Category Archives: Issues

Social issues. Legal issues. Society issues.

#TeamPete

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One of the best things about living in Iowa is the access we have to Presidential candidates.  Our First in the Nation caucuses make ours an important state in the selection of nominees.  In years past I have gone to countless “town hall” meetings and met many candidates.  And I mean candidates from both parties- as I’ve said many times… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »