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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Riley Backs Aruba Boycott

Yesterday, Bob Riley used the bully pulpit of the governor's office to call for a nationwide boycott of Aruba. Riley says that the Aruban government is not properly investigating the disappearance of Mountain Brook teen Natalee Holloway. The State House passed a resolution calling for a boycott of the island during the recent special session and legislators' from both chambers plan to take up the issue during the next regular session.

Alabamians have seen one family's tragedy turn into a national tabloid sensation. Now Governor Riley and many in the legislator are ratcheting up the rhetoric surrounding the controversial case.

I can certainly understand why many Alabamians are outraged at what seems to be (at best) an incompetent investigation into the matter, but I am still surprised to see public officials taking such a vocal position. The "Boycott Aruba" movement has largely been spear-headed by the perpetually outraged radio hosts "Russ and Dee".

It is a little disconcerting to see the governor following the lead of local loudmouths, even if he's doing the right thing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prefer seeing a boycott of these stupid class trips where idiot parents send their teenage daughters hundreds of miles away to a tropical island to run around in their underwear with hundreds of red-blooded males and a handful of naive chaperones.

1:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Jeff Vreeland said...

Could not agree with ya more Zac.

9:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're paying too much attention to the "loud mouths." Governor Riley is certainly not following their lead. He's responding to a request from Natalee's family. Can you imagine the outrage if he had refused them?

10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the first comment that the issue here should be rich parents sending their kids off on trips with little-to-no supervision, and turing their back on the activities their kids will engage in on the trip. The reason they went to Aruba is b/c they could legally drink there, and do who knows what else. Also, what if a teenager from Alabama went missing in Texas and was never found. Should we boycott Texas too?? Riley should have stayed out of the boycott issue.

12:32:00 PM  
Blogger The Alabama Moderate said...

There is a susbstantially higher rate of unsolved missing persons cases in the Birmingham area alone. Should we all boycott Birmingham? I mean, it's not like we have cases *Scrushy* where corruption *Scrushy* and incompetence *Scrushy* keeps criminals *Scrushy* out of prison *Scrushy* in Alabama *Scrushy*...

1:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if it was sigleman or moore or hank sanders missing, would we care? of course not, in fact lets organize a swap for natalie. i bet those south american zulus would love siggybritches just like nick used to

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