Saturday, September 13, 2014

Immigration Reform: Sorting right, wrong

by Jack Reeves

The president says he will delay executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections. Politics.

But immigration is basically economics and ethics. U.S. farms heavily rely — almost 80 percent — on low-wage foreign workers, mainly Mexican. Half of these workers are undocumented. This cheap labor helps keep down food prices, particularly for labor-intensive fruits and vegetables.

The major objection to a path to citizenship is that it would reward unauthorized immigrants who broke the law.

However, farmers who hire millions of these individuals don't seem interested in their status — arguably, breaking the law.

And aren't those who purchase and consume foreign-worker grown, picked and packed fruits and vegetables, including me, accessories to crime?

Many who disparage unauthorized immigrants and oppose the Dream Act base their opposition on their contorted definition of right and wrong — perhaps while enjoying an avocado with some wine.

I eagerly await the president's executive action in a couple of months.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Long Labor Day Weekend at the Mt. House (Photos)

With Sylvia and Roy, Jenny and Bill, Ann and Garth, Dottie and Bill and Bo and Cate . . .

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crossroads Fundraising Event

Last Saturday night (August 16, 2014) I attended with some close friends a fundraising event at the Cannery Ballroom, hosted by Nashville Veterinary Specialists, benefiting Crossroads Campus (a nonprofit that serves at risk and disadvantaged youth while rescuing abandoned dogs and cats).

Sadly, at the last minute the featured artist, the legendary singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris, was called to the bedside of her seriously ill mother. Fortunately, on hearing that Emmylou was unable to perform, several of Nashville’s finest artists offered to fill in for her, including Buddy Miller, Sam Bush and Trisha Yearwood.

The Eclectic Five with Holly and Barry Tashian were already scheduled to perform with Emmylou. Back in the eighties, Barry was a member of Emmylou’s Hot Band, appearing with her on countless television and radio shows as a vocalist and guitarist, recording 10 albums with her during that time.

But, it was Laura Sullivan (and Friends) who opened the evening’s entertainment. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s performance was both uplifting and energetic.

Taking the stage next was the country-swamp, rock and blues singer-songwriter Lisa Oliver-Gray with Crossroads Campus intern Cortez Rice. They performed a rock–rap cross-genre vocal duet, accompanied by guitarist Adam Fluhrer and Buddy Miller's base player, Todd Parks.

Following their performance, the Eclectic Five sang a series of old standards from the fifties and sixties.

After a brief break, Buddy Miller, Sam Bush and Trisha Yearwood took the stage, performing a number of Emmylou’s songs. To close out her set, Trisha asked her hubby, Garth Brooks to join her on stage to sing "If I Could Only Win Your Love."

For the final set, Buddy Miller’s base player, Todd Parks joined Buddy and Sam for a jammed session that brought down the house.

All and all, the evening was a rousing success, inspiring us with great passion and artistry.

Crossroads Campus is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bring people from all walks of life together to achieve their mission of transforming the lives of people and animals. If you would like to know more about Crossroads or make a donation click here.