What’s in…What’s out…
The Olympics….The Olympic cauldron burns strong in Pyeongchang County, South Korea as the 2018 Winter Olympic Games begin.. Taking place in a beautiful backdrop of winter scenes, the Olympics will be held till February 25th. Congratulations to Mikaela Shifrin for winning the first US gold for the giant slalom. So get the hot chocolate and popcorn ready, there is more to come!
Lillian Calderon, the wife and mother who has been in the custody of immigration officials for almost a month was allowed home to her family Tuesday. Her attorney said the lawsuit opposing her deportation must still be resolved but officials in Massachusetts decided to release her because of a motion made by her attorney.
Heroes amongst us….Aaron Feis, a popular wrestling coach and athletic director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Schook In Parkland, Fla. was a hero in Wednesday’s mass shooting at the Florida high school. He used his body to shield students from the line of fire and was fatally injured. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and all the victims and families affected in this horrific tragedy.
911 In crisis…… NBC 10 has learned that the 911 emergency call center is severely understaffed with some callers waiting up to 2 minutes and 47 seconds on hold while they waited for someone to come back on line. This is outrageous! Rep. Bob Lancia visited during the evening shift when only four workers were working even though there is a minimum staffing level of eight in past years. Rep. Lancia alerted the public about what he saw and has heard from workers at 911.
NBC 10 I-Team reviewed stats from the RI State Police showing that 20,833 calls were put on hold during 2017. This is outrageous! This is an emergency call system that the public depends on. Kudos to Rep. Lancia for staying on top of this and let’s hope the matter is investigated and fully exposed. Monies collected from 911 fees have been diverted in to the General fund instead of the 911budget. The FCC has warned the State of RI that is not acceptable and to stop doing that. Ten million dollars has been diverted into the General Fund. This is a fiasco and a terrible public safety hazard. Lives could be lost in minutes. It could be any one of us that needs that service and it should be available within seconds.
Another school shooting..The horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida on St. Valentine’s day/Ash Wednesday has left us all heartsick and upset. Teachers, students and school workers should be safe at all times. The violence and the murder of innocent lives has gone on too long.
Everyone needs to work together to change school policies, change laws and increased security at our schools. The way things are going, it won’t be long before armed guards are at our schools as well as metal detectors.
Whatever it takes to protect our kids is a must.
Killer notoriety…..Nikolas Cruz brutally murdered 17 innocent people and we keep seeing his picture everywhere on television, social media and in the newspapers. It is time to stop giving these killers and assassins the publicity they crave and so enjoy. Instead let us focus on our victims and families as we pray for them and remember their lives and stories. It’s time to stop making these killers celebrities and famous.