by Dorothy Philbin l CNBNews
The Aircraft Carrier Kittyhawk - those of us who were in town in 1962 remember the launching of the Kittyhawk. The building of that ship kept much of Gloucester City employed. Sadly, the Kittyhawk has outlived her usefulness and she has been decommissioned. She recently arrived in Texas where all security- sensitive equipment will be removed and then, sadly, she will be scrapped.
If the Kittyhawk were built today it would cost $250 billion. For how much did the government sell all that steel? How about $1? I wasn't able to learn the recipient of our government's generosity, but someone got a bargain and that bargain would cost each taxpayer $1,745. If you haven't given back all the COVID money you received last year, this should do it.
Another victory for the average person - The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has ruled that a high school football coach had the right to pray on the 50-yard line after the game. Sometimes some of the players would join him if they chose but he never asked them to. Some parents complained that this was a violation of the separation of church and state, but the court saw it as Freedom of Expression (First Amendment to the United States Constitution.)
A New York judge ruled that New York state could NOT let more than 800,000 or more non-citizens vote. We all know that only citizens can vote in federal elections but several states have decided to let not only non-citizens but also convicted felons to vote in local and state elections. How would this work? Would they tell the non-citizens and felons "just skip the first row of names and go to the next?" I'm sure that would work just fine. Everyone, especially those forbidden by law from voting, would follow the rules.
Parents of a Rhode Island public school student were charged $74,000 for copies of the curriculum their child was learning. The state's law doesn't specify how much a school can charge for photocopies and it appear that these parents request a lot of copies but they have a valid point. The parents pay federal, state, and local taxes all of which go to schools so they should be entitled to anything, within reason, that they request. The question is - who decides what is reasonable? This is already going to the state's court but I can see this going to the federal level.