“Lamentations are not enough."
Joseph Grove of the group Animal Wellness Action, regarding the string of seven horse fatalities in the week leading up to the 149th Kentucky Derby this past Saturday. At least four of the seven horses were euthanized after sustaining injuries while two died under mysterious circumstances. Churchill Downs said it would “rigorously work to understand what caused these incidents.” (NPR — May 7, 2023)
Carol McBride, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, regarding the countless number of Indigenous people that have gone missing or been killed, many of which are never investigated by law enforcement officials. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Awareness Day is held on May 5, the birthday of Hanna Harris, who was only 21 when she was slain on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana. (Associated Press — May 5, 2023)
"Backpacks make it easier for students to hide weapons, which can be disassembled and harder to identify or hidden in pockets, inside books or under other items.”Flint, Mich., Community Schools, regarding its decision to ban backpacks over safety concerns. The public school district will instead allow students to carry clear plastic bags with gym clothes, lunchboxes and small purses containing personal items, “within reason.” (NPR — May 4, 2023)
Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, regarding her resignation from the position after criticism from Republicans and Democrats for having moonlighted as a highly paid consultant for a marijuana business. Fagan’s consulting position paid $10,000 per month with additional bonuses if she helped the company get licensed in other states. (Associated Press — May 2, 2023)
"If Congress fails to increase the debt limit, it would cause severe hardship to American families, harm our global leadership position, and raise questions about our ability to defend our national security interests.”U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, warning lawmakers of what the impacts might be if the federal government runs out of money to pay its bills, which, she predicts, could be as soon as June 1 if the debt ceiling is not raised soon. (NPR — May 1, 2023)