I grew up following World War II and knew for sure that the United States was the greatest country on earth. No, we weren’t perfect, especially considering that many of our founding fathers were slave owners and the remnants of slavery were still with us. I remember traveling from our home in Columbus, Ohio, to Miami, Florida to visit relatives during the 1950’s. As we drove through the southern states, I saw signs for “white motels” and “negro motels,” “white restrooms” and “negro restrooms” and recall asking my parents why this was so. This was against everything they had taught me about respect for each individual, irrespective of their skin color or religion.

Yet we were a country that strove to be better. In 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Provisions of the Civil Rights Act also forbade discrimination on the basis of sex as well as race in hiring, promoting, and firing. This was federal law that did not leave it to each state to determine its own level of discrimination. While this law did not end discrimination, it provided a framework by which people of color and women could slowly improve their positions in American society.

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Rich Belzer served as director of federal marketing for an NYSE-listed computer company and was subsequently a senior executive with two NASDAQ-listed high-tech companies. He moved to Bend to join Columbia Aircraft, where he became VP of worldwide sales.

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BuckeyeDuck

Truth to words.

Meanwhile,in the Nirvana state of Idaho.

Book banning, punishing librarians and teachers, further closing down elections (you won't be able to change parties less than 18 months prior to a primary election), no, repeat no abortion even if a woman's life is endangered is on the Republicans agenda. How quaint

Transitory Inflation

'America is regressing. How do we save ourselves?'

Back to the American basics: Don't be poor, don't get sick, don't be a woman, in many circumstances, don't have dark skin tone.

BuckeyeDuck

You forgot having higher morals like the Catholics and Baptists. Oh wait, a couple of issues there...

Transitory Inflation

Hold on now, BD. I'm fairly certain the founders held a dim view of the Catholics. If we are going back to the founding, I think that means back to Luther's 'Sola Skriptura', and the view that Catholics are unreliable vessels of/for socialism.

BuckeyeDuck

Ya got me there on the history of our founding fathers TI. It may be that in the current climate Catholicism will get attacked more for what you mention than for the more recent history of abuse.

gregb2781

Here we go again. Another garbage opinion piece from the liberal mouth spewing false statements and lies. Beltzer quotes the liberal Brennan center stating how voting rights have been taken away, a common liberal line, in the fact of some of the highest voter turnout in history. Liberals hate laws that require voter identification,. They want the ability to stuff ballot boxes and if they had their way with the Pelosi voter bill they would control all state elections and the electoral college. I can only imagine the Bulletin allows Beltzer to run a monthly column to either place the California liberals who have destroyed Bend or to just give a laugh to the other county residents.

BuckeyeDuck

Yeah, those Californians have really destroyed Bend. You can move to Idaho ya know if you don't like it here.

It might suit you. Very 1930s Germany and Stalinesque to boot with there new book banning, "Our guns are loaded" let's go after the Dems, we'll decide the crime you should be punished for attitude.

BuckeyeDuck

Maybe Texas versus Idaho? Arizona might be a good bet also.

Skittish

Well if Mr Belzer were to bother to review rational, unbiased legal reviews of The Supreme Court's Dodd decision, it does appear the Roe was a very questionable interpretation of the 14th amendment. There are the enumerated protections under the Constitution and then there are the protections that must pass the Palko test. In the Dobbs decision, "Roe found that the Constitutution implicitly conferred a right to obtain an abortion, but it failed to ground to ground its decision in text, history, or precedent. It relied on an erroneous historical narrative; it devoted great attention to and presumably relied on matters that have no bearing on the meaning of the Constitution; it disregarded the fundamental difference between the precedents on which it relied and the question before the Court… Abortion isn’t implied in the Constitution and isn’t rooted in our traditions.

All we have here again is another example of stirring up social strife. The series of opinions from Mr. Belzer aren’t meant to be sincere analysis of any particular issue, but to lob red herrings to confuse.

BuckeyeDuck

Another ten pound sack (blivet) there Southlake. We get it. You're all for being back in the "good old days" . Texas really would be a better place for you.

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