Category Archives: Politics

As Long As It’s Not Someone You Know

“Let’s say it wasn’t my heart. Not me. Just a star you didn’t know.” This quote is from one of my all-time favorite movies, Stardust. (The movie is based on the book of the same name by one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, although the book and movie are quite different.) In it, Yvaine is a star,… Continue Reading

Are CEOs REALLY Worth What They’re Paid?

One of the big debates right now, as we consider wealth inequality, is whether or not it’s really worth it to pay CEOs millions upon millions of dollars to do their jobs. With gap growing between CEO pay and the pay of the average worker (some estimates say it’s now at 354 percent), and with… Continue Reading

Barry Goldwater and the Religious Right

Religion is an important part of America. There’s no denying it. Religion has always been a prominent part of life in America, even though many of the Founding Fathers were quite clear that the United States was not founded as a Christian nation. Spirituality, religiosity, and a belief in a higher power don’t automatically mean that you expect… Continue Reading

I’m Formally Involved with the Utah Democrats

I’ve never been a fan of the two-party system. However, I’ve also come to the conclusion that a one-party system is even worse. And we kind of have that in Utah. A lot of the candidates for local office are uncontested, except in primaries by members of the same party. As a result, I’ve done… Continue Reading

Coming to Grips with My Son’s Common Core Math Lessons

When my son was in first grade, I began noticing that some of his math lessons were different to the math lessons I had growing up. For the next couple of years, this frustrated me. I didn’t always “get” the point of the lessons, and some of the work seemed needlessly complicated. I lashed out… Continue Reading

Food Stamps, a Living Wage, and Consumer Prices

I found this video via Upworthy. It offers a look at how consumer prices might really be impacted if companies like Walmart paid its employees enough that they don’t have to be on food stamps. It’s also worth noting that many of those on food stamps are hard workers; in fact, many of them work 50… Continue Reading

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