Oil companies just will not stop drilling in the Arctic, or anywhere else for that matter. Shell ships are heading to pristine areas of the Arctic as I write this. They must be stopped. Environmental degradation and green house gas emission for profit must end.
The Republican Party has controlled congress for five months and already they are attacking sex education programs and drastically increasing abstinence-only programs. This is de approach trimental, and must stop.
Studies show that sex education works and astinence-only sex education does not. Studies showing the abstinence-only approach working were done in conservative rural areas where sexual activity is low.
Reducing teen sexual activity is vital, but it must be done according to science. Abstinence-only sex education is a waste of time and money.
The U.S. Supreme Court has just issued a decision upholding subsidies in “Obamacare” by a 6-3 vote. It is nice to see the conservatives isolated for once.
Today is Juneenth, the anniversary (150th this year) of the day slaves in Texas were informed of the fact that they had been freed by the emancipation proclamation. This day essentially celebrates the end of slavery, making it as significant a holiday as the country’s Independence Day. Juneteenth should be recognized as a national holiday. Due respect for African-Americans demands it.
http://ohiodems.ngpvanhost.com/switch-it The need to remove barriers to voting has become urgent in the era of “Citizens United.” The above link is to a petition asking the Ohio Secretary of State to allow online voter registration. This is but s first step and should be the policy in every state in the country.
Others steps are to universally allow voting by mail (as in Oregon) and eliminate the ID requirement for voting unless state pays for it. Having people pay for their own ID functions as a poll tax. No one should have to pay to vote.
Finally, earning a living should not be a barrier to voting. Many people find it difficult to find time to vote on a working day. It is past time for Election Day to be made a holiday on the national, state, county and city holiday as needed. Every citizen should have time to vote.
These steps would begin the process of making this country a true participatory democracy.
This is being written from the basement of my brother and sister-in-law’s house in Northfield, Minnesota, home of Carleton College, where my sister-in-law teaches, and St. Olaf College. This town is such a nice place that I almost hate to go back home to “GOP” ruled Florida.
Minnesota, unlike many other Midwest states, is moving to the left because Minneapolis and St. Paul are increasing in population. It has thus far been spared from the wave of Republican rogue governors ravaging the Midwest and New England. The two senators are both Democrats. One of them, Al Franken, is near the top of the ratings in Progressive Push and still won re-election easily.
In Northfield, which is no doubt influenced by the liberal Carleton faculty, no analog to the civic media center exists, but they have a food co-op and community bank. A bagel restaurant we went to has a peace symbol made of sticks hanging on the wall.
Like Gainesville, Northfield is surrounded by conservative rural areas. One of the graduation parties for my nephew’s class that we went to was held on a farm, with a band playing in a barn. The people were nice, though.
Northfield High School, from which my nephew graduated on Sunday, put on an impressive ceremony. That people in this town value education that much gives me hope for the future.