Sunday, November 3, 2013

Addendum

In a few pieces of late, I've thought of additional points I wish I'd made or bits of information have turned up afterward worth mentioning. Here they are in no particular order:
  • Another stalwart of the House of Representatives that passed away recently and deserved mentioning in my "Gentlemen of the House" piece was Major Owens. Owens deserves a great deal of credit for one of the greatest pieces of legislation in the last 30 years--the Americans with Disabilities Act. As a floor manager during the debate and vote on the ADA, Owens worked with both parties to ensure the legislation received the support to send it to President Bush's desk. As the New York Times pointed out, he was a former librarian who valued education above all else, advocating for it throughout his tenure in Congress. He was, in a lot of ways, the House version of Senator Tom Harkin. He served in the seat held previously by Shirley Chisolm. He served from 1983-2007.
  • When I mentioned the service of the late Speaker of the House Tom Foley, what I failed to mention is that Foley was a strong supporter of Idaho's own Richard Stallings and even came to Idaho on Richard's behalf. Foley had encouraged Stallings to run again for the House in 1992, but Stallings opted for the Senate race against Kempthorne that he then lost.
  • In my piece on the Florida case of Freddie Hall, I failed to mention another book on the death penalty in this country that is both fascinating and terrifying. I Am Troy Davis tells the story of Troy Davis, much of it in Mr. Davis' own words, as he fought for his life before being executed by the state of Georgia. Davis contended 'til the very end that he was innocent of the crime for which he was charged. His story, like far too many others, reminds us of the flaws of the system that are leading directly to the death of innocent men and women in this country.
  • As a follow-up to the piece I wrote on the Times-News editor visiting Zeb Bell's radio show, just days after her piece ran, the Times-News had another piece mentioning Bell. This time, the Times-News was reporting on the changing of the speed limit on Highway 30 outside of Murtaugh. It turns out that Zeb had been railing against the highway department on his show, much the same way he does the Times-News itself, and said he would continue to do so until they slowed the traffic down outside his ranch. Still don't think Zeb Bell has any influence? Think again.

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