Saturday, June 30, 2012

WHY DID JUSTICE ROBERTS MAKE HIS DECISION?


       Today, I finally had time to read about Justice Roberts' decision to
not rule against the "Obama's Health Care Law." There are many opinions
online as to why this so called conservative Supreme Court Justice acted in
accordance with the Liberal view point. I wanted to read about his
background before I could offer my humble opinion.
      I read about  Robert's brilliance and his ability to surpass other students
at Harvard Law School. Also, I read the accolades from his former
teachers and contemporaries. I read the opinions of Harvard Law professors
on his ruling. They were favorable, as you can read the link to them.
http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/2012/06/28_faculty-react-to-health-care-ruling.html
Some say he has had the ability to see both sides of issues and can argue
either side. That is how I attempted to teach my students, to know both sides
of important issues and argue either one. Sometimes, it was difficult for them.
     Justice Roberts has had a respect for institutions, like Harvard, the Catholic
Church, and the Supreme Court. It has been said that his early thirst
for knowledge was rooted in his Catholic education. Early, he attended
his parish elementary school and later he was privileged to attend a
a Catholic prep high school, where he studied Latin for four years.
You can read this from "The New York Times" when he was first appointed:
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/21/politics/21nominee.html?pagewanted=2&ref=johngjrroberts
     I believe that with my reading of a few sources,  it is hard to classify
Roberts as a conservative,  as we might define conservatives  today.
I think his decision to rule as he did this week was "rooted" in his personal
history.  Because, he is extremely smart and was able
to use his intelligence and knowledge of law to analyze the question of The
Health Care Law in depth, he  could see the questions of the law from
both sides. But, he had to finally choose only one side and  he had to make
what he knew was the correct decision.
    In addition to this excellent achievement in law and knowledge to interpret it,
it was probably his early education with the Catholic teachings of Latin and
Social Justice that he drew from.  Because of this valuable education,
he understands what it means to believe in the common good for society.
     In summary, when the chips were down, his moral background along with his
intelligence and knowledge of the law provided him with the courage to do
what he believed was the right thing.
     

   

 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Yea, La Tolteca e-Zine Published My Essay

I went to a one day Memoir workshop a few years ago. Ana Castillo is the writer
who hosted it. I had heard her speak at University of Houston in Victoria months
earlier and was impressed with her writing style. This past year, Ana began publishing
her La Tolteca e-Zine. She invited her students who had attended her workshops
to submit their work. I submitted one of my essays on my teaching experience
at the state prison. Imagine my surprise, when La Tolteca arrived in my email today
and there was my story,
"My  Captured  Audience,  Teaching College Credit Sociology in a Prison".- Janine Stubbs.

Ana has been an inspiration to me and I invite you to read my story in her e-Zine
publication. I feel honored to be part of this attractive publication. It's free. So, that
is an added bonus. There is also a memoriam to Carlos Fuentes, who passed last month.
I love his books. Check out Ana's books, especially if you are interested in Hispanic
culture and the Southwest. Have a good read today.
Click on :

http://issuu.com/latolteca/docs/la_tolteca_summer_solstice_2012



A Few of Ana's Books:

Novel of the Mexican Revolution
The Guardians: A Novel
So Far From God: A Novel