Category Archives: Issues

Social issues. Legal issues. Society issues.

It’s About Time

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Someone please explain to me- in small words- why Daylight Saving Time is still a thing in 2019 (and yes, it’s Daylight Saving-  NOT Savings). First off, a little history.    Daylight Saving time was first implemented here in the US during World War I to conserve energy and was modeled after what many European countries were also doing at… Read more »

World Mental Health Day

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Today is World Mental Health Day. This is a day near and dear to my heart.  I have struggled with my own mental health most of my life.   I was formally diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety in my late 20s.  I’ve been on medication ever since.  I have tried to quit medication,  under medical supervision, twice.  Both times my… Read more »

World Suicide Prevention Day

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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.  It’s not a funny day, but it’s an important one. In spite of all the gains we’ve made in mental health awareness there are many myths about suicide and the suicidal person.  The one that makes me the most mad is “People who say they are suicidal really aren’t- they just want attention”.   Now… Read more »

It’s OK to Change Your Mind

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No really- it is. I am sick of reporters, social media memes, etc. rejoicing over finding something a politician or other public figure said in 1985 and holding it against them if they feel differently today.  There is nothing wrong with changing your mind as you mature, or at new facts become available.  In fact, I would argue that if… Read more »

No Excuses

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Our local embarrassment, Congressman Steve King of Iowa’s 4th District, was at it again this week.  Apparently admitting he’s a white nationalist, being openly mysogynistic, and just being all over ignorant wasn’t enough.  Apparently being so generally repulsive that his own party has barred him from serving on any committees or positions of leadership wasn’t enough. Nope.  This past week,… Read more »

Thank You Good People!

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For years I’ve seen people announce – with various degrees of fanfare – that they are leaving social media.  I HATE it when someone makes a huge deal out of leaving- it really smacks of baiting – i.e. putting something up for the sore purpose of seeing how many people will reply and cheer you up.  It reeks of narcissism… Read more »

If Not Now, When?

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At the time I’m writing this there have been 2 mass shootings in the US in the past 48 hours.  I pray there isn’t another by the time this goes live. While I do believe prayer is powerful and can move mountains, anyone with an IQ higher than their show size should have figured out by now that thoughts and… Read more »

Let’s Concentrate

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Much has been made lately of the conditions of the migrant camps at the southern border, and for good reason. The conditions there are, quite frankly, horrendous.  There has been all kinds of name calling and finger-pointing about this, as seems to be the case with any political issue these days.  I decided to spend some time actually looking into what is and isn’t true about these camps… Read more »