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December 18th, 2007
05:50 PM ET

Delaying border security?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Members of Congress want to delay a new security rule that requires Americans to show passports at all U.S. border crossings next year.

The reason is they're hoping to avoid a repeat of what happened last summer when there was a massive backlog of passport applications. Lawmakers say that under part of the major spending bill that will be voted on this week, the border passport rule would be moved back even further to June 1st, 2009.

The Bush administration says it opposes the measure and that the Department of Homeland Security still expects to go ahead with implementing the planned passport rule this coming summer.

But some in Congress, especially those in border states where tourism could be affected, insist the government should have more time to implement the law and do it in a way that won't cause the "passport headaches" we saw this year.

Of course, that still leaves us with plenty of other "headaches" regarding this nation's open borders and the need to secure them.

Here’s my question to you: Should the U.S. further delay a border security rule to give people more time to meet stricter passport requirements?

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December 18th, 2007
01:33 PM ET

10-year-old arrested for using knife in school lunchroom?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

A 10-year-old Florida girl was arrested for using a knife to cut her food. She didn't threaten anyone. She didn't attack anyone. She used the knife to cut a piece of steak she brought from home for her lunch.

Yet school officials at Sunrise Elementary school in Ocala, Florida called police, had her arrested and she was taken away to juvenile detention.

The girl now reportedly faces a felony charge for possessing a weapon on school property along with a 10-day suspension.

Apparently it was teachers who called the sheriff after the 5th grader used the knife in the cafeteria to cut the meat. When cops showed up, they couldn't reach her parents on the phone so they arrested the girl and took her to the county's juvenile assessment center.

School officials acknowledge that she didn't do anything wrong with the knife, just used it to cut her meat. But they say it doesn't matter what the knife was used for, that the district has "zero tolerance for weapons on school grounds." I wonder if that applies to forks, too. These are morons.

Of course no one will admit they may have overreacted. The sheriff's office points the finger at the school, saying that once they're notified they have to take some kind of action. I guess taking the knife away from the girl never occurred to them.

The girl's uncle says she's been very upset. He says they understand that measures need to be taken to make sure people don't come to school with weapons, but his niece is "a really good kid."

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December 18th, 2007
01:32 PM ET

Losing “family values”?

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It looks like "family values" just aren't the campaign issue they used to be.

"USA Today" reports that in this election cycle, so-called "family values" are lower on the agenda. Of course, Republicans have made this a staple of their political campaigns for three decades now. But in the current campaign, Mitt Romney is virtually alone in stressing the issue. A "USA Today"/Gallup poll shows that although most voters say "family values" in general are important to them, they don't care all that much about candidate's personal lives.

There are several reasons for this shift, including cultural changes in society and the backgrounds of several of the Republican candidates. Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Fred Thompson have all been divorced and remarried.

There's also the importance of issues like the war, terrorism and the economy. One Republican strategist says today's atmosphere has been shaped by a series of traumatic events: the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq war, adding, "In the 1980s and 1990s, the perfect shot was the candidate, the spouse, the kids and the dog. In the 21st century, it's all about action. It's all about getting things done."

Here’s my question to you: What does it say about the U.S. in 2007 if "family values" have lost their punch as a campaign issue?

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