Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Really Good Speech 

I still don't know who I'm voting for in this election, but I had never really considered Obama. I just didn't see any compelling reason why he should be President. But his response to the whole Wright mess has impressed me. Look at the speech he just gave in Philadelphia on the subject of race. He actually seems to understand where both sides are coming from, and does not try to gloss over or re-explain things (e.g. like Kerry did so often four years ago).

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

City Council Election Results 

Dick Dewar beat Sam Erb in the city council elections. I'm happy about this outcome, as I really think he was the best person for the job.

I suspected that Dewar was going to win based on something I noticed about the two candidates' election signs. Erb had more signs out around town, but they were all on roadsides and other public property. All the Dewar signs I saw were in people's yards. Clearly, one had a lot of money to print signs and the other had a lot of popular support. In the end, only votes count.

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Don't Drive for Democracy 

An idea has been rattling around in my head: if Americans really want to stick it to the terrorists, the dictators, the extremist regimes around the world, we need to use less oil. What would happen if, for just one day, as many people as could didn't drive their cars? How much less oil would we use?

I think a Don't Drive for Democracy Day would make people realize that they don't need to use their cars to get everywhere. It would strike fear into the hearts of corrupt regimes that use oil money to intimidate. And it would be good for the environment to boot.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Columbia City Council Race 

Direct mail still works, especially when it gets a little help from the internet.

I received a post card yesterday inviting me to a meeting to support Belinda Gergel, who is running for Columbia City Council District 3. There was a URL listed: www.runbelindarun.com. After reading about her experience and positions on her site, I am intrigued enough to try and go to the meeting next week. I wonder if they allow toddlers?


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