Here's a shot with my screen credit:
And, if you don't want to wait or you're reading this too late, you can watch the episode online here.
|"You will pay me- forever."|
Good evening Representatives, my name is Steve Ahlquist. I am the president of the Humanists of Rhode Island, a non-profit group with about 300 members dedicated to reason, compassion, optimism and action. I am here to support House Bill 5019 that seeks to put an end to the terrible injustice that is PayDay Loans.
I read a letter in theProvidence Journal from an employee of a PayDay Loan company in Pawtucket who told the story of a woman who desperately needed $200 to fix her son's car and help him keep his job. The writer stated that the woman was desperate, and had no recourse other than to utilize his company's services. The writer saw this as a vindication for the service his company provided, but I see it as exactly the opposite, because,The woman in question had no choice.The woman in the story had to either sign a contract and promise to pay the frankly usurious rates of interest the PayDay Loan company charged or face the potentially terminal economic consequences of her son losing his job. Given certain economic ruin or punishing interest rates of over 200%, the woman made the only choice she could. The question becomes: Would the woman have hesitated to sign the contract if the interest rates were set at 400%? 500%? More? How was she to avoid it?The woman in question had no choice.When people are faced with not feeding their children, accessing vital health care, paying the rent or fixing an automobile that's essential to getting or keeping a job, they will become desperate.This desperation is like the smell of blood to PayDay Loan companies because PayDay Loan companies are vampires targeting the most vulnerable among us, sucking millions of needed dollars out of our poorest neighborhoods. When legislation looms that might threaten the company's ability to score obscene profits PayDay Loan Companies manage to invest $100,000 in a lobbyist, or, to keep with the vampire metaphor, a ghoul.Certainly we can do better than this. Must we leave our most vulnerable as prey to the heartless, inhuman machinations of profit hungry monsters? Is their no other way to provide needed loan services to our poorest and most desperate fellow citizens? Are we so bereft of ideas or so blinded by ideological certainties as to cast our fate with monsters?It is time for the General Assembly to drive a stake into the heart of the vampire that is devouring our communities by passing House Bill 5019.Thank you.
Governor Gump needs to hold off on giving illegals drivers licenses. A young American life is taken by an invader. John DePetro has protested Governor Chafee for cutting a deal to get votes in exchange for giving an illegal a drivers license . The illegals threaten they will not vote for Chafee unless they are given a Rhode Island drivers license.
"We have turkey on Thanksgiving, not stuffed pigeons, the illegals Thanksgiving."
"You are going to learn our customs!"
"This is our land. No el drive-o on our road-o."
Talking about a rally at the State House, DePetro said that undocumented workers "should have been there to clean the State House and that's it."
"I have a problem with you people on the road. No more loose donkeys on Broad St."
We recognize that nations have the right to control their borders. We also recognize and strongly assert that all human persons, created as they are in the image of God, possess a fundamental dignity that gives rise to a more compelling claim to the conditions worthy of human life. Accordingly, the Church also advocates legalization opportunities for the maximum number of undocumented persons, particularly those who have built equities and otherwise contributed to their communities.
All people have a right to have their basic human needs met in their homelands.
If their basic needs cannot be met in their homelands, persons have the right to seek them abroad.
The right to migrate is not absolute and can be mitigated in favor of the common good.
Nations may regulate borders to provide for national security, tranquility and prosperity.
The right to regulate borders is not absolute and regulations must promote the common good.
Nations with the ability to accommodate migrants should respond with generosity.
Families have the right to remain united.
|Is Rhode Island the Louisiana of New England?|
I'm writing to let you know why I have not approved your comment on the Jessica Ahlquist piece I wrote for RI Future. I wrote the piece to defend her from the ugly abuse she has suffered from the media and from the insufferable and obnoxious Internet trolls who hide their real identities behind self-aggrandizing and sophomoric pseudonyms. I did not write it with the intention of letting small minded and judgmental bullies use it as an excuse to begin a new round of insults.
I wrote the piece because I know my niece and I know why she did what she did. It was out of a sincere belief, not to get attention or make money. Many people, who suffer from ignorance and narcissism think they know the real story. When possible, I try to spare theses people the embarrassment of making fools of themselves in public.
I wrote the piece because some have an identity so small and of so little value that they can only make their lives feel meaningful by attacking a young woman in an anonymous Internet comment. These people usually think that they are more intelligent than they are, are insufferable assholes, and seek only to bring other people misery.
Now if those same people could couch their arguments in sentences that didn't attack the character of my niece but the substance of the issue, I would have no problem approving their comments. This would require that the person making the comment to possess intelligence, decency, compassion, reasoning skills and a point that made sense. Such a person would understand that ad hominem insults, straw man arguments and arguments from ignorance betray the vapidity of their views.
Thank you for writing,