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I read this blog/opinion from sphere on aol. I wanted to share it. This is something that has to have stiff penalties for and school buses should be equipped with video cameras to identify those that refuse to stop for stopped school buses.
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Opinion
Finding Meaning — and a Cause — in Our Son’s Death
Lori Key
Special to Sphere

(Jan. 22) — On a cold Friday afternoon, Dec. 11, 2009, my life was forever changed.

The day started like any other, as we got our family up and each of our children to school. The afternoon rolled around, and I waited, as I did every school day, for my precious 5-year-old son, Nathaniel Glenn Key, to hop off the bus and come happily home.


Courtesy of Lori Key
Nathan Key was killed as he was getting off his school bus by a driver who decided to pass the stopped bus.
But that day, a driver decided to recklessly pass and ignore the school bus’ flashing red lights and stop sign and drive around it.

He hit and killed Nathan, just a few feet from our house, just days before Christmas.

The pain my husband and I have experienced is unbelievable and seemingly unendurable. Our memories of him are too few. I would give anything just to have him back in my life, if only for a moment.

But we have endured, barely.

In the natural course of events, life develops a cycle of normalcy. As part of life’s cycle, belabored justifications of death are occasionally used for comfort when we lose our elderly friends or family, but such subtle consolation does not easily extend to the death of a child. The old expect to die and leave their children behind, and we were no different.

For us, the world has become a much darker place, with dimly lit mornings that seem less smiling. In our small community, aching emptiness abounds, and sympathetic hearts blindly search for an answer to perhaps the most difficult of life’s questions.

It has now become the goal of my family — our obsession — to make sure this type of accident never happens again. No other family should have to suffer from what we have experienced.

And though I’m painfully aware that no law can prevent each and every accident, I am dedicated to making sure that something positive comes from Nathan’s death.

What we have learned since has been deeply troubling. Every school day, thousands upon thousands of cars drive around stopped school buses. In Virginia alone it happens about 600,000 times a year, according to one study. A New York study found that 50,000 times a day drivers didn’t stop for a school bus that was letting children on or off.

As a result, 18 children — most of them under age 8 — were killed last school year while getting on or off a school bus, according to a national survey by the Kansas State Department of Education.

One of the big problems is that in many states the penalty for failing to stop for a school bus is weak and enforcement is lax. In my home state of Mississippi, a violator faces only a small fine — in the rare event that he or she is caught red-handed.


Nathan Key memorial
Courtesy of Lori Key
This makeshift memorial to Nathan stands on the side of the road where he was killed.
This madness has to stop.

My husband and I have been working with Mississippi Sen. Chris McDaniel to develop a comprehensive school bus safety act — called “Nathan’s Law.”

This law would, among other things, raise the fine for a first offense to $500 for passing a stopped school bus, in addition to license suspension for a period of 30 days and discretionary imprisonment for up to 48 hours.

For any subsequent violation, the fine would climb to $800, plus a 90-day license suspension and the possibility of one year in prison. A driver who injured a child while passing a stopped bus could face up to five years in jail.

The law would also encourage a statewide marketing campaign to educate our citizens concerning the new law and the importance of school bus safety. More important, it would authorize school districts to mount cameras on their stop arms to help catch lawbreakers.

This law isn’t just needed in my home state. Tougher penalties and better enforcement are needed around the country.

For the sake and safety of other children, we must take action to help prevent this type of event from ever happening again.

It’s my prayer that something positive will come from such a senseless tragedy. I hope that Nathan’s life and death will serve to inspire safety reforms all across our country.

Perhaps then we will be able to see God’s purpose, even in our heartbreak.
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Lori Key lives in Laurel, Miss.

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The Obama administration is going to take our guns by signing a treaty with the UN. This is a “backdoor” way to over ride the second amendment. Obama and company want to join all of the other Socialist governments to give government total control over its people.

Here are links to many stories regarding this upcoming event in 2010 that will continue to erode our rights as citizens and continue to take away our freedoms. How many more freedoms will our government take from us?

New Years gun threat

http://nationalgunrights.org/blog/?p=359

NRA warns of gun control

for many more articles, just google it

I am ashamed of being a democrat right now. First they shove the health reform down our throats that will cost us billions and now this. I am ashamed of my government. Washington does not listen to us and it is our fault they continue partying with our money.

They're after our 2nd amendment rights

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Obama campaign promise broken

The White House has broken a campaign promise to the American people regarding openess and the Democrats are deciding our fate on health care behind closed doors without any input from other parties (Republicans and Independents) As a registered Democrat, I feel ashamed of my party and can only see some shady deals result from this. The American people will ultimately get screwed. Here is the link to the story

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Here is the story

Obama catches heat over breaking campaign promise of openness
Thu Jan 7, 3:07 pm ET

Earlier this week, we told you about the way that Democratic leaders in Congress plan to use an obscure legislative tactic known as “ping-pong” to bounce the health care reform bill back and forth between the House and the Senate to reconcile their differences. Their goal is to keep the final negotiations between House and Senate leadership (along with the White House), and avoid Republican input and likely delaying tactics. The White House, though, is now catching heat because many see this process as a direct betrayal of President Obama’s oft-repeated promise to broadcast these negotiations live on television.

On Tuesday, Brian Lamb, the CEO of C-SPAN – the political television network that shows full coverage of policymaking in Washington, D.C. – sent a letter to the White House and leaders in Congress imploring them to allow the health care bill’s final negotiations to be broadcast live and in their entirety on his network. Saying that C-SPAN would use the most advanced technology available in order to be “as unobtrusive as possible,” Lamb wrote:

President Obama, Senate and House leaders, many of your rank-and-file members, and the nation’s editorial pages have all talked about the value of transparent discussions on reforming the nation’s health care system. Now that the process moves to the critical stage of reconciliation between Chambers, we respectfully request that you allow the public full access, through television, to legislation that will affect the lives of every single American.

Prominent Republicans were quick to praise Lamb for putting the White House on the spot. Saying that “secret deliberations” were a “breeding ground” for “shady deals,” House Minority Leader John Boehner said that he and his fellow House Republicans “strongly endorse” Lamb’s proposal. He added, “Hard-working families won’t stand for having the future of their health care decided behind closed doors.”

Not helping to calm the brewing storm is the fact that the White House has been evasive in responding to Lamb’s letter. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Tuesday flatly refused to comment on the letter, claiming he had yet to have the opportunity to read it. When he returned to face the press corps on Wednesday, Gibbs said little more than that the president was doing everything he could to get a bill on his desk “as quickly as possible.” He blew off persistent questioning on the matter by referring reporters to the transcript from the previous day’s exchange, leading one pundit to term the whole thing a “rough day for transparency at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

But some are defending the White House by saying that holding the negotiations behind closed doors is simply a necessary evil for getting a bill passed in the current political environment. Commentary’s John Steele Gordon contends that Obama’s main sin in the matter is not breaking the promise of open negotiations, but making such a promise in the first place, something he called a “dumb political move”:

Real negotiations – as opposed to questioning witnesses and debating on the floor – are never held in public. If they were, political opponents and lobbyists would be hanging on every word. The give and take, the thinking out loud, the tentative suggestions, the horse-trading that are so much a part of any negotiation would be impossible when every casual phrase, recorded on C-Span’s camcorders, might be turned into an attack ad for the next election.

On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi emerged from a meeting to face a throng of reporters who were quick to question her about Obama’s broken campaign promise. Pelosi responded with a sarcastic “Really?!” before breaking out into laughter. She then added, “There are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail.” Pelosi’s implication appeared clear: Sometimes in politics, remaining true to promises is much harder than actually making them.

– Brett Michael Dykes is a contributor to the Yahoo! News blog

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