Boston Bombing – A Fortuitous Event?

On the anniversary of the Boston Bombing, April 15, 2013 in which three innocent victims were killed and nearly 300 others were injured, many are asking whether this was a fortuitous event, or calculated killings by terrorists using weapons of mass destruction. Even more compelling is the surfacing of information that one of the bombers has been linked to a triple murder in 2011 in which three individuals had their throats sliced. These insights raise a question as to whether the bombings last year could have been prevented had even only one of the radical extremists been arrested and convicted for the slayings in 2011.

Some commentators contend the government lacks the tools to prevent such horrific crimes to maintain the safety of our citizens. Others believe it may be politics and a lack of communication between agencies; they remind us of the 9/11 deaths they claim may have been prevented had the CIA and the FBI shared data bases and the substance of their respective investigations. The sad reality is that religious fanatics are rapidly increasing all over the world, and many in society are afraid to criticize under the veil of freedom of religion. Regardless how small in number they may be the fact remains the murders that have been committed have changed the way far too many people all over the world now have to live. Few will take issue with the fact we need to do more for the family members of those killed, other survivors and first responders, and to pay tribute to each and every one of them.No one disputes that we need to put a stop to senseless carnage.

Supreme Court will Decide if Businesses can Claim Exemption to Contraceptive Law

The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to decide whether or not businesses can be forced to provide coverage for birth control, even if the owners disagree from a religious standpoint.

It certainly is understandable why an individual who is guaranteed rights per the U.S. Constitution would complain if those rights were lost or otherwise negatively impacted simply because he/she operates a business.

There are equities that favor enterprise since this is the way our country was built, along with the basic need for nearly everyone and certainly part of the American dream to do the best we can; the opportunity to employ others and grow a business to provide services &/or products greater numbers, and the simultaneous benefit to all of society in the resultant increased taxes received by the federal and state government so they are able to promote the general welfare. Nonetheless, the Obama administration through its lawyers contend a business does not have any religious freedoms and should be distinguished from hospitals and schools who claim they should not be bound by Obamacare that requires they cover contraceptives.