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Voting Rights Act protects all Americans


A Microvote Infinity voting machineNo matter who you are, as an adult, you have a right to vote.

There has been a lot of talk about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 being due to expire in 2007 and how it would revoke African Americans’ right to vote. Well, this story, urban legend or whatever else you may want to call it, is not true. Not entirely true anyway. There are some sections of this act that were due to expire in 2007 that have been addressed by the U.S. Congress since 2005 in a proactive move to ensure the renewal of those sections of this act.

However, while many believe that this just affects the rights of African-Americans, nothing could be further from the truth. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 actually protects all of us from being subjected to unnecessary measures that could restrict or prevent our ability to vote as a whole. «Read the rest of this article»

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Grand Opening of the New Montgomery County Democratic Party Headquarters


Democratic Party LogoThe Montgomery County Democratic Party will be holding a formal grand opening celebration for their new party headquarters located at 120 Legion Street in downtown Clarksville. The ceremony will be held Friday July 28, 2006 at 5pm.

Invitation to the Grand Opening of the New Democratic Party Headquarters

When: Friday July 28, 2006 at 5pm
Where: 120 Legion Street  (Legion Street is located in downtown Clarksville one street north of Franklin Street)
Admission: Free, Open to everyone who wishes to attend

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Dunbar Cave State Natural Area to unveil archaeological finds at new entrance gate dedication


Historic Indian Art discovered in Dunbar Cave partially covered with more modern graffitiClarksville, TN,  State Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke will visit Dunbar Cave State Park and Natural Area on July 29, 2006 at 10 a.m. CDT for a ceremony to help dedicate the new entrance gate at the cave.

The new gate was made possible through a cooperative effort with the Friends of Dunbar Cave and the State Department of Environment and Conservation, and will help protect the significant archaeological finds inside the cave, while also allowing the public access to see the sights firsthand.

Dunbar Cave Entrance Gate Dedication

When: 10 am, Saturday, July 29, 2006
Where: Dunbar Cave State Natural Area
401 Old Dunbar Cave Road
Clarksville , TN 37043
Admission: Free (there may or may not be a small charge for the cave tour afterwards, Please bring a flashlight if you are interested in attending the cave tour)

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High oil and gas prices, a sign of market manipulation?


High Gas Prices$55,000 per minute or $7.27 billion. That what the profits for oil giant BP in their second quarter breaks down to. Profits for BP are up over 30% from last year, a record high for them in any single quarter.

In Kuwait, government financial assets have reached $166 billion, mostly due to the their record oil profits. So, they have issued plans to give each citizen of the country a gift, of approximately $690 US dollars each. Kuwait has had a surplus for each of the past seven fiscal years of more than 50 billion dollars a year. They are also headed for record revenues for this year as well. «Read the rest of this article»


Why I wish to serve my community



I am Jimmie M. Garland, candidate for re-election as District 5 representative for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board. It has been an honor to serve as your representative during the past four years. I would be honored to be your choice to represent you during this next session. «Read the rest of this article»

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MySpace Can Be Risky Business Logo“Can I get a myspace account? All my friends have one.”

It was only a matter of time before my grandchildren, girls ages 16 and 17, and a boy, 14, asked this question. “MySpace” has 67 million members posting photos, making mini-videos, browsing chat sites, posting poems or art, and connecting with friends.

My introduction to MySpace came through the MSNBC TV series on child predators who surf this highly popular site looking for vulnerable or curious teens. I watched the series with great interest, while asking the question “where were the parents when their teens were online?” “Did they ever check out where their kids are going online?” «Read the rest of this article»


Happy 43rd Anniversary, 1964 Civil Rights Act! Title VI Compliance Still MIA In Clarksville


President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the Civil Rights act of 1964 with Martin Luther King JR observiingWe are now in the 43rd anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. That’s quite a milestone for the nation. Sadly, it’s a dark anniversary for Clarksville and the state of Tennessee.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law on July 2nd of that year. (Pictured to the left.)History records show our own state legislature didn’t adopt it into the state’s law code until 1993. That’s twenty-nine years after it had became the law of the land! The law of the land, that is, except for the State of Tennessee.

That lag in time may help explain why our own city council has refused, even now, to adopt Title VI of that law, as the city’s official non-discrimination policy. There is a policy statement on display in city offices and the city’s website, to be sure. However, since it is required that the legislative controlling body of local government formally adopt Title VI mandates as official policy to receive federal financial assistance, these displays are meaningless without the council’s follow-thru. A mayoral proclamation is inapplicable. As TDOT’s Commissioner Nicely noted in August 2005, the city is not in compliance with the federal law. «Read the rest of this article»

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Doesn’t this just say it all!


Love the Troops, Hate the War

I am a former Republican, I oppose George W. Bush Jr and his administration, I live in a town near a military base, and I am against the war. That tends to make some people believe that I am not a patriotic American citizen.

Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s easy to go along with the crowd, to blend in, and be one of the faceless masses, to take the cowards way out. It’s hard to stand up for your principles and do the right thing when it is unpopular, and by doing so making a target out of yourself. «Read the rest of this article»

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League Of Voter Empowerment Candidate Endorsements


League Of Voter Empowerment Candidate Endorsement listSometimes to affect change you have to change yourself. Well a group of concerned citizens have decided that enough is enough and have formed a voters club. In fact the League Of Voter Empowerment (L.O.V.E.) is such a club.

We will endorse and vote for the candidates that we believe best support our agenda and we will work to vote out the elected officials that we know do not have the best interest of their constituents in mind.

The endorsement list you are about to read is the first installment of many that will come out of the membership free, Voters Club (L.O.V.E.). «Read the rest of this article»


EFF’s Spying Case Moves Forward: Judge Denies Government’s Motion to Dismiss AT&T Case


Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)San Francisco – A federal judge denied the government’s motion to dismiss the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF’s) case against AT&T for collaborating with the NSA in illegal spying of millions of ordinary Americans. This allows the case to go forward in the courts. «Read the rest of this article»

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