Competition, online shopping among challenges facing Buffalo Grove’s new effort to invigorate Lake Cook Road

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Judge Denies NRA’s Use Of Pseudonyms In Florida Case

When the state of Florida decided it would ban the same of long guns to people under the age of 21, anti-gunners rejoiced. Why wouldn’t they? There was gun control in the “Gunshine” state.

However, the National Rifle Association was less than amused. Instead, it stood ready to fight the law in the courts.

Unfortunately, it took a minor setback recently.

A federal judge reluctantly denied the National Rifle Association’s use of pseudonyms instead of plaintiffs’ real names in a challenge to a new Florida law placing age restrictions on gun purchases. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker acknowledged the group’s concern for privacy amid the volatile debate over guns, but explained the request for anonymity lacks precedent.

“[T]he NRA has not really identified any information of ‘utmost intimacy’ that would be revealed if Jane and John Doe were forced [to] use their real names,” Walker said in his order. “All we know so far is that they’re nineteen years old, they live in Florida, they’re members of the NRA, they haven’t been convicted of a felony, they haven’t been adjudicated mentally defective, they want to buy firearms, and they want to support the NRA with this lawsuit.”

In court documents, the NRA said it feared that its plaintiffs — two 19-year-old NRA members, one male and one female — would be subjected to harassment and threats if they were identified by name. The organization pointed to nasty emails received by state representative and former NRA president Marion Hammer to show what kind of vitriol the debate spurs.

But, Walker explained the legal use of a pseudonym has been limited to cases where the subject matter is sensitive or personal like religion, sexuality or involving a minor. Whereas the NRA’s case challenges the government over public policy, so there’s no reputational or economic risk involved for plaintiffs like there would be if they sued a private party.

I’ll be honest, I see both sides of the argument here.

The NRA has a point. At this time, anti-gun zealots will do anything to harass and destroy anyone and everyone who appears to be pro-gun. These two members have a legitimate concern here.

On the same hand, I see where the judge is coming from. He’s right about the use of pseudonyms historically.

However, where I think he’s wrong is that believing what was defined as “sensitive” historically is all that should be deemed sensitive now. There’s been a concerted effort to stigmatize gun owners to set up just the sort of harassment that the NRA fears. Gun ownership may, for some people, be a sensitive topic much like homosexuality was in past years. This is especially true if you reside in a very anti-gun community.

That said, let’s be clear here. Unless the two members absolutely refuse to be identified, this is a minor setback at worst. The judge has a point, and failing to make this point could open the entire case up to appeal should the state lose. I’d rather he get his stuff straight so there’s nothing for them to appeal.

In the meantime, let’s just hope these two members are in a position to allow themselves to be identified so this lawsuit can move forward.

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Senate Votes 52-47 In First Step Toward Restoring Net Neutrality –

The Senate just voted 52-47 to move forward with an attempt to reverse the FCC’s net neutrality repeal using the Congressional Review Act. From here the path gets harder with a looming vote in the House, where incumbent ISP lobbyists hold greater sway over politicians like Marsha Blackburn .

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University Condemned for Handling of Residential Schools Course Controversy

A group of Canadian professors is speaking out against a Halifax university’s handling of a residential schools course quandary, saying the race or ethnicity of a professor should not be a consideration when assigning a course.

Mount Saint Vincent University found itself embroiled in controversy after assigning a course about Canada’s residential schools to a non-Indigenous professor, something activists say undermines reconciliation efforts.

In response, the school called a meeting this week between Indigenous faculty and staff and the professor assigned to the course to determine a way forward.

But the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship says in a letter that the decision to call a meeting undercuts university collegiality and the integrity of the academic department overseeing the course and curriculum.

Matter should be judged on academic grounds, says prof

Mark Mercer, president of the society and a philosophy professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, said it’s up to the Mount’s history department to consider a professor’s expertise and perspectives. He said these matters should be judged on academic grounds alone.

“The race or ethnicity of the professor is not an academic ground and, thus, should not be a consideration,” Mercer said in a letter to Elizabeth Church, vice-president academic and provost at the school.

“The idea that only Indigenous scholars can teach topics involving Indigenous people is false and pernicious. Mount Saint Vincent University should clearly and forcefully repudiate it.”

The university should stand by its decision to assign the course to a qualified professor, he added.

On Friday, Church said the university has been actively recruiting Indigenous faculty, with the search ongoing for additional Indigenous professors.

“What we’ve tried to do is listen to the different perspectives and really try to understand how to move forward in a way that is respectful and thoughtful,” she said. “It’s a very complex issue and we’re really looking at what it means to have expertise in the topic and bringing in the perspectives that need to be there.”

The decision to assign a “settler scholar” to teach the course was decried on social media as a kind of historical appropriation and reinforcement of the systemic oppression of First Nations.

Critics said only Indigenous people have the lived experience to understand the complex and cumulative ways they’ve been discriminated against, and that they should teach their own history.

“Part of reconciliation is making space for Indigenous faculty members at universities and Indigenous knowledge perspectives,” Patti Doyle-Bedwell, a Mi’kmaq woman and Dalhousie University professor, said on Friday.

“We’re talking about indigenizing the academy.”

But Sherry Pictou, a women’s studies professor at the university who is Mi’kmaq, spoke out in support of the history professor assigned to the course.

Despite the outcry on social media, Pictou said she has “full confidence” in Martha Walls as both as a historian and an ally to the Indigenous community.

Furthermore, she said the work of decolonizing “cannot fall just on the backs and labour of other Indigenous academics.”

More than 150,000 First Nations, ​Métis and Inuit children were taken from their families — often by force — to attend government residential schools, according to findings by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Speaker Paul Ryan and House Chaplain Hope to Move Forward After Controversy

WASHINGTON – Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Chaplain Patrick Conroy are trying to move forward after last month’s controversy in which Ryan urged the chaplain to resign and then reversed that decision after a public backlash. “It is my job as …

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Nevada court considers allowing first execution since 2006

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