Tropical Storm Florence: Rescue Me (Part 1)

Rescue Boat

By Lynda Bryant Work “In times of disaster, basic connectivity is a form of aid that connects people to the resources critical for survival and enables humanitarian organizations to quickly deliver life-saving information.” -Tae Yoo Hurricane Katrina began a movement of civilian rescuers and relief work largely because the government is proving to be mostly ineffective in a disaster. Talking to those Katrina victims, who had no one to rescue them, it is apparent why citizens turned to one another for help – and why many rescue groups have sprung…

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The Speech That Brought Down Richard Nixon

screen capture of C-Span coverage of House Member Barbara Jordan's speech during impeachment proceedings of Richard M. Nixon

by Tony Wyman “My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total.  I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution.” Those words were spoken by the daughter of a Baptist minister and warehouseman, a woman whose mother cleaned the homes of wealthy families in Houston, Texas, the place she was born in 1936, twenty-eight years before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forever ended legally enforceable racial segregation in the United States…

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I Just Propositioned My State Representatives – Feel Free To Do The Same

by Oletta Branstiter Voting Day! November 7, 2017, is a voting day all across our nation. Citizens in a few states will be electing their state representatives, and voters in numerous states will be participating in direct democracy by voting for changes and additions to their state constitutions during this midterm election cycle. Wait, what?  In the words of John Matsusaka, the author of “For the Many or the Few: The Initiative, Public Policy, and American Democracy”,  “Some might wonder how direct democracy squares with the U.S. Constitution guarantee to each…

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BREAKING NEWS: Sutherland Springs Texas Church Shooting – with UPDATES

by Oletta Branstiter November 5, 2017 According to news reports, at approximately 11:30 am today, a yet unidentified gunman entered the tiny First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 30 miles east of San Antonio, and opened fire. UPDATE: According to CBS news, the shooter has been identified as Devin Patrick Kelley.  “Kelley is a former U.S. Air Force member who served from 2010 to 2014. He received a dishonorable discharge and was court martialed in May 2014” – Paul W. Pfeil, a Wilson County, Texas commissioner, says that…

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