Tuesday, July 31: Columbia Smoking, Alec Rawls

Alec Rawls

Dean Anderson and Tiffany Bowman

Penny Smith

We had a full plate tonight so we didn’t get to talk much about a story that’s going to be in the news for awhile: 37-year-old Christy Freeman of Ocean City, Maryland is charged with first degree murder in the death of her pre-term infant son:

A 26-week-old male fetus was found wrapped in a bloody towel under her bathroom sink..
Freeman was being held without bond Tuesday, as investigators continued to excavate the grounds at her home in a search that has turned up four tiny sets of remains, including the 26-week-old male fetus.
Freeman was charged with murder under a state law that allows murder prosecutions of those who cause the death of a fetus that may have been able to survive outside the womb.

If Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, how can the Maryland statute survive a constitutional challenge? If Freeman is convicted of murder, can states outlaw abortion of any pre-term infant that might survive outside the womb? Stay tuned. We’ll talk about this Wednesday.

We talked business with Penny Smith of C & S Business Services. A caller posed an excellent question: How do employers get past the reluctance of an applicant’s former employers to offer anything more than dates when contacted for a reference?

Crescent of Betrayal

Dean Anderson of Campus-Community Alliances for Smoke-free Environments (CASE) and Tiffany Bowman of Safe Air For Everyone (SAFE) joined us at 5:30 to make their case against a petition drive to put Columbia’s no-smoking ordinance before voters. The issue comes down to whether one places property rights ahead of the health risk of second-hand smoke. In the case of private property that’s open to the public, such as bars and restaurants, I vote for property rights.

At 6:00, Alec Rawls joined us to discuss his forthcoming book, Crescent of Betrayal: Dishonoring the Heroes of Flight 93. Alec has amassed a provocative body of evidence that suggests that the proposed memorial to Flight 93 at Shanksville, Pennsylvania has been hijacked and turned into a memorial to the hijackers.

For a limited time, you can download a PDF copy of Crescent of Betrayal at Alec’s website, www.crescentofbetrayal.com.

Note: Audio links will be posted tomorrow.

The Eagle 93.9 Intelligence Briefing:

U.S. scholars see qualified success for Iraq surge (But no help at all from Al-Maliki)
Russia sells long-range fighters to Iran
North Korea cooperated, nuclear reactor closed
Sen. Chris Koster to make ‘major announcement’ Wed. morning in Columbia


One response to “Tuesday, July 31: Columbia Smoking, Alec Rawls

  1. Derek, I like the point you made about a wider smoking ban, but I don’t think Tiffany or Dean really answered the question or understood where you were going. If there is truly no safe level of secondhand smoke as the former Surgeon General claims, and this ban was all about health, shouldn’t SAFE/CASE (really the same group) have pushed for a broader ban that also eliminated all secondhand smoke from the city’s sidewalks, parks, etc.? Is it really about public health, the employees, or not having to deal with smoke when some people dine out? What former smoking establishments have Tiffany and Dean visited since the ban went into effect?

    Dean stated that the Bull Pen was already going under before the ban, mentioning that Jackie had not been paying rent. From what I understand, she has had that agreement with her landlord for some time, but best to hear it from her directly. Reminds me of former city council candidate Gary Kespohl claiming on another radio show that SCORE determined the businesses that have cited the ban as their reason for closure should have closed months ago. Not sure how SCORE or Dean can say these things without seeing the books from the business.

    Finally, he threw out the card about there being a lot more restaurants in town fighting for the same entertainment dollar. That may be so, but sales tax dollars, especially in the entertainment and dining sector, have been cited as diminishing according to the recent city budget materials. What’s driving that downward pressure?

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