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we've known better for a very long time

We’ve Known Better For a Very Long Time

If you’ve never fallen down a flight of stairs, it’s an experience like no other. Unsettling is too small a word but I’m still all cattywampus so unsettling will have to do. Why am I bringing this up? Well, for one, I fell down a flight of stairs last night so it’s still fresh in my memory and two, it seems the entire nation has fallen down a couple flights of stairs this year alone and I thought I should say something about it. About Covid, I have already said all I think I have to say thus far. About the murder of George Floyd: we’ve known better for a very long time and it seems we are just now about to do a little bit better about it. Read more

Civics 101 part 2

Civics 101 Podcast Part 2

Pivot is a great word taken over by business types and made cringeworthy. They did the same to silo. But NPR’s excellent podcast, Civics 101, has created a part 2 and pivoted toward classroom education. And since it’s NPR, they’ve done a bang-up job of it. Read more

news apps

News Apps

Someone needs to come over to my house and remove all the news apps from my phone. I am just scaring myself with them. No one has scarier maps than The New York Times. All that red pulsing out from city centers and swallowing the rest of America. 

There’s no good news right now but I keep checking to see how bad it’s gotten. Am I helping or hurting myself? I think if I check too often or spend too much time it can be harmful. That being said, this is no time to wallow in ignorant bliss.  Read more

child care

The Child Care Challenge

According to a Pew Research Center report, “Child care is a major concern for parents with children who are not yet school age. A majority of parents with one or more children younger than 6 say it’s hard to find high-quality, affordable child care in their community.” This concern traversed all socio-economic, race and gender delineations. Single parents and low-income parents, who are sometimes one and the same, had even higher levels of concern and frustration regarding affordable, high-quality child care for children under the age of 6. Read more

The Argument Podcast

The other side is dangerously wrong. They think you are too. But for democracy to work, we need to hear each other out. Each week New York Times Opinion columnists David Leonhardt, Michelle Goldberg and Ross Douthat explain the arguments from across the political spectrum. Their candid debates help you form your own opinion of the latest news, and learn how the other half thinks. Find the best ways to persuade in the modern search for common ground.

(text from The Argument’s webpage)

The Supremes' Greatest Hits

The Supremes’ Greatest Hits

I bought a copy of The Supremes’ Greatest Hits at the Supreme Court gift shop last summer. Yes, there is a gift shop and yes, it is as delightfully dorky as it sounds. I sat in the actual Courtroom, where the long, high bench resides, along with the 9 tall chairs sitting behind it. I honestly couldn’t believe they just let people line up then walk in there, sit down and listen to a little history lesson given by a very nice man in a very funny jacket. But they did. You can’t get near The White House and yet, possibly the most important building in these entire United States, sits open all day long, welcoming anyone who wants to have a look around. I love America. We make inaccessible places that don’t really matter and leave open places any lunatic would happily burn to the ground. Read more

The Honorable Richard E Neal

The Honorable Richard E Neal

We are breaking with our custom of featuring female talent crushes because this guy just asked the IRS to cough up Trump’s tax returns. Onward Honorable Politician I had never heard of until last week!

We have included a link to the letter, just in case you wanted to read what the legal version of “no matter how long it takes, we will get the truth out of you even if it’s the last thing we ever do” looks like.

Sen Martha McSally

Sen Martha McSally

Sen Martha McSally (R-AZ) need never have said a word about the sexual assault. But some people show up for their compatriots above and beyond the call of duty. Here is a link to her comments, it’s only 2 minutes, please watch.

Gov. Janet Mills

Gov Janet Mills

Gov Janet Mills signed Executive Order 1 on her second day as Governor of Maine, making 70,000 more Mainers eligible for health insurance. The former governor, Paul LePage, refused to expand Medicaid coverage even though the population of Maine voted to expand it during his tenure. Read more

Work Like a Woman Reading Challenge

Work Like a Woman

Work Like a Woman, by Mary Portas is part autobiography, part political commentary and part, as she says, a manifesto for change. Read more