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During a divisive year, Olympics bring us together

Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

In looking at the Nielsen Ratings for NBC this past week, it appears most of the Vandalia area has been viewing this year’s Olympics telecasts on multiple channels in their homes.
Take Friday, August 3, for example, the Olympics had a 8.7/29 rating/share with 28.51 viewers (in millions) for the 8 p.m. time slot to easily beat CBS’ Undercover Boss and its 3.16 viewers (in millions).
Most of us have been on the edge of our seats watching the U.S. Gymnastics Women’s team win gold and most have enjoyed the success of the U.S. Swimming team in the pool.
Part of the swimming success is due to some Baltimore, Md., guy named Michael Phelps, who has now won 22 medals in his distinguished career, with 18 of them being golden.
While many families may be facing tough times and many area residents might be arguing with work colleagues over politics, the Olympics offer an opportunity for every one to put their differences aside to come together for one cause: cheering on the U.S. team in all sports. I’m thankful we have the Olympics every four years to bring us back together for at least three weeks before the circus begins in the days leading up to the November election.
Story of Interest
I’ve written in the past about my concerns for the U.S. border near Mexico and a story I read this past week has me more concerned than ever that our federal government is not doing enough to protect us and I blame both sides of the political aisle.
A recent story involves a veteran Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent who is in hot water for “doing his job.”
An unidentified officer conducted surveillance on a vehicle with registered plates to a wanted illegal alien in Newark, Del. on March 27, 2012.
When an individual reportedly got into the vehicle, he was detained and fingerprinted. According to The Blaze, the officer noted the suspect would be charged for being in the U.S. illegally and set things up for a judge to decide on what to do with the case. Unfortunately, his supervisors stepped in and reportedly demanded the illegal alien be released due to him not being considered a “presidential priority” under the new immigration enforcement policies.
This in spite of the suspect reportedly having a history of 10 previous traffic violations.
A “Notice of Proposed Suspension” said the officer “failed to follow these supervisory instructions, when you arrested a non-targeted alien who did not appear to meet any of the ICE priorities.”
Since the officer didn’t do as he was instructed, he now faces the three day suspension and his job is at risk.
The law’s new changes now requires officials to, in essence, look past those who are illegal that have not been convicted of a felony or an illegal with no significant and multiple misdemeanor offenses while not being above age 30.
This means many more illegal cases will result in an appearance of amnesty. I’ve also read many quotes from ICE officials saying their hands are tied. Meanwhile nine border patrol stations are in the process of being closed. In a time where our nation’s security should still be a vital concern, our political officials seem more concerned about how to gain more votes than to uphold their duties to protect our nation. I pray administration officials take a closer look at their recent policy changes and fix the problem before something unprecedented happens in our country all because we are not protecting our borders.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.