Harrisburg One Hundred Day Rally

Last night, the annual Correspondence Dinner was held in DC. I’ve always enjoyed watching this event because humor is not only a big part of my life but I’ve always judged people by their give and take.
Of course, Donald wasn’t there. Had he been there, he would have been subject to some “humor” that he might not have appreciated.
Instead, Donald had a 100 Day Rally in Harrisburg, PA where once again a throng of followers adorned him with adulation. I’m sure it was the greatest …

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Election? What Election?

Republican Governor John Kasich has refused to schedule a debate with Democratic challenger Ed Fitzgerald. For the first time in nearly three decades, Ohioans will not see a debate between gubernatorial candidates.

Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, and Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel are also refusing to appear at debates with their Democratic challengers, events which were to be scheduled at the City Club of Cleveland.

Here in Wayne County last week, the League of Women Voters abruptly cancelled their traditional Candidates …

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“Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor…”

…and I’ll throw them into a detention camp.

Last weekend I was able to participate in a discussion with Brian Hoffman, an immigration lawyer from the Columbus area who has been working with recent immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Most of Brian’s clients are women and children who, through great hardship and at great expense, arrived at the U.S. border and willingly surrendered themselves to the authorities.

Most of these refugees are fleeing unspeakable violence, both domestic and gang-related. The two are closely intertwined. The …

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Time For Civil, Political and Progressive Discussion in Wayne County

Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance. 

— Abigail Adams – letter to John Adams (27 November 1775)

A recent article in the New York Times reports record-low voter turnout in statewide primaries so far this year.  Worse, voter participation has been steadily declining over four decades. And worse yet, Democrats are voting less often than Republicans. How are these trends playing out in Wayne County, Ohio?  Let’s consider, for example, the rate of participation in this most recent primary.  According to the …

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Renacci Trashes Obamacare: Wrong Again!

Last week U.S. Representative Jim Renacci treated his constituents to a “report” on the effects of implementing the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) in Ohio. Republican Renacci, as we know, opposed the ACA from the start, and has voted repeatedly to repeal it – without, however, offering any viable alternative for the uninsured. He now asks us to believe that he has conducted a fair and objective review of the ACA in Ohio, and found – surprise, surprise! – that the effects of the new law …

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The New Jingoism, Part 2

jin·go·ism

noun \ˈjiŋ-(ˌ)gō-ˌi-zəm\

the feelings and beliefs of people who think that their country is always right and who are in favor of aggressive acts against other countries; extreme chauvinism or nationalism marked especially by a belligerent foreign policy

[Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary]

 

The “New Jingoists” insist that we have only two options: “manly” war, or “sissy” cowardice. The possibility of a third way is simply dismissed.

Reasonable people of good will may disagree about whether, or when, we should resort to military action. And yet, even those …

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The New Jingoism

jin·go·ism

noun \ˈjiŋ-(ˌ)gō-ˌi-zəm\

the feelings and beliefs of people who think that their country is always right and who are in favor of aggressive acts against other countries; extreme chauvinism or nationalism marked especially by a belligerent foreign policy

[Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary]

In the face of naked aggression by Vladimir Putin against Ukraine, the frightening rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and the endless cycle of violence and half-hearted “ceasefires” in Israel and Gaza, the usual contingent of American hawks is beating the war drums …

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For a Fair Minimum Wage

In March of 2013, the Fair Minimum Wage Act was introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. Since then, Republicans have been fighting tooth and nail to keep it from coming to the floor of either chamber for an up-or-down vote. Why might that be? Especially when recent polls show that about 70% of Americans support the bill?

The FMWA would increase the federal minimum wage for employees to: (1) $8.20 an hour on the first day of the third month after its …

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Michael Brown: One Month Later

A month after the tragic shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, we Americans find ourselves asking troubling questions about racism in law enforcement and the increasing militarization of local police departments.

In the weeks following the shooting, concerned citizens organized demonstrations not only in Ferguson but in many cities around the country, including Washington, D.C., Oakland, California, St. Louis, Missouri, and New York City.

Protests and vigils have occurred in many smaller communities as well. People from all walks of life, from many faith traditions, of …

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Managing Mobility: Public Transportation for Wayne County

Last Friday the Daily Record reported results of a recent survey on public transportation needs in Wayne County. About 80% of residents surveyed feel that we need more public transportation services.

What kinds of community needs are served by public transport? According to this study:

Out of the people who took the survey, 78.85 percent of residents used transportation assistance in Wayne County for medical reasons; 36.54 percent needed transportation assistance to get to work. More than 57 percent of responders typically used transportation services or assistance …

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