June 15, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown is under increasing pressure to suspend California's participation in the controversial federal immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities. The program requires state and local police to share the fingerprints of anyone who is arrested with federal officials, who then check them against their own databases to determine the arrestee's immigration status. In theory, Secure Communities sounds like a sensible idea. It was sold to Congress as a way for the federal government to use its limited resources to nab dangerous immigrants who have a history of criminal convictions.
September 29, 1987 |
A British ferry that capsized last March off Belgium with the loss of almost 200 lives was sold for scrap for less than $1.65 million by its owners who could have made millions more by allowing the vessel to return to passenger service, it was announced Monday. The ferry's operator, Townsend Thoresen, decided to sell the Herald of Free Enterprise because sailing it again would be "inappropriate," a spokesman said.
June 26, 1985
By voice vote, the 42-member House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bill to abolish the $20-billion synthetic fuels program in 90 days and take back most of the $7.9 billion that it still has for subsidizing projects to convert coal and shale to liquid and gas fuels. With approval by the Energy Committee, the legislation now moves to the House Banking Committee, which shares jurisdiction over the synthetic fuels program.
June 10, 1986 |
The Bigeye bomb, the Pentagon's proposed new generation chemical weapon, is "a horror story" with too many unresolved problems and should be scrapped, a bipartisan House and Senate group said today. The critics released a General Accounting Office report that concluded the weapon "presents major and continuing inconsistencies" and is not ready for production. The bomb is designed to combine two chemicals in a deadly compound shortly after it is dropped from an aircraft.
October 8, 2008
Re "Local ports initiate antipollution program," Oct. 2 Thank you for this informative article on this mostly excellent program to clean the air of one of America's largest ports. I feel compelled to comment, however, on the scrapping of nonconforming big rigs. An enormous amount of energy goes into the manufacture of a tractor truck, which is essentially amortized over the useful life of the truck. In other words, if you scrap a running, potentially useful vehicle, you are wasting energy and creating pollution by doing so -- even without considering the energy costs of manufacturing a new truck to replace it. This is contrary to the green intentions of the program.
May 17, 1987 |
During World War II, the Japanese were accused of taking American scrap metal they bought before Pearl Harbor and shooting it back at us in the form of high explosives. In the great trade war of the 1980s, the Japanese are again buying scrap. Only this time it is wastepaper, and they are shooting it back at us in the form of containers for televisions, video-cassette recorders and the like. Call it the era of global recycling.