This and That:
- I think selecting the photo of Harriet Tubman as the first woman, on a paper currency ($20 bill) was the best of all the options. This was a truly remarkable woman who suffered greatly, yet devoted her life to the freedom of others against all odds. Well deserved. Particularly remarkable is that the picture of a former slave will replace the picture of a slave owner.
- It’s time to release Leslie Van Houten, the 19 year-old killer (among others) who followed the hypnotic, drug-induced lead of Charles Manson in 1969. She is now 66, having spent 47 years in prison for her crime, rejected in 22 applications for parole. Her prison record is sterling, her admissions and repentance sincere and to call her a threat to others today is absurd. She has paid a huge price (rightfully) and we need to show compassion. She is not the same person today, who committed those horrible deeds 47 years ago.
- The death of singer, Prince, will undoubtedly be revealed as drug related. He was a talented rock star, but he was also a drug abuser, not much different that many other stars who suffered early deaths from similar causes.