Archive for December, 2016

Santa challenges Trump on climate change

Monday, December 19th, 2016

“… in my opinion, ‘climate change’ is on par with childhood faith in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy.” — Cal Thomas, Rome News-Tribune, December 20, 2015

In an unprecedented news release from the North Pole, Santa Claus has weighed in on the irresponsibility of climate change denial by influential leaders in the United States. (more…)

De-industrialized, out of work, on our own

Monday, December 12th, 2016

“Unemployment is corrosive … If we want to remain a leading economy, we change on our own, or change will continue to be forced upon us.”

Andy Grove, late founder, CEO of Intel

A middle class income is required to support middle class values and stable families. Low wages make a bad joke of the dignity and rewards of work. Poor communities are expensive to operate; communities with extreme inequality fall behind. If we are to avoid Andy Grove’s prognosis, it is time for local government to step up to equal partnership with private interests. (more…)

What to do about the collateral damage

Monday, December 5th, 2016

gary batchelorI am a registered Democrat. I live in Floyd County, Georgia. I have a lot of experience being on the losing side of elections. And yet I number with those who were devastated by the results of the presidential election. On the Wednesday after, I could not focus; I could not comprehend. I was discouraged in a way that I have never been after an election. I have yet to completely move beyond that discouragement.

One of the ways I try to cope is to remind myself that, had Hillary won, many who are reading this now would have felt anxiety and revulsion similar to mine. (more…)

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