Mindy McCready was an American country music singer. Active since 1995, she has recorded a total of five studio albums. Her debut album, 1996’s Ten Thousand Angels, was released on BNA Records and was certified 2× Multi-Platinum by the RIAA, while 1997’s If I Don’t Stay the Night was certified Gold. 1999’s I’m Not So Tough, her final album for BNA, was less successful, and she left the label. A self-titled fourth album followed in 2002 on Capitol Records.
Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative (TVEC), an electric distribution cooperative that serves about 50,000 electric meters in an area just southeast of Dallas, Texas, has taken an unprecedented approach to building their own charity. TVEC has started a program that they’re calling “Operation Roundup“, where customers will automatically have their electric bills “rounded up” to the nearest dollar–with the proceeds going to the TVEC Charitable Foundation.
But there is a catch. TVEC customers are being automatically enrolled in this program by Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative. Customers who do not wish to be a part of the program (those who do not wish to automatically donate to the TVEC Charitable Foundation), must Opt Out of the program. In other words, TVEC is using their own power to force their current customer base to donate to their own foundation. It should be the other way around: customers should Opt In to the program, they should NOT be automatically enrolled.
According to the Operation Round Up program FAQ, all “bills will be rounded up beginning in April, 2013.” The FAQ goes on to say that “If you do not want to participate in Operation Round Up®, simply contact TVEC and request that your name be removed from the program.” Take a look at what they say on the FAQ:
This directly contradicts what TVEC says on their website about the program: “Co-op members can voluntarily participate by rounding up electric bills each month to the nearest dollar.” See the screen capture below for the wording:
Since when is it acceptable to force your customers to donate to a foundation? The very foundation that’s named after your own company?
Don’t get be wrong, I have no problem with donating to the TVEC Charitable Foundation. However, I don’t think it’s right that customers are forced to donate and that customers have to Opt Out of a program.
The following statement is from Marie Lopez Rogers, president of the National League of Cities (NLC) and mayor of Avondale, AZ in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:
“I was honored and thrilled to be in the House chamber tonight watching President Obama’s State of the Union address with the First Lady, and I want to thank them for the opportunity. I also want to thank the President for focusing his address on federal action to help cities address key issues they are facing: the economy, jobs and immigration. I wholeheartedly agree with President Obama when he said stronger families make stronger communities which makes a stronger America, which we strive for everyday in our cities.
“Many of our cities still face stubborn unemployment and fragile economic growth. For those reasons, we support the President’s commitment to making urgently needed investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, housing and education that will help build a foundation for future growth for years to come.
“Fixing a broken immigration system is a priority for the President and for the NLC. Now is the time for Congress to act and send the President a bill to sign.
“We urge Congress to quickly take up these efforts to help cities and our families. These are pressing issues that have been put off for far too long. As the President asserted throughout his speech, stronger communities equal a stronger America. We look forward to working with our Congressional members on behalf of the constituents we collectively serve as we invest in our future.”
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
SOURCE National League of Cities
Benedict XVI, the 265th Pope, a position in which he serves dual roles as Sovereign of the Vatican City State and leader of the Catholic Church, has announced that he is resigning on February 28, 2013. As Pope, he is regarded as the successor of Saint Peter the Apostle. According to several sources, he has decided to step down from his position as Pope because of detioriating health.
Several are weighing in regarding the resignation of Pope XVI, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. He had this to say:
The Holy Father brought the tender heart of a pastor, the incisive mind of a scholar and the confidence of a soul united with His God in all he did. His resignation is but another sign of his great care for the Church. We are sad that he will be resigning but grateful for his eight years of selfless leadership as successor of St. Peter.
Though 78 when he elected pope in 2005, he set out to meet his people – and they were of all faiths – all over the world. He visited the religiously threatened – Jews, Muslims and Christians in the war-torn Middle East, the desperately poor in Africa, and the world’s youth gathered to meet him in Australia, Germany, Spain and Brazil.
He delighted our beloved United States of America when he visited Washington and New York in 2008. As a favored statesman he greeted notables at the White House. As a spiritual leader he led the Catholic community in prayer at Nationals Park, Yankee Stadium and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. As a pastor feeling pain in a stirring, private meeting at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, he brought a listening heart to victims of sexual abuse by clerics.
Pope Benedict often cited the significance of eternal truths and he warned of a dictatorship of relativism. Some values, such as human life, stand out above all others, he taught again and again. It is a message for eternity.
He unified Catholics and reached out to schismatic groups in hopes of drawing them back to the church. More unites us than divides us, he said by word and deed. That message is for eternity.
He spoke for the world’s poor when he visited them and wrote of equality among nations in his peace messages and encyclicals. He pleaded for a more equitable share of world resources and for a respect for God’s creation in nature.
Those who met him, heard him speak and read his clear, profound writings found themselves moved and changed. In all he said and did he urged people everywhere to know and have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
The occasion of his resignation stands as an important moment in our lives as citizens of the world. Our experience impels us to thank God for the gift of Pope Benedict. Our hope impels us to pray that the College of Cardinals under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit choose a worthy successor to meet the challenges present in today’s world.
September 4, 2012
A former U.S. Justice Department attorney who founded the government watchdog Judicial Watch and later Freedom Watch has warned a key Barack Obama attorney that Democratic Party or state elections officials certifying Obama’s eligibility for the 2012 election could be charged with election fraud.
Larry Klayman explains in a letter that election officials can not be certain of Obama’s eligibility, and the law doesn’t allow them to make assumptions.
The letter to Robert Bauer, general counsel to the Democratic National Committee, points to evidence of Obama’s ineligibility that would make letters from the DNC to states regarding his candidacy problematic. [Read more…] about Obama lawyer warned against certifying eligibility
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has officially asked the Republican Party to reject a newly-adopted platform plank that includes a section supporting a ban on foreign law, which its sponsor admits targets the religious principles of American Muslims.
In their plea to the GOP, CAIR noted that the plank appears to be modeled on dozens of bills introduced in state legislatures nationwide based on draft legislation promoted by David Yerushalmi, an infamous Islamophobe with a history of bigoted statements targeting women, African Americans and people of the Jewish faith.
On Tuesday, the anti-Islam plank was adopted without argument or debate during a meeting of the Republican Party’s platform committee. The policy statement was introduced by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an anti-immigration activist who also wrote Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 “papers please” law. [Read more…] about Council on American-Islamic Relations Asks GOP to Reject Anti-Islam Platform Plank