Opinion

December 5, 2012

Charles Oliver: Apparently, politics precedes parenting

A couple in South Yorkshire, England, who weren’t named by the media, had three foster children take from them because they are members of the United Kingdom Independence Party, which opposes British membership in the European Union and supports greater restrictions on immigration. The couple have fostered a dozen children over the past seven years. But the local council recently discovered their membership in the UKIP. Officials said the couple’s support for “racist” policies made them unfit to be foster parents. The couple in question note that they not only have members of other races in their family they have also fostered children of other races.

Alexis Sumpter just wanted to get downtown to her first day on the job in a marketing internship. She’d swiped her MetroCard and was about to board the subway when three plainclothes New York City police officers confronted her and told her she looked too old to be using a student subway pass. When she couldn’t provide any ID, they threw her against a wall, handcuffed her and called her parents. The cops didn’t believe the parents when the told them she was 15. Her mother had to get her birth certificate and show it to them before they released her.

In Great Britain, the Revenue and Customs office has set up lessons for school children on the importance of paying taxes. One of those lessons encourages children to tell their teachers if they suspect anyone they know is trying to evade his taxes.

A federal jury has awarded Karolina Obrycka $850,000 after she was beaten up by off-duty Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate. The jury found a conspiracy involving Abbate and other officers to cover up the crime. Abbate became angry after Obrycka, a bartender, cut him off and tried to keep him from coming behind the bar.

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