Here are a few stories in today’s Boston Globe:
one on the EPA tightening pollution standards:
‘‘The Clean Power Plan is one of the most far-reaching energy regulations in this nation’s history,’’ said Attorney General Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia, among those leading the challenges. ‘‘I have a responsibility to protect the lives of millions of working families, the elderly, and the poor, from such illegal and unconscionable federal government actions.’’
Yes, that is indeed someone arguing that he is trying to protect lives by trying to allow higher amounts of pollution.
a second on police:
With his remarks, Comey lent the prestige of the FBI, the nation’s most prominent law enforcement agency, to a theory that is far from settled: that the increased attention on the police has made officers less aggressive and emboldened criminals. But Comey acknowledged that there is so far no data to back up his assertion and that it may be just be one of many factors that are contributing to the rise in crime, like cheaper drugs and an increase in criminals being released from prison.
“I don’t know whether that explains it entirely, but I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year,” Comey said in a speech at the University of Chicago Law School.
Comey is arguing that trying to make sure police follow the law makes them less likely to do their job. He adds:
“Lives are saved when those potential killers are confronted by a police officer, a strong police presence and actual, honest-to-goodness, up-close ‘What are you guys doing on this corner at 1 o’clock in the morning’ policing,” Comey said. “We need to be careful it doesn’t drift away from us in the age of viral videos, or there will be profound consequences.”
Somehow this applies to everyone except the police, who should be left alone.