I've recently started a conversation with a former student whom I taught when he was a freshman and sophomore in high school. I noticed on his facebook page that he considered himself a conservative so I asked him why he thought of himself as a conservative. I am more happy than words can really express that this 23 year old young man took my question seriously enough to not only answer me, but to also want a conversation between the two of us regarding our political differences.
In his letter to me, he asked why I support Obama. I wanted to share with you part of my response to him.
I don't know if this has been diaried already, and if it has, I'll remove it once someone tells me how.
Anyway, I just got an e-mail from WCPT 850AM concerning the firing of Mike Malloy from AAR. I thought it was pretty decent of the radio station to send out something about it, and I was wondering if any other radio stations had done the same.
More below the fold.
A long time ago, I wrote a letter to my Congressman, Henry Hyde IL-06, to express the disgust I felt over congressional pay increases.
Well, months and months later, I finally got a response, and I thought I would share it with all of you.
I especially feel sorry for the "dual residence" problem that Mr. Hyde points out, especially since I work 60+ hours a week to afford the rent and utilities for my apartment.
More below the fold...
I was searching through the Chicago Tribune online and came across this wonderful article by Jimmy Greenfield titled If Terrorism Doesn't Scare You, Maybe Bush Will
Since I'm not skilled enough to know how to embed the link with one of those nifty orange words, here is the full addy for the article:
If you aren't sure it is something you would like to read, the opening paragraphs are below the fold:
First of all, my apologies if this has already been made into a diary...
I just opened my e-mail this morning and saw that I had one promoting "red Fridays." I opened it up and felt a little funny after reading it. I'm including the text below the fold...
I just heard on the radio that the House, those "wise" men and women who were elected by the American people, have just voted themselves a 2% raise.
Because of this, I just e-mailed Congressman Hyde, and I'm here to share my letter with you.
There has been a lot of chatter lately about The Star-Spangled Banner
and what language it should or shouldn't be sung in. I don't think what language you sing the song in matters as much as the personal sentiment you put into the words as you sing it.
So, listening to all debate got me thinking - maybe it is time to update some of our national songs, and I've got an idea for a new lyric verse for America the Beautiful.
Oh beautiful for voices raised
Opinions in dissent
Defense of our amendment rights
Is energy well spent
Now let your voice be heard
By protest march or ballot cast
Bring true change to government
Just an idea...
A couple of days ago, I wrote to both of my senators concerning their role in the filibuster of Judge Alito. Today, I received a response from Senator Obama's office. Ok, so I know that one of the staff people in his office really wrote the e-mailed response, but at least someone in his office read it, and as this is not the first time I've written to the senator, they probably have a little file with "Laura in Bloomingdale, IL" on it - well, maybe...
Has anyone else heard from any of the senators they have written?
Read Senator Obama's response below the fold.
After reading different threads about the filibuster, I decided to send each of my Senators an e-mail, thanking them for supporting the filibuster against Alito. And, in case anyone is thinking of doing the same, I thought I'd share with you what I wrote.
I just wanted to thank you for standing firm in your resolution to not confirm Judge Alito to the Supreme Court.
Thank you for standing up for women's rights.
Thank you for standing up for the average working American rather than the huge corporations.
Thank you for standing up for a system of checks and balances that have served our country and our government for over 200 years.
You are my voice in Washington, and I am proud to continue to give you my vote.
Laura in Bloomingdale, IL
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