Suffrage - 05/05/14

    Suffrage.  We all have this right.  Tomorrow is election day and I hope you'll join me in exercising it.
    There are many people, women and men, who weren't fortunate enough to be born in a free country where voting is a right, not a privilege.  Take for example, the United Arab Emirates which still has limited voting for men and women.  Saudi Arabia doesn't let women vote at all, but is promising inclusion in 2015.  Brunei doesn't let men or women vote and Vatican City lets only some men vote, but no women.
     I checked the voting registration numbers for Tennessee.  We have a population of nearly 6.5 million people, yet only half of our citizens are registered to vote.  Granted some of those are kids and aren't eligible yet.  The point is when it comes to voting; we can, so we should.
     In November 2012, the last year for which voting stats are available, only 59% of voters showed up to have their say.
    Our state, Tennessee, actually played a pivotal role in gaining this right for women.  In 1919, Congress submitted the 19th Amendment to the states for ratification.  This would finally give women the right to vote in the U.S.  It was Tennessee that cast the final vote needed to add this amendment to our Constitution.
     Whether, man or woman, those before us fought hard so we'd be able to have our say.  If you need any further motivation to go to the polls tomorrow, read my previous blog: Silly Billy-- for a peek at how some of our legislators spend our money and their time. Here's the link. 
http://fox17.com/blogs/stacy-case-blog/silly-billy--28.shtml?wap=0 
        Surely, we can do better.

 

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- If you're looking for a good deal on your own island -- you're in luck. The asking price on a private island in San Francisco Bay has been slashed, to a mere five million bucks. The 6-acre Red Rock island went on the market in 2012 for 12 mil. The price was cut to $9 million when there were no takers. Now, the asking price has been cut again. For five million, you get a hunk of rock, sand and scrub. There's no house or any other structures on the island. But the price includes potentially valuable mineral rights. Realtor Steven Higbee notes the new owner would also get bragging rights.

POPE VISIT-PIZZA BOXES

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- A southern New Jersey pizzeria owner is saying no thanks to pope pizza boxes. Anthony Marino says his Marino's Pizza won't be using boxes that have a picture of Pope Francis. Marino notes he's Roman Catholic and says putting the pope on a pizza box doesn't seem right. He tells NJ.com he's sent the boxes back to the distributor. The pope will be visiting Philadelphia later this month.

FUTURE SLOTS-VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- It soon may take skill and luck to win at the slots in Vegas. Arcade-style slot machines could be in Nevada casinos as early as next year. That's according to Gamblit Gaming. Company officials say the Nevada Gaming Control board is recommending the approval of slot machines that could require skill to win or a combination of talent and luck. The state Gaming Commission is to take up the issue in two weeks. Industry leaders say younger gamblers want skill-based games.

FOSSIL DISCOVERY

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Stephanie Leco hit the jackpot this summer -- when it comes to fossil hunting. The Phoenix woman was on an authorized dig at Petrified Forest National Park and discovered the jaw bone from an ancient fish. The fossil is about the size of a pinky fingernail. Park paleontologist Bill Parker says the long-snouted fish lived about 220 million years ago, during the Late Triassic period. Leco says her discovery in August has deepened her interest in science.

 
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