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Chris Harris March 08, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Its great to know of other Aussie's in Benicia.
say bek March 20, 2014 at 11:47 PM
I'm another Aussie in Benicia. Anyone feel like an ANZAC event next month? Though I'm notRead Morenecessaril y suggesting we invite kiwis, it was just an excuse.
Chris Harris March 21, 2014 at 01:13 AM
lol...let me know. I'm a local pastor @ New Harbor Church in Benicia. It would be great to connectRead Morew ith other Aussie's.
nurse12 March 09, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Agree! Why DO we have old headlines every day? Why bother to even have Benicia Patch? What happened Read Moreto the police report we used to get? There is absolutely nothing of value here anymore! BP reporters- where are you???
Jackie Lawrence March 09, 2014 at 05:24 PM
@ nurse 12. Agree with your post. This has become boring ! We got current alerts aboutRead Morefires , robbery, accidents, what has happened? New editor that's what !
Gary W Smith March 03, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Dear Mr. Panther. The first problem you must overcome is that you call the United States aRead MoreDemocracy . Democracy, in all forms is functionally 'mob rule' - the French Revolution is proof, look no further. Surely a Black Man who has been tested understands that many of his predecessors spent their blood for a Republic, not a Democracy. And, lest we forget, many of the 'slave owners' or 'indentured men' of the era of independence were, in fact, Black Men like yourself, sold into slavery or placed in indenture by their own kind. There are no clean hands in any of this, over any period of time you would like to consider. It is a vile, filthy and inhumane era that will not go away fast as it took 4000 years to develop the acceptance it had until some men in England and the America's decided it was vile, filthy and inhumane. What we had in the United States is a Republic, somewhere between Anarchy on one extreme and Tyranny on the other extreme. As of the 1900's, we started diluting the Constitution by making Senators directly elected (17th Amendment). It dilutes the Constitution because the House of Representatives were the dully elected direct representatives; the Senator's job was to represent the other partner in the establishment of the Government-The States. The direct tax dilutes the Constitution. The usurping of specific powers only delegated to the Government in Article 1/Section 8 and misrepresentation of the clauses specific to them further dilutes your freedom, liberty and pursuit of happiness. The latest outrage would be the use of the Executive Order process to produce legislation, never authorized in the structure of the Constitution and in direct defiance of "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senator and a House of Representatives." If the preceding is not clear and sufficient to bring ones understanding to the baseline of the problem, then I can only fall back on 'you can bring a horse to water; you can't make it drink". And we shall see you or your progeny living under a form of Collectivism that was never imagined or desired; functionally it will be the return of Tyranny and the 'let them eat cake' philosophy. The current on-going destruction of the middle class can only lead to feudalism-a history I will never experience but others following me will. It is a nation, if you can keep it! Where we are today is not keeping it!
Jackie Lawrence March 09, 2014 at 08:32 PM
Well said.
Gary W Smith March 09, 2014 at 10:42 PM
Thank you Ms. Lawrence. I appreciate your interest.
Nancy Spittler January 20, 2014 at 01:07 PM
Please contact " 7 On Your Side", Channel 7 News station. You can e-mail a complaint to 7 Read Moreon your side by searching on that title and selecting that button. They will research the situation and see what can be done to resolve it for you!
j sulivan December 31, 2013 at 03:39 PM
The last Benicia class session filled up and they ended up having to turn people away.