Updates on Issues Previously Raised

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We have commented on a number of issues in the past which we can now update. First, we noted in “Hillary and Helen: Women ‘Deleted’ by the Texas Board of Education,” posted on September 21, 2018, that the Texas Board of Education had voted preliminarily in September 2018 to delete several significant figures from the […]

Hillary and Helen: Women “Deleted” by the Texas Board of Education

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When a conservative Christian advocacy group cheers a decision, it is almost certain that progressives will shudder. This is the case with Texas Values, whose members are applauding “the majority of the [Texas] State Board of Education for doing the right thing” – by voting on September 14 to remove some historical figures, including Hillary […]

Gun Laws in Vermont: Actions Taken in the 2018 Legislative Session

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Rural Vermont with a culture of hunting, although generally left-leaning politically, has not been in the forefront of gun control legislation or other progressive measures on the gun issue. When he ran for President in 2016, Independent Senator Bernie Sanders came under great scrutiny from Hillary Clinton and others on the left for his stances […]

Positive Fallout: A Flurry of Women Interested in Running for Office

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One major result of the election win of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s loss is the widespread activism that has erupted all over the country. Millions of Americans are marching, demonstrating and attending their elected representatives’ Town Hall meetings to “resist” – to make it known in no uncertain terms that the regressive, misogynist, anti-democratic […]

Adopting a New President

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I had a wild thought: I’d like to adopt for myself a new President! There are quite a few to choose from now: Justin Trudeau in Canada; Emmanuel Macron in France; certainly Angela Merkel in Germany; Gudni Johannesson of Iceland; or Nicola Sturgeon of Scotland. There are probably others we can think of. I am […]

Helping Small Businesses Succeed: Initiatives from the Left

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November 26, 2016, has been designated “Small Business Saturday.” This is a good time, then, to contemplate an area where both conservatives and liberals/progressives can probably agree: small business is extremely important to the US economy. How to support small business, however, is often a sticking point. While conservatives might argue that the “government needs […]

Voting, Here and There

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Now that we’ve voted… Or at least some of us have voted. Many Americans, once again, stayed home; the latest statistics reveal that only about 52% of eligible voters exercised their right.  (That’s the lowest turnout in two decades – very sad…) Many Americans may have felt intimidated because of the many attempts at voter […]

What’s next?

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What a stunning election result! I guess we will need to wait and see what a Donald Trump presidency will look like, especially if he is backed up by a Republican Congress, but as a person of faith and supporter of Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, I will attempt to remain positive, hopeful, and helpful. […]

Fear, Toxicity and Truth-Telling: Three Short Reports from the Christian Century

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The Christian Century is not only for Christians – or even only for those who consider themselves religious. This biweekly magazine, which was established in 1884, deals very professionally and intelligently with a wide range of timely issues, including political and social justice topics. In their summary section entitled “Century Marks,” the journal summarizes recent […]