Train traffic is quiet right now, but Monday is a track maintenance day so I shouldn’t expect much in the way of train traffic until late afternoon. This photo is fairly recent and it’s a UP passenger special. I wouldn’t mind getting a ride on one of these some day.
Tomorrow is an important day here in California — it’s the Primary Election, and I’m more than ready to cast my vote. I’m tired of the negativity that’s been blowing across our country. It’s disheartening and troubling to see such rancor and personal attacks as have taken place during this political campaign. It feels like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop, and I’ve been waiting far too long for it.
Our vote used to mean something. It was a privilege and a right. It was our ticket to picking a leader or righting a wrong, or perhaps making life a bit better for everyone by saying it’s o.k. to charge me an extra tax to pay for something special (1/8th of a cent tax for our libraries isn’t too much to ask IMHO). But our representatives take it upon themselves to make laws that only benefit those in power. The latest shenanigan is passing a bill that will allow convicted felons to vote in jail.
Debra Saunders (San Francisco Chronicle firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote an Opinion that appeared in yesterday’s Bakersfield Californian. “Sacramento: Let felons vote in jail” In 2014, the ACLU filed a lawsuit “..that argued that felons serving “mandatory supervision” or post-release community supervision” should be allowed to vote. …” An Alameda County Superior Court Judge obliged with a ruling that felons on county parole have “the same right to register to vote and to vote as all other otherwise eligible persons.”…”Then-Secretary of State Debra Bowen had fought the ACLU. Her successor, Alex Padilla, dropped opposition and presto — some 40,000 felons in county probation systems were eligible to vote.”
To read the full article, check it out here: http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/saunders/article/Democrats-latest-power-grab-let-felons-vote-7957963.php
We must persevere, but it sure is looking bad…
Please be safe, be well and try to be happy. We are all loved, and we must hold the faith that things are as they should be in this world. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Blessings and hugs to all.