2016 August 11
I broke a promise made to Carter, Ford and dozens of others who had an idea long ago that has become Vote Smart. I had promised to bury my politics into the darkest, deepest, never to be heard from corners of my mind, but last month I wrote a letter that angered a lot of people.
It was a piece about how the carpet bombing attack tactics of politicians from both major parties these past two decades had destroyed the people’s trust in our institutions and nurtured such anger they would vote for a volcano just to shake things up.
And now, right here, I am going to break that promise and anger people again. If Vote Smart, which this country needs so desperately, suffers as a result, so be it.
Politicians sell anger and fear, then tell our fellow citizens the other party or candidate is to blame for the horrid state of our society. The media rivets on their most distressing claims or the grizzliest crimes our species is capable of. All the while I just feel so lucky to be me:
1. My life expectancy has increased 17 years since I was born.
2. The chances of my being murdered dropped 50% in the last thirty years.
3. The chances of my being robbed dropped 50% in the last thirty years.
4. The chances of my grandchildren being raped dropped 30% in the last thirty years.
5. I am ten times more likely to die in a traffic accident than ...
2016 August 10
How can the benefits of GMOs be utilized while respecting the consumer’s right to transparency?
2016 August 04
The ideological debate between campus carry supporters and opponents remains contentious, with students rallying around both sides of the argument.
2016 August 01
Some legislators are beginning to act on the task of increasing the minimum wage, while others are actively trying to stop the increases.
2016 July 28
In the past year and a half, several states have passed laws changing the age at which one can legally smoke cigarettes and other tobacco products.
2016 July 22
2016 has seen several state legislators propose changes in the regulation of voting rights for individuals with felonies, and the timeframe for felons to receive the right to vote.
2016 July 20
The legislative year of 2016 has seen a multitude of bills passed that authorizes the use of marijuana in many states.
2016 July 13
The state of American Indian land sovereignty, health, and welfare becomes more and more complex as the demand for American energy independence grows.........
2016 July 05
In 2016, there are five Senators who are retiring: two Republicans and three Democrats. Flocks of candidates have put their bid in for the chance to become their state’s newest junior Senator.