Ditch Mitch

When America faced “the dust bowl,” our government intervened and restored the plains and promoted conservation practices to prevent a recurrence.

Today, we face a much bigger challenge. Climate change is threatening the world far beyond the impact of our 1930’s dust bowl.

What’s really scary is Mitch McConnell refuses to acknowledge that mankind has any impact on climate change.

We’ll soon be facing a global threat far more disastrous than the dust bowl if we continue to have the likes of Mitch McConnell shape our nation’s energy policy.

Science and facts should govern us

Obama on Ebola- stressing the need to be guided by science and facts. If you think about it, being guided by science and facts is a defining difference between Democrats and tea party Republicans. “This is a serious disease, but we can’t give in to hysteria or fear — because that only makes it harder to get people the accurate information they need. We have to be guided by the science. We have to remember the basic facts.”

Our gerrymandered government

I have long maintained gerrymandering is at the heart of the reason we have an increasingly polarized and dysfunctional government.

Gerrymandering has created a U.S. House of Representatives that doesn’t accurately represent us, by a long shot. Gerrymandering has created State Legislatures that don’t truly reflect the state’s electorate (Ohio a case in point.)

Gerrymandering has been deemed Unconstitutional by The U.S. Supreme Court. Yet it prevails because it has proven difficult to prosecute.

Now a case striking down Virginia’s 3rd District gerrymandered map could have national implications.


Gomer and the toad

From the Senator from “Mayberry:” Sen. Lindsey Graham: “When President Obama pledges not to use ground forces against ISIL, he emboldens the enemy.” If Gomer Pyle and the “toad” John McCain of Arizona had their way bombing and troops on the ground would be the response to every international incident. How fortunate we are to have a President and Commander in Chief who isn’t a cowboy and who takes the time to fully assess the complexities of international affairs, conflicts, and military intervention. You would think that Gomer and the toad would be fully discredited by now. But like Dick Cheney these Neoconservatves keep preaching their failed polices.

Unexpected kindness

With cane in hand, I was beginning to empty my shopping cart (50% dog food) into the back of my Jeep Patriot, when a young man who was parked next to me said, “Can I help you?” I said, “I’m fine but thank you for your offer; you are so kind.”
The teenage boy drove off in his very used mustang convertible. Draw from this what you will. I come away with a positive view of tomorrow.

The tip of the mitt

With late summer in Northern Michigan, we begin to fully appreciate how the cycle of the seasons dances through our lands to offer resources for year-round nourishment and general survival. Native Americans long ago noted the abundance of energy for food and warmth Рthat this region supplies. Today, our connectedness to and dependence on this land continues, and we can dwell in gratitude. 
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