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Friday, November 02, 2001
New Public Safety Laws. Stay informed! This link at the DSP website lists new legislation, and laws regarding public safety.
The Delaware State Trooper's Association. Who are they? Why are they calling to sell products? Are they legitimate? Yes, the Delaware State's Trooper's Association is a legitimate organization for the support of our State Troopers. When they call you, they are not calling as a police officer and they cannot force you to listen to them or purchase items, but they are legitimate and they represent a good and worthy cause. The DSTA sports a slogan, "In God We Trust, All Others We Run NCIC". See also a related organization, the Association of Retired Delaware State Police.
Want Ads. The Delaware State Police have a different kind of Want Ads for us to review. Check out Delaware's Most Wanted. Maybe you have seen one of these wanted persons.
Uniformed, but off duty State Police patrols of the Motiva plant suffered a brief interruption as the Office of the Attorney General advised the police to discontinue for fear of creating a perception of a conflict of interest. Police are investigating the major acid spill that occurred on July 17. The Governor, Ruth Ann Minner, reversed the decision to halt privately paid patrols in the interest of security. The State Police, and other police agencies within the State of Delaware, hire out off duty patrol officers and patrol vehicles for $45 per hour. The Delaware State Police have defended the safety and peace in Delaware since 1923.
Thursday, November 01, 2001
Delaware Facts Contest #2. This is kind of a trick question, so beware. What is Delaware's Motto (slogan or brand)? Send your contest entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 15. See previous entries or contact LDS for contest rules.
Did you form the wrong kind of company? Don't give up all hope, maybe you can convert your entity into a Delaware LLC. One of the flexible and comprehensive features of Delaware Corporate Law is portrayed in 6 Del.C 18-214, the provision that allows many types of corporations, trusts, partnerships and other entities to convert into a Delaware LLC. Check the statute out at Lexis, and search for "convert limited liability company 18-214", then scroll down.
Wednesday, October 31, 2001
Who could vote against a Bill known as the Patriot Act?
Wisconsin's Senator Russ Feingold spoke out against the anti-terrorism bill on October 25, 2001, and vowed to vote against the bill. He did this for very sound reasons - he wants Congress to work not only to stop terrorism, but also to protect our civil liberties as much as possible. His Statement to Congress is long, but well worth reading. In addition to stating his personal, and emotional reactions to the attacks on September 11th, he writes about the protection of civil liberties, the over reaching scope of the anti-terrorist bill, and the history of limitations on civil liberties during wars and other troubled times in our nation's history. "Sneak and Peak" searches, new treatments of computer crimes, and lowered standards of due process through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Courts are some of the issues that Feingold raises.
Russ Feingold was the only dissenting vote for the terrorism act that passed through the Senate. After reading his statement, I respect his conviction in standing for his beliefs. We can only hope that some of his very well reasoned concerns are addressed in the near future. His vote wasn't for terrorism, but rather against a bill that could have the power to strip us of our civil liberties.
Who voted against the Patriot Act? It was a patriot that did.
- William Slawski
Tuesday, October 30, 2001
William Penn organized a nonprofit organization in 1764, called the Trustees of New Castle Commons. The Trustees act as an integral part of the management of the commons areas of the City of New Castle. In addition to caring for commons lands, they encourage historical preservation, have built a new library and firehall for the city, and amongst many other fuctions, support education for City residents by financial grants. This organization is the only one of its kind in Delaware, and may be unmatched throughout the rest of the United States. At one point in time, New Castle was the colonial capitol of the State of Delaware. If you would like to capture the spirit of America in the 1700's, the City of New Castle is a thriving example.
Ever seen a historical marker at a location in Delaware? Curious as to where those came from, and how to find other locations which have similar markers? The Delaware Public Archives are the ones who place those signs in Delaware. The Historical Markers program is part of its mandate, as a state agency. Markers are placed at historically significant locations and sites across the state, in New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.
- William Slawski
Delaware has a rich, living history. We walk cobblestone streets (mayhap they be refurbished), and meet in century old buildings. Some insight and handy links to life in Delaware can be found at Delaware Living . While some of the more traditional history resources can be found at the Historical Society of Delaware.
Monday, October 29, 2001
Interested in finding out more about Delaware's nonprofit organizations? DANA is the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Associations. It's also a useful site if you're interested in starting up or running a nonprofit organization in Delaware. For instance, here's the type of information you can see in the section they have on finding volunteers:
Frequently Asked Questions Volunteer Management Links
They also cover topics like grants, tradeshows, building a website, jobs, donors, and risk management. Their magazine, called "Good Cause" is filled with articles that can keep you informed of what's going on in Delaware's nonprofit sector, and a listing of volunteer opportunites in their Random Acts of Kindness section.
Many questions have been raised regarding airport security over the last few weeks. Should security be overseen by the federal government? Should security personnel at airports be federal employees? Efforts to increase coordination between the FBI and state law enforcement units regarding passenger lists have also been a topic of much discussion. Many of these questions and issues will probably be answered within the next week. President Bush has vowed to issue an executive order regarding security at airports if Congress doesn't make decisions on those issues soon.
Secret Court for Hackers?
A secret court for hackers? A government anti-terrorism group has recommended just that step. This cyber court would be based upon another court that exists now, and conducts its business in secret.
That other court is comprised of a rotating membership of federal court judges, and has been empowered under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The FISA court is in charge of issuing warrants during investigations, and the cyber court might hold a similar role with respect to crimes on the internet.
- William Slawski