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Good News, Bad News, No News

Palin in Charge, Files on the Lam, and Citizen Enforcers

John Moe

Angela Kim

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Vigilante parking ticket writers?
(Mess of Pottage)

1. So the Republicans just finished their convention. The talk of the convention was Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her nomination to be vice president. Also there was some old dude talking about something as well. He said he was her running mate or something. Palin dominated the Republican Convention with a well-received speech, a complicated family life and a controversial past. Was Palin's dominance of the RNC good news, bad news, or no news?

2. Ever take the wrong file home from work? Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales did. In a new report from Gonzales's former employer, the Department of Justice, he's cited for bringing 17 files home that should have stayed in his secured office. The files related to interrogation of terrorism suspects and the NSA wiretapping program. Gonzales says he forgot the combination to his home safe. Is this report good news, bad news, or no news?

3. Citizens of Asheville, N.C., are taking the law, and a pad of parking tickets, into their own hands. Asheville is effectively deputizing anyone who completes a five-hour training course to write parking tickets for vehicles illegally parked in handicapped spots. Parking space vigilantism: Good news, bad news, or no news?

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  • By Jacki Amos

    From Davis, CA, 09/06/2008

    I was appalled at the responses to the item regarding handicapped parking tickets issued by ordinary citizens. Most of all, I bristled at the response that treated obeying laws as a contest with law ennforcement. Whatever happened to the idea of simply obeying laws? Citizen anger at law enforcement officers who cite them for breaking laws is seriously misplaced. How else are we to maintain a functional society?

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