
Guest Commentary: Death of a homeless man focuses assessment of local effort.
Last weekend a homeless man collapsed and died two days later. His name was Michael; he was 46 years old and an alcoholic. Continue reading
I changed the background of this blog from a panoramic view of the U.S. Capitol to George Caleb Bingham’s County Election painted in 1852. Bingham (1811-1879) is well-known in Missouri for his depictions of ordinary life in the mid-1800. He served in the Missouri House of Representatives in 1848. It is an era piece for it shows only white males participating in elections. If all citizens had been paying attention to their responsibilities the past couple decades maybe we would not be in today’s chaos.
Looking for Faith and Fellowship at Chautauqua 2017
I spent July 8-15, 2017 at the Chautauqua Institution listening to first-class lectures and discussions examining “Is there a Crisis in Faith?” Chautauqua is a beautiful 740 acres on a lake in western New York, isolated from social reality, opened for nine weeks a year with a different theme each week. It was founded in 1874 to train Methodist Sunday school teachers and has been non-denominational since 1890. It was nationally known before World War II and has hosted several presidential speeches. President Theodore Roosevelt supposedly said that Chautauqua “is the most American thing in America.” One speaker this week said “it is a little slice of heaven” to which someone replied “Heaven will certainly be more diverse.” Alas, the more than 5,000 participants were Christian or Jewish, highly educated, mostly over 50, and . . . white. The speakers were much more diverse. Take a look here: Chq.org or www.ciweb.org Continue reading
Carl Update: I found Carl after three months
After three months of casual looking, I finally happened upon a homeless guy I call Carl. I was happy to see him. A week ago, his daughter had told me where to look.
I first met Carl last February 1 when he was dropped off by a taxi from the hospital at closing time at a soup kitchen where I volunteer once a week. I did not know what to do that cold night and dropped him off at the bus station that was due to close in 30 minutes. I was disappointed in myself, the hospital, and almost everyone who I spoke with about what I should do. I described this in a March 10, 2017 op ed essay in the Columbia TRIBUNE
The Spill Makes Us Sad, the Moratorium Makes Us Mad
That’s it: This may be the simplest statement for the obstacle that progressives need to hurdle for there to be widespread public support for governmental intervention of many types. The question may be: do citizens prefer to be sad or mad? Continue reading
The Pennsylvania jury in the Bill Cosby trial has been deadlocked for five days and asked the judge for the meaning of the term “reasonable doubt” as in “beyond reasonable doubt.” Based on my service on four juries, I suggest that lawyers and legal observers misunderstand how the typical citizen-juror thinks about the concept. Two years ago while a juror in a “criminally negligent manslaughter” case, a single juror held out over the concept “beyond a reasonable doubt.” He said “I think the defendant is guilty but I always have “reasonable doubt” about serious questions. Therefore, if the test is “beyond that point,” I vote “not guilty.” To him, the key term seemed to be BEYOND not “reasonable” in the phrase “beyond reasonable doubt.” Yet, whenever I’ve heard judges and lawyers talk about the concept they focus on “reasonable” not on “beyond.” Continue reading
There will be a discussion of “13th” Monday June 12 at 7 PM at the Boone Home (4th Street) next to Second Baptist Church (in Columbia, Mo). Below are links to related background information. Continue reading
Here is my major point: the “federal tax burden” has increased from 17.2 to 17.8 percent of GDP between 1963 to 2016. To point out it has increased from $4,121 per person to $10,114 per person and then to argue “every American should be outraged over this scandal” is misleading and dishonest. Continue reading
On May 23, 2017 I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the newest part of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC. https://nmaahc.si.edu/
Despite what I had heard about the impossibility of getting admission tickets for less than three months in advance, I was able to get a same-day ticket online at 6:30 AM that morning. They were all gone by 8:30 that morning. There are also “walk up tickets” available at 1:00 PM until they are gone. Continue reading