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Hooper: Redlands Christian group steps in to help migrant workers

Published Nov. 23, 2014

Redlands Christian Migrant Association executive director Barbara Mainster tells the story of a young migrant girl who had only one wish: She wanted her father to come home and take her to the convenience story for Cheetos and a soda.

But her father isn't coming home. Deported for driving without a license, he's one of the many undocumented immigrants separated from his family. RCMA welcomed President Barack Obama's decision last week by launching an immigration assistance program to help migrant workers with the new rules and help them avoid scam artists.

Empathy and love guide RCMA officials, and in the immigration debate, some don't put enough value on those oh-so-important factors. …

State GOP leaders boasted of having a mandate after the November elections, but what about the mandate issued by the 3.3 million people who voted to legalize medical marijuana? …

Seen on a bumper sticker: U.S. Marine Corps — Toys for Tots. …

Look for TopGolf, the high-tech driving range/entertainment venue to open Dec. 18 in Brandon and immediately become a destination not just for Tampa Bay, but for everyone from Sarasota to Orlando to Ocala. Yes, it's that impressive. …

The USF Institute on Black Life will lead a panel discussion on Ebola at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Grace Allen Room at the USF Library. It's a chance to arm yourself with information, not fear. …

Far be it for me to tell Payne's Environmental how to do business — and its tree service operation appears to be doing well — but after sampling its "smoked pecan" pie at the recent Pig Jig, I think a piemaking side business would be so much sweeter.

That's all I'm saying.