October 2008


A recent comment in our local newspaper forum led me to think about the state of our national politics. The writer mentioned the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and similar government employment programs during the reconstructionist/New Deal era. The WPA of the 30’s helped to energize the economy and quash the great depression. Though the writer mentioned how useful programs like that could be in today’s economy, I believe the over-the-top rhetoric of the ‘conservative’ community many have made that impossible. Any endeavor in which public money is used for public service programs is now deemed “Socialist” and, if enough money is proposed, even “Communist.” (more…)

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Just read American Photo 30th anniversary issue, and remembered my subscription is up for my renewal early in 2009. I realized I’ll have been reading this mag for 20 years. I started in 1989 just before they changed their name. American photo has been as inspiring as it is informational.

I also realized that 20 years was enough. I’m not renewing. (more…)

More and more, I’m seeing abortion in the news. It’s not a new issue, to be sure. But, for whatever reason, it’s taken center stage with fact that we’ve been attacked by a terrorist organization, that our sisters and brothers are now dying in an unending war, and our economy has crumbled around us. Why? If I had to guess, I would say the republican party is pushing the issue because they are losing on so many others (ecpscially the economy). And, like the lemmings we are, we go ahead and accept this as a valid issue to ruminate and wring our hands about. Yes, abortion is an important issue. But, it’s mind-bendingly important to a small, vocal group of people. They have led us to believe that we mus exhibit the same amount of moral indignation as they do, or risk being labeled a “baby murderer.” Horrors. It is an excellent marketing campagin. And it is working. 10 years ago, this was a fringe issue; now it’s center-stage. I’ve even found my moral compass being spun a few times when entering these murky waters. (more…)

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