I’ve been doing some interior house painting at a place on 38th St. here on and off the past couple weeks. The people who own the place are extremely peace and social justice oriented. While many homeowners have things like generic paintings on their walls, these people display things like: a United Farm Workers banner. A couple years ago, we did a tour of California looking at migrant farm worker issues, both past and present. This tour, among other things, inspired me to write a column about the experience. For many of these farm workers, it is a torturous sun-up to sun-down existence, with little pay, poor working conditions, poor housing… I told a reporter in Lodi, California, that our administration would work stridently to change this. Note: Speaking of torture… The NY Times carried a piece yesterday explaining that “water boarding” is a technique where water is poured over a prisoner’s mouth and nose to produce a feeling of suffocation. According to the article, the Justice Department continues to insist water boarding is not torture. This can only beg the question: Are we nuts? It wouldn’t take, say, a Notre Dame ethics professor to figure this one out. C’mmon! Our administration would hold strictly to the Geneva Convention in regard to: not torturing anyone.