For the most part, Vermont is a rather peaceful state. I rarely see our state mentioned in the national news. Days tend to go by at a slower pace than in many other states I've visited. There's little hustle and bustle, practically no traffic, and a lower crime rate than many people have to deal with. Sometimes, Vermont manages to make it to the front page of the national news sites. Tuesday was one of those days. Aid In Dying Passed In Vermont Vermont is the fourth state to pass death with ... Continue Reading
Vermont is the fourth state to allow for “death with dignity.”
The food industry wants to remove the term “artificially sweetened” from its jellies/jams in lieu of a less-controversial term.
Big business makes its way into politics in many different ways. A recent example is how the food industry is pushing the FDA to remove the words "artificially sweetened" in jellies and jams. Here is an overview of what exactly this proposition would do to the consumer and the benefits to the jelly and jam industry. Who is proposing these new changes? First things first, who is proposing these new changes to the FDA? A citizen petition submitted by the International Jelly and ... Continue Reading
Learn the outcomes of some of the most controversial and interesting measures to come from the 2012 elections.
You are all probably aware of the results of the 2012 Presidential election results. President Barack Obama will stay in office, Democrats have majority control of the Senate, Republicans retain majority control in the House, and Republicans still have majority seats in the State Governor positions. However, there was much more to this election than election of governmental officials. Each state had a series of State Ballot Measures on which citizens voted. There was also a 3rd party ... Continue Reading
Gary Johnson will be listed on the ballot in the majority of states. Why not Oklahoma?
We have talked about the fact that not everyone in our nation prescribes to one particular political party. In fact, a third of the citizens in the US are registered as Independent or in another party aside from Democrat or Republican. However, when the presidential elections come around every four years we typically only see debates for the two candidates from the major parties. And sometimes those are the only two we see on the state ballot. Many of us assume that the presidential ballot is ... Continue Reading
Are school lunches healthy? And what can you do about it?
Education and educational spending is always a hot button issue in political campaigns. However, one area that seems to take a back seat is the school’s lunch program. Many students’ lunches are subsidized by the federal government due to families meeting certain income guidelines. The program is designed to allow children of low-income families the opportunity to eat at school on the free and reduced lunches program. It also now extends to breakfast for most schools. The issue that has ... Continue Reading
Frequently traveling across state borders and between cities means taking many political factors into account.
Many people view my family as a little unconventional. When my husband or I are asked where we work, we can both happily reply, “at home.” Likewise, when asked where our children go to school, we give the same response. As you can see our home is a little busy. We have two adults working full-time jobs while schooling our children, all from home. As if that isn’t enough to turn heads, we also chose to embrace the world (or at least the contingent United States) for all it has to offer. ... Continue Reading
Would you vote for someone who kissed your baby – and where did this tradition begin?
I recently saw a photo of President Barack Obama kissing an infant on his political campaign. The image was not all that impressive. In fact it was very standard. The president held a small infant high in the air to his face and gave it a nice smootch on the forehead. The President then smiled and handed the baby back to his mother. The more I thought about the idea of politicians kissing babies, the stranger the notion became. Are we all really gullible enough to have our vote swayed by this ... Continue Reading
Supporting a woman’s right to an assisted home birth, regardless of your political and religious beliefs.
Women's health issues are always on the forefront of political campaigning towards women. Whether you are Pro-choice or Pro-Life supporters, women's health always makes its way into campaign promises. However, there is one glaring area of women's rights that is slowly being stripped from our society without much of an outcry from neither Pro-Choice or Pro-Life supporters: Home Birth Rights. Pro-choice and Pro-life movements tend to focus on a women's rights to birth control and abortions. ... Continue Reading
Political agenda is expected to some extent in the news and media, but what about children’s books?
We talked about the importance of getting your child involved in politics, but is there a line that shouldn’t be crossed when talking with kids about political matters? It seems that most of you felt that it was important to involve your children with political gestures such as voting. However, many of you didn’t feel that talking in-depth about certain political views or issues was appropriate until an older age. Political agenda is expected to some extent in the news and media, but what ... Continue Reading
A few simple ways to keep your children involved in the political process.
Whether you realize it or not, your actions now can determine your child’s political motivations and participation in the future. There are a number of things you can do to foster an interest in the political world with your children now that will serve them well when they reach adulthood and tackle these issues on their own. Here are just a few ways to keep your children involved in the political process. Take Your Child To The Booth We lead by example and what better way to show the ... Continue Reading