One of the most awful Christmas crimes in recent years was the massacre of six family members shot down in the midst of opening presents by a gunman wearing a Santa Claus outfit. It has taken a couple days for the identities and possible motivation to take shape.
The shooter was an Iranian Muslim immigrant, Aziz Yazdanpanah, who was an estranged husband, a realtor living in a foreclosed house, who was apparently angry with his daughter Nona (pictured) for dating a non-Muslim and his wife for leaving the marriage.
The Associated Press coverage (Authorities identify dead in Christmas shootings) emphasized the killer’s financial and marital troubles as explaining his actions. Those difficulties surely added to Yazdanpanah’s stress, but a Muslim man who is not exercising control over the females in his family can be a very dangerous character. (One example is the “moderate” Muslim, Muzzammil Hassan of Buffalo NY, who beheaded his wife when she decided to divorce him.)
Perhaps the shooter was further irritated by his family’s drift away from Islam. He could have blown away his family on any day of the year, but chose Christmas for maximum effect and several extra victims, who were relatives of his wife. Under extreme stress, people may pull back into earlier beliefs and behavior. For Yazdanpanah, that might have meant a massive honor killing, going out as a traditional Muslim man.
That’s my supposition, of course, but immigration is a very stressful endeavor even in the best of times, and this is not one of those. Muslims in particular may not have bargained for the degree of freedom offered to women in this culture which can be challenging to Islamic family life.
Not all strands of diversity can be woven together. Muslims keep telling us westerners that with their hostile behavior, but we aren’t listening very well. Lee Kuan Yew, the architect of modern diverse Singapore, declared, “I would say today, we can integrate all religions and races except Islam.”
JihadWatch posts an important article from the Dallas Morning News (“Neighbors horrified at news of family’s slayings in Grapevine,” — available only with subscription). The emotional difficulties of the family appear toward the end:
GRAPEVINE — Aziz Yazdanpanah seemed to be losing control of his life in recent months — his wife left him, his house was in foreclosure, and his 19-year-old daughter was dating a young man he didn’t like.
Even so, the 58-year-old former real estate agent from Colleyville seemed to be holding it together. Neighbors say he would smile and wave as he drove through his middle-class neighborhood. Recently, he was seen raking leaves in his yard.
“He was very friendly, a very good neighbor,” said Carrie Stewart, who lives across the street. “He was out here often doing yard work and he even watched our house for us when we went to Colorado.”
Yazdanpanah, a volunteer high school debate coach described as a doting father, is the focus of suspicion a day after a Christmas morning massacre in which a man dressed as Santa Claus killed six relatives and then committed suicide.
Grapevine police arrived at the Lincoln Vineyard Apartment Homes a few minutes before noon and discovered bodies sprawled among opened presents and wrapping paper. The victims were ages 15 to 58….
Citing public records and interviews with friends and neighbors, media reports Monday identified Yazdanpanah and others who had died: his estranged 55-year-old wife, Fatemeh Rahmati, their 19-year-old daughter, Nona Narges Yazdanpanah, and 15-year-old son, Ali Yazdanpanah.
Friends of the family said Fatemeh Rahmati’s 58-year-old sister, Zohreh Rahmaty, and her husband, Hossein Zarei, 59, and daughter Sahra Zarei, a 22-year-old pre-med student at the University of Texas at Arlington, also were killed. Continue reading this article
In a few days it will be 2012, and that means many new laws will go into effect.
Egregious nanny state California has instituted a slew of behavior enforcement laws to stomp out things liberals don’t like. Effective cough syrup corrupting the kiddies and beer confused with caffeine are banished from the shelves of commerce. (Don’t tell Sacramento about Irish coffee, a favorite upper-downer libation in San Francisco.)
Schools are a favorite laboratory for the liberal agenda of diversity social engineering, and this year is no exception with the inclusion of “gay history” for students of all ages. The law requires “a study of the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other cultural groups.”
DENVER — Starting Jan. 1, getting shark fins, caffeinated beer, cough syrup or a tan is going to be tougher than it was in 2011.
The National Conference of State Legislatures issued Monday its annual list of laws set to take effect in 2012, and there was nothing but bad news for connoisseurs of shark-fin soup. Oregon and California passed laws prohibiting the sale, trade, or distribution of the fins, which are considered a delicacy in China.
California also became the first state in the nation to require a prescription for obtaining any drug containing dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in many popular over-the-counter cough suppressants, including Robitussin, NyQuil and Dimetapp.
The law was prompted by a spike in the use of cough syrup as a recreational drug. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel considered making the medications prescription-only, but rejected the idea in September.
Voter identification continued to be a hot topic for legislators in 2011. Four states — Kansas, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Texas — approved laws requiring voters to present photo identification before casting ballots.
A fifth state, South Carolina, had passed its own voter-identification law, but it was overturned Dec. 23 by the Justice Department. South Carolina is required to submit revisions in voting procedures for federal clearance as a state with a history of discrimination at the ballot box, but it can appeal Justice’s ruling in federal court.
Supporters say the laws are needed to combat voter fraud, but the effort has touched off an outcry among civil rights groups, which contend that the laws are aimed at suppressing minority-voter participation. The NAACP recently launched a campaign, Stand for Freedom, to fight voter-identification measures.
Employers will be required to use E-Verify to determine the eligibility of their employees starting Jan. 1 in four states — Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. In California, however, legislators bucked the trend by prohibiting any state or local government from requiring employers to use the E-Verify program unless required by federal law or as a condition of receiving federal funds.
In education, California approved two hotly debated laws slated to take effect on New Year’s Day. The California Dream Act expands eligibility for institutional grants and fee waivers to students who are in the country illegally at the state’s university systems and community colleges.
To qualify, students must attend for at least three years and graduate from a California high school and prove that they are applying for legalized immigration status. The students must also meet certain academic standards.
California also becomes the first state to mandate the teaching of gay history. A new law requires schools to include in the public-school curriculum the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, along with disabled persons and others. The statute, which has no age limit, also bans instructional material that discriminates against those groups. Continue reading this article
We little citizens are supposed to celebrate New Year’s Day, but in backwards Mexifornia, that’s the date when the bad new laws go into effect. So the holiday also has a strong batten-down-the-hatches aspect.
One of the worst concoctions from Sacramento this year is the law that prohibits the impounding of cars driven by unlicensed drivers. It was enacted in October to make life easier for illegal aliens.
It used to be the law that unlicensed drivers snagged in checkpoints or during traffic stops would lose their vehicles to the impound yard and have to pay a big fine to bail them out. But that was deemed too troublesome for illegal aliens, so the only punishment left to dissuade unlicensed driving was scrapped.
Pandering to illegals makes the roadways more dangerous for the public, but the Mexican tail wags the Democrat dog in the California capital.
“This could have been avoided if the driver had taken the bus,” said Officer Kristi Sandoval, who serves on the Police Protective League board. “She could have saved a life if she were willing to be inconvenienced.”
As a police officer I can tell you that when we pull over an unlicensed driver whom is in this country illegally with NO license or insurance (so if they get into a collision you are totally financially responsible for damage / injury even if it is through no fault of your own), also these drivers are also much more likely to leave the seen of an accident as well regardless if you are injured / dying. But back to my original point, I have to give the unlicensed driver twenty minutes to call a friend to come get his or her car (this is the law of our state). Now if you are an American who had a license who somehow got it revoked I (by statute of state law) immediately no questions asked have to tow your car. I have not an ounce of leeway in this matter. How is that fair and equal treatment under the law?
Escondido, Calif. (AP) — Delfino Aldama was fixing a customer’s brakes this month when his smartphone chimed with a text message that tipped him to a police checkpoint more than an hour before officers began stopping motorists. The self-employed auto mechanic frantically called friends with the location and drove an alternate route home.
The Mexico native had reason to be alarmed: He does not have a driver’s license because he is in the United States illegally, and it would cost about $1,400 to get his Nissan Frontier pickup back from the towing company. He has breathed a little easier since he began getting blast text messages two years ago from activists who scour streets to find checkpoints as they are being set up.
The cat-and-mouse game ends Jan. 1 when a new law takes effect in California to prohibit police from impounding cars at sobriety checkpoints if a motorist’s only offense is being an unlicensed driver. Thousands of cars are towed each year in the state under those circumstances, hitting pocketbooks of illegal immigrants especially hard.
When Aldama’s 1992 Honda Civic was towed from a checkpoint years ago, he quit his job frying chickens at a fast-food restaurant because he had no way to make the 40-mile round trip to work. He abandoned the car rather than pay about $1,200 in fees.
“A car is a necessity, it’s not a luxury,” said the 35-year-old Aldama, who lives in Escondido with his wife, who is a legal resident, and their 5-year-old son, a U.S. citizen.
Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, a Los Angeles Democrat who tried unsuccessfully to restore driver licenses to illegal immigrants after California revoked the privilege in 1993, said he introduced the bill to ban towing after learning the notoriously corrupt city of Bell raked in big fees from unlicensed drivers at checkpoints.
A sharp increase in federally funded sobriety checkpoints in California has fueled controversy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration paid for 2,553 checkpoints last year, which authorities say helps explain why deaths caused by drunken drivers dropped to an all-time low in the state. Continue reading this article
Hostile Muslims can be efficient fellows when they plot to mass-murder Christians and other non-Islamics. The Sons of Allah use the Christian calendar to plot their massacres and increase the body count. For example, Egyptian Muslims bombed a Coptic church last New Year’s Eve, killing 21.
Nigeria has a history of religious violence since it is split demographically and geographically with mostly Muslims inhabiting the north. Last June, for example, Boko Haram (the accused group in the current atrocity) bombed a packed beer garden on a Sunday afternoon, killing 25.
Winning through intimidation (and mass murder) is an Islamic custom of long standing: non-believers must convert or die. Boko Haram is the regional Islamist flavor working to institute worldwide totalitarian sharia law.
LAGOS, Nigeria – The White House on Sunday issued a statement offering condolences to those affected by the coordinated terror attacks in Nigeria that left at least 39 people dead, with the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas mass.
“We condemn this senseless violence and tragic loss of life on Christmas Day. We offer our sincere condolences to the Nigerian people and especially those who lost family and loved ones. We have been in contact with Nigerian officials about what initially appear to be terrorist acts and pledge to assist them in bringing those responsible to justice,” White House said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Nigerian authorities acknowledged they could not bring enough emergency medical personnel to care for the wounded outside St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla near Nigeria’s capital. Elsewhere, a bomb exploded amid gunfire in the central Nigerian city of Jos and a suicide car bomber attacked the military in the nation’s northeast as part of an apparently coordinated assault by the sect known as Boko Haram.
The Christmas Day violence, denounced by world leaders and the Vatican, shows the threat of the widening insurrection posed by Boko Haram against Nigeria’s weak central government. Despite a recent paramilitary crackdown against the sect in the oil-rich nation, it appears that Africa’s most populous nation remains unable to stop the threat. Continue reading this article
They both fondly remember Irving Berlin, a Jewish immigrant of an earlier time who expressed his love of America by writing the beloved songs God Bless America and White Christmas. Now we are supposed to respect diversity by not using the word “Christmas.”
The liberal education establishment in Minnesota (home of the charter movement) is upset that charter schools are more racially segregated than public schools, thereby defying the first principle of diversity as the highest virtue.
But what did edu-elites expect with such a wrong-headed social engineering project? Of course immigrants set up their own social institutions when a critical mass of tribal members has been reached — and America does not insist upon traditional assimilation even though citizens desire it. Everyone like their own tribe the best because of humans’ innate tribalism, but Americans are trained not to express such preferences.
What American (not from Laos) would send their kid to St. Paul’s Hmong College Prep Academy (99% Asian)? Not many black Americans would choose the Dugsi Academy, which bills itself as “East African children in the Twin Cities” and emphasizes Somali and Arabic language acquisition. (Only 40 percent of Dugsi’s K-8 students passed state reading tests in 2009-10, which indicates something about priorities there.)
So charter schools do promote diversity, just in discrete modules, with no mixing.
Below, Dugsi Academy teaches Islamic values to children in St. Paul.
Immigrants today come to make MONEY, period, and set up their own balkanized communities that keep America out as much as possible, from little Havana (formerly Miami) to hispanicized Los Angeles (with 4.7 million latinos).
At Dugsi Academy, a public school in St. Paul, Minnesota, girls wearing traditional Muslim headscarves and flowing ankle-length skirts study Arabic and Somali. The charter school educates “East African children in the Twin Cities,” its website says. Every student is black.
At Twin Cities German Immersion School, another St. Paul charter, children gather under a map of “Deutschland,” study with interns from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and learn to dance the waltz. Ninety percent of its students are white.
Six decades after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down “separate but equal” schools for blacks and whites, segregation is growing because of charter schools, privately run public schools that educate 1.8 million U.S. children. While charter-school leaders say programs targeting ethnic groups enrich education, they are isolating low-achievers and damaging diversity, said Myron Orfield, a lawyer and demographer.
“It feels like the Deep South in the days of Jim Crow segregation,” said Orfield, who directs the University of Minnesota Law School’s Institute on Race & Poverty. “When you see an all-white school and an all-black school in the same neighborhood in this day and age, it’s shocking.”
Charter schools are more segregated than traditional public schools, according to a 2010 report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers studied 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 39 metropolitan areas. In particular, higher percentages of charter-school students attend what the report called “racially isolated” schools, where 90 percent or more students are from disadvantaged minority groups.
In Minnesota, the birthplace of the U.S. charter-school movement, the divide is more than black and white.
St. Paul’s Hmong College Prep Academy, 99 percent Asian- American in the past school year, immerses students “in the rich heritage that defines Hmong culture.” Its Academia Cesar Chavez School — 93 percent Hispanic — promises bilingual education “by advocating Latino cultural values in an environment of familia and community.” Minneapolis’s Four Directions Charter School, 94 percent Native American, black and Hispanic, promotes “lifelong learning for American Indian students.”
Charter schools, which select children through lotteries, are open to all who apply, said Abdulkadir Osman, Dugsi’s executive director.
“Some people call it segregation,” Osman said. “This is the parent’s choice. They can go anywhere they want. We are offering families something unique.”
That’s a “significant difference” between Minnesota charters and segregated schools in the 1950s South, said Joe Nathan, director of the Center for School Change at Macalester College in St. Paul.
“Nobody is being forced to go to these schools,” said Nathan, who helped write Minnesota’s 1991 charter-school law.
Ever since Horace Mann crusaded for free universal education in the 19th century, public schools have been hailed as the U.S. institutions that bring together people of disparate backgrounds.
The atomization of charter schools coincides with growing U.S. diversity. Americans of other races will outnumber whites by 2042, the Census Bureau projects. Continue reading this article
When state enforcement is given half a chance, it is successful and benefits citizens. In Alabama, unemployment has decreased in recent months as illegals have been forced out by workplace identification checks.
Still, there’s more than one way to skin a cat in the face of powerful opposition, and state leaders haven’t stopped strategizing about how to save America from invasion.
The approaches to unwelcoming foreign job thieves include expanding E-Verify, increasing Secure Communities, invalidating all contracts made with illegals and banning aliens’ transactions with government agencies.
State legislators looking to crack down on illegal immigration in 2012 are turning away from the law enforcement laws that dominated state houses this year, and instead are pushing other measures that can make life just as difficult for illegal immigrants.
Much of the international furor over state immigration laws in states such as Arizona and Alabama focused on the portions that granted local police the ability to conduct roadside immigration checks of people stopped for other crimes.
Alabama leaders are now considering revisions after foreign workers at Mercedes-Benz and Honda carmaking plants in the state were detained under the new law. The U.S. Department of Justice has sued to block four state enforcement laws — Alabama, Arizona, South Carolina and Utah — and Arizona’s law will be in limbo until at least next summer when the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on its constitutionality.
“(Immigration enforcement) bills in other states that were advancing, you may see them stall until we can get clarification from the Supreme Court,” said South Carolina state Sen. Larry Grooms, a Republican whose enforcement bill passed this year.
That political and legal turmoil has left few legislators in other states pushing new law enforcement laws.
Mississippi state Sen. Joey Fillingane, a Republican whose enforcement bill passed the state Senate and could pass the House with a new Republican majority there this year, said he won’t let potentially-lengthy reviews of Arizona’s enforcement law stop him from pushing a similar measure.
“We understand from being attorneys and dealing with appeals that rulings can take a long, long time,” Fillingane said. “I don’t think that’s any reason … to stop everything in its tracks.”
But Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has helped Arizona and other state legislators craft laws cracking down on illegal immigrants, sees that as the exception. He said legislators will continue expanding the use of E-Verify, which businesses can use to check the immigration status of job applicants, Secure Communities, which allows police to check the immigration status of people booked into local jails, and laws that restrict illegal immigrants from accessing public benefits.
Yet it’s a new provision in Alabama’s law that has caught the eye of many state legislators. Kobach said Alabama was the first state to invalidate all contracts entered into with illegal immigrants. A strict reading of the law could mean that any contract, including mortgages, apartment leases and basic work agreements, can be ruled null and void.
“That is one that has a much greater effect than some people might expect at first glance,” Kobach said. “Suppose an illegal alien is doing some roofing business and wants to rent some equipment. Some short-term or long-term rental suddenly becomes more difficult to do.” Continue reading this article
Deport. It’s my favorite verb (next to self-deport, of course).
So it’s a fine thing to hear a major Presidential candidate say that a public lawbreaker with powerful connections should be sent home. That’s what happened on a Wednesday radio interview in Boston with Mitt Romney. The former Governor opined that Obama’s illegal alien drunk-driving uncle Onyango Obama (pictured below) should be deported.
Hey, don’t forget Obama’s Aunt Zeituni, the illegal alien who is living off the taxpayer in public housing. You would think her millionaire nephew in the White House could pay for her upkeep.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a Boston talk radio host on Wednesday that he supports the deportation of President Obama’s Kenyan-born uncle who was arrested this fall on drunken driving charges in Massachusetts.
When asked by Boston radio personality Howie Carr whether the president’s relative, Onyango Obama, should be deported, Romney said, “the answer is ‘yes.’”
“Well, if the laws of the United States say he should be deported, and I presume they do, then of course we should follow those laws,” Romney said. “And the answer is ‘yes.’”
When Carr brought up Onyango Obama case, Romney first sought clarification: “Who is Uncle Omar, Howie?” the former Massachusetts governor asked the radio host.
Carr explained that the uncle, nicknamed “Omar,” was recently arrested in Framingham, Mass.
“Now he’s claiming he’s got a Social Security number and drivers’ license and no one knows how he got them,” Carr told Romney, “but they’re apparently legit even though he’s in the country illegally.” (Onyango Obama had reportedly defied a 1992 deportation order.)
“Uncle Omar,” who is the half-brother of the president’s father, was arrested on Aug. 24 for driving under the influence, failing to yield and negligent operation of a vehicle. At the police station, he told an officer, “I think I will call the White House,” according to a police report. Continue reading this article
A recent survey shows the voting public to be strongly in favor of photo identification at the polling place.
In doing so, citizens agree with the Supreme Court, which determined in 2008 that photo ID is not an undue burden to participate in American elections (High court upholds Indiana’s voter ID law, CNN, April 28, 2008).
The Attorney General has made a big deal out of opposing measures which would prevent voter fraud, and is out of step with the American people in pursuing that course — not for the first time. (For example, his insistence on holding 9/11 terror trials in New York City was very unpopular even among NY Democrats and he eventually withdrew the idea.)
Seventy percent (70%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to cast their ballot. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% oppose this kind of requirement. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
It was announced this week in Chicago that a plea deal has been worked out between prosecutors and would-be terror bomber Sami Samir Hassoun (pictured), a Lebanese citizen. He had deposited a backpack containing a bomb (he thought) near Wrigley Field during a Dave Matthews concert in 2010, hoping to murder hundreds (Plea deal in works for Wrigley Field bomb suspect, Chicago Tribune, Dec 20).
It’s troubling that so many terror crimes are swept under the rug via plea deals. The usual explanation is that it saves the government money to forego the costs of a full-blown trial. The report below notes that only five percent of federal cases actually go to trial.
But trials are public events in which citizens learn more about the nefarious activity occurring in their communities. Terror trials in particular are vital to reveal the extent of the mostly immigrant fifth columnists who endeavor to mass-murder Americans. The Holy Land Foundation trial in 2007 uncovered a network of jihadists posing as Muslim charities, and the organization’s founders were given life sentences.
Two high-profile terrorism cases in Chicago are headed toward plea bargains, according to court records obtained by the I-Team and attorneys for the accused.
The terrorism cases are unrelated and both men were arrested by the FBI at different times last year. Raja Khan was a cab driver the feds say was connected to top foreign terrorists. Sami Hassoun was the so-called “Wrigleyville bomber.”
Now with Khan and Hassoun cutting deals, the men and the government will avoid lengthy and costly prosecutions.
The Dave Matthews band was playing in Wrigley Field on September 19th, 2010. That is the night federal authorities claim Sami Samir Hassoun chose to detonate a bomb in Wrigleyville.
The 22-year old Lebanese national was charged with placing a backpack inside a trash can outside Sluggers sports bar across from the ballpark.
According to prosecutors, Hassoun thought it was a fully functional bomb in his pack, capable of leveling the city block.
“His intent was to kill as many people as he could in an area of town that was highly populated at that time of night, to create as much destruction as possible,” said the FBI’s agent in charge, Robert Grant. Continue reading this article
Over in Pakistan, the Allah-bots are marching to declare their hatred of the United States.
“Peace with Jihad” reads one sign in the Lahore rally (shown below in the video). We know what that means — submission for infidels under Islamic sharia law. Muslims are all for peace, as long as it is according to their Islo-supremacist terms.
Stopping foreign aid sent to hostiles countries is a good idea, but why stop there? Why not end immigration from Pakistan and other unfriendlies while Washington is at it? There were more than 210,000 Pakistanis residing in the US as of 2005, according to the Census.
(KCEN) — Tension between Pakistan and the United States rose Sunday when a rally led by 30,000 protesters took place in the city of Lahore. The anti-US protest was in support of the 24 Pakistani soldiers killed in a November NATO attack.
Smaller protests also took place in other Pakistan cities.
Despite condolences offered by the United States, Pakistan decided recently to close its Afghanistan border to any crossing NATO supplies. It also banned U.S. involvement at a Pakistani airbase.
Pakistan has been criticized by the U.S. in the past for not aggressively going after Taliban fighters habitating in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Foreign relations between the United States and Pakistan have been shaky since the U.S. capture of Osama Bin Laden in a populated region, a feat the Pakistani army was unable to accomplish.
Pakistan has also been previously accused of helping the militant Haqqani network attack U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan.
It’s common sense that both legal and illegal immigration should be decreased by the government during the crushing jobs depression, but the open-borders lobby is mounting a determined effort to convince the public of a monstrous falsehood: Who you gonna believe — La Raza or your lyin’ eyes?
Plus the open-borders left has successfully recruited the foolish NAACP to attack the Alabama law, even though illegal immigration arguably harms black citizens more than any other group: Immigrant and civil rights leaders to rally in Montgomery against immigration law (WAFF News, Dec 17). Forming a political alliance with illegal alien hispanics is apparently more important for the NAACP than improving the lives of actual black Americans.
Here’s the encouraging employment update from Alabama:
Alabama’s unemployment rate fell at a record pace in November amid stepped-up efforts by President Barack Obama’s deputies to frustrate enforcement of the state’s popular new immigration reform.
The state’s unemployment rate fell 0.6 percent in November to 8.7 percent, according to new state reports, partly because the state’s employers opened up jobs to Americans after shedding illegal immigrants.
The unemployment rate is far below October’s rate of 9.3 percent and September’s rate of 9.8 percent.
“The continued drop is proof that people — American Citizens [and] legal migrants, have suffered at the hands of politicians who choose politics over economics,” said Chuck Ellis, a council member in Northern Alabama’s Marshall County.
“What’s really amazing is that in Marshall County, a county of 95,000 residents, 30,000 workforce eligible, there are over 600 people who now have jobs that they didn’t have 6 months ago,” he said.
In November the county’s unemployment rate dropped 0.7 percent, from 8.1 percent to 7.4 percent.
“Is that a difference of great significance? Ask those families for an answer as they undertake the Christmas season,” Ellis said. Continue reading this article
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