hockessincommunitynews.com http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20121103/NEWS/121109924/1008/OPINION hockessincommunitynews.com delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:52:48 +0000 Matthew T. Mangino: The horror of filicide, parents killing their own children http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140404/NEWS/140409904/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Fri, 04 Apr 2014 02:01:00 +0000 By Matthew T. Mangino More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140404/NEWS/140409904/1008/OPINION Wilkerson is charged with attempted murder. According to a police affidavit, one of her children told detectives that "Mom tried to kill us."
The case is reminiscent of another South Carolinian, Susan [...]]]>
Matthew T. Mangino: The knock on truth-in-sentencing http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140328/NEWS/140329761/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:01:00 +0000 By Matthew T. Mangino More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140328/NEWS/140329761/1008/OPINION A byproduct of the violence was a new sentencing strategy known as truth-in-sentencing. The laws were enacted as a means to insure that offenders served time in prison consistent with the sentence imposed. The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance [...]]]> Kent Bush: How important is a team name? http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140327/NEWS/140329715/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:03:30 +0000 By Kent Bush More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140327/NEWS/140329715/1008/OPINION I find myself more concerned about why people do things instead of merely what they do.
It has taken a decade, but Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder finally decided to get to the root of his team's racist controversy. It took a lot of protests and proposed legislation to get Snyder to dive deep into what his team means in general and specifically to the Native Americans who are often offended by the team's mascot.
Many Native [...]]]>
Charita Goshay: Fred Phelps leaves sorry legacy of hurt, hatred http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140325/NEWS/140329808/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:48:09 +0000 By Charita Goshay More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140325/NEWS/140329808/1008/OPINION Phelps' theology was so perverted and vitriolic that he convinced himself and his members that such deaths were a direct result of [...]]]> Kent Bush: Easy to take technology for granted http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140320/NEWS/140329978/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:38:04 +0000 By Kent Bush More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140320/NEWS/140329978/1008/OPINION If I talk on the phone for 90 minutes in a week, it is a bad week.
That call made me wonder whether Obama took the call on his trusted BlackBerry or if he was tethered to an office phone. (Yes I consider being caught on the phone to be on par with [...]]]>
Michelle Teheux: Could a bagel land you in prison? http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140319641/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:21:24 +0000 By Michelle Teheux More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140319641/1008/OPINION I'm also concerned about the gin and tonics I like to drink on my deck during hot weather.
I am also considering throwing out the tube of hemp-seed hand lotion, no matter how great a job it does on my dry skin.
You see, I don't want to go to prison for any of these things.
If you don't use any illegal drugs you'd think you wouldn't need to worry about any of this, but maybe you do.
We all know that if we are involved in a fatal collision [...]]]>
Mark L. Hopkins: Change revisited http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140317/NEWS/140319743/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:28:41 +0000 By Mark L. Hopkins More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140317/NEWS/140319743/1008/OPINION So what has changed? In truth, not much that Obama has had a lot to do with. Gridlock in Congress has kept his agenda for change on the back burner. We are undergoing change in a major way in our country, but most of what is occurring does not find its source in the politics of [...]]]> Charita Goshay: Future America won’t look like yours http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140312/NEWS/140319858/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:12:31 +0000 By Charita Goshay More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140312/NEWS/140319858/1008/OPINION Recent studies present us with a glimpse of a future America we couldn't have envisioned even 25 years ago.
The research shows that we're getting older, browner, less religious yet more religiously diverse, and more likely to be from somewhere else.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 40 million people — more than 10 percent of the U.S. population — [...]]]>
Kent Bush: GOP's issues deep and numerous http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140311/NEWS/140319922/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:52:54 +0000 By Kent Bush More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140311/NEWS/140319922/1008/OPINION A fight is brewing, and the control of the Republican Party is at stake. That fight would headline any pay-per-view event but with a wide-open 2016 presidential election on the horizon, the stakes are a lot higher.
The tea party is credited for the 2010 mid-term elections that gave the Republicans control of the House of Representatives.
Actually, the tea party was just a name given to a very common occurrence. Backlash against the president's party in mid-term [...]]]>
Mark L. Hopkins: Can the government define marriage? http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140303/NEWS/140309916/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:04:10 +0000 By Mark L. Hopkins More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140303/NEWS/140309916/1008/OPINION Kent Bush: Worst kind of racism - when bigotry masquerades as humor http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229547/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:40:54 +0000 By Kent Bush More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229547/1008/OPINION I guess that is why I'm never happy.
Not only is racism doing quite well, somehow we are rediscovering it as some free speech issue. I guess every pendulum swings both ways. I thought that civil rights and racial equality was one of those areas that we would show actual growth and not just a societal swing.
But apparently some people are just not happy with America's progress in the area of civil rights, and they are [...]]]>
Kent Bush: How many ‘sinners’ are we allowed to refuse service to? http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140227/NEWS/140229645/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:44:40 +0000 By Kent Bush More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140227/NEWS/140229645/1008/OPINION I reread the first book of the Bible today, and I did not find the Second Amendment in Genesis. Surprisingly enough, Jesus had little to say about free market capitalism, although he did anger many fishermen and bakers when he kept multiplying fish and loaves to feed thousands of people.
Was that the first welfare system? I guess doctrinally, we will leave that claim as "plausible."
I got a less than pleasant email from a preacher [...]]]>
Rick Holmes: Florida’s dangerous men http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140226/NEWS/140229686/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:23:37 +0000 By Rick Holmes More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140226/NEWS/140229686/1008/OPINION 1. George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin after confronting him as he walked through a gated community on a rainy night. A jury bought Zimmerman's self-defense argument, but subsequent events make him look anything but innocent. Both his ex-wife and his girlfriend have charged him with [...]]]> Mark L. Hopkins: Mother Nature shakes our world http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140224/NEWS/140229799/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:48:58 +0000 By Mark L. Hopkins More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140224/NEWS/140229799/1008/OPINION Kent Bush: Far beyond double standard for women in U.S. politics http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140218/NEWS/140219652/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:28:50 +0000 By Kent Bush More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140218/NEWS/140219652/1008/OPINION I knew one day a minority would break through the glass ceiling and end the lineage of old white presidents. But I had always believed that a woman would win first because racism – though admittedly more latent than 50 years ago – still persists. Geraldine Ferraro was chosen by Walter Mondale as a running mate 30 years ago. I mistakenly believed that meant women had a better shot.
But for women [...]]]>
Charita Goshay: ‘Celebrity’ tag makes mockery of tragedy http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219686/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:59:28 +0000 By Charita Goshay More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219686/1008/OPINION Perhaps this works as a starting point:
It's been clear for some time that what now qualifies as celebrity has very little to do with talent, pluck, drive, ambition, or any of those other Broadway-baby adjectives. [...]]]>
Philip Maddocks: House forced into awkward role of not putting nation at risk http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140214/NEWS/140219764/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:48:47 +0000 By Philip Maddocks More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140214/NEWS/140219764/1008/OPINION He did his best.
Even an unmanageable House of Representatives functions at least twice a year, Mr. Boehner said. And just because you don't always do the same thing over and over again, it doesn't mean you're still not insane, he pointed out.
"We're doing our best in what is a [...]]]>
Kent Bush: Come as you are to Virginia church http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140214/NEWS/140219767/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:41:27 +0000 By Kent Bush More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140214/NEWS/140219767/1008/OPINION Let me tell you a story that might make those Sunday services seem a little more serene.
Every week in central Virginia a group of people get together to worship God. Unlike the services you will probably attend, no one will be wearing expensive suits and fancy schmancy dresses.
They won't be wearing anything at all.
The congregants of White Tail Chapel don't like the pretentiousness of regular churches, so they planted their church in the middle of [...]]]>
Jim Hillibish: WHO study says when nations modernize, cancer follows http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140213/NEWS/140219789/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:40:57 +0000 By Jim Hillibish More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140213/NEWS/140219789/1008/OPINION The world is obsessed with creating an educated middle class with spendable income that further powers the emerging markets. Economists call this a perfect circle.
It sounds good. [...]]]>
Charita Goshay: One Billion Rising seeks end to violence against women http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140212/NEWS/140219863/1008/OPINION?rssfeed=true Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:34:47 +0000 By Charita Goshay More Content Now http://www.hockessincommunitynews.com/article/20140212/NEWS/140219863/1008/OPINION For this reason, Kimberlé Crenshaw is helping to spearhead One Billion Rising for Justice, a global campaign to highlight and eliminate violence against women. Crenshaw is a professor of law at UCLA and director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social [...]]]>