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Time and Again: Handling Prosperity

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By Betty Mills

After attending a family funeral in Bowman, we drove east out of New England on Highway 21 where golden fields stretched for what seemed miles, sometimes from down one hill to the top of the next. It was the North Dakota harvest season of my youth with no sign of the prosperity and the tension of the oil patch injecting a chaotic note into an otherwise reassur­ing view.

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Who Do They Represent?

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By Betty Mills

On a list of issues concerned with the lives of women, the American Association of University Women analyzed critical votes by members of the U. S. House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate in the first session (2011) of the 112th Congress. The legislation in­cluded campus safety, education, jobs (women make up 76 % of the teach­ing profession), the paycheck fairness act, reproductive health, and several bills concerned with the budget.

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One More for the Read…

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By Betty Mills

There was a time when you could tell by watching some­one what they were doing when they were reading a book. That’s what they were doing – they were reading a book. Now all the acces­sories may be there – easy chair, foot stool, light shining over the left shoulder, and something in the hands which is be­ing avidly perused.

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Not a Grassroots Movement

Betty Mills

Despite some rude and ugly behavior on the part of some of the Tea Party participants, the notion of a grass roots movement concerned with government was a comforting one. The low voting rate of our citizens has been a black mark on the national report card and here were people willing to stand up and be counted, even be mouthy.

Well, burst that bubble.

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The attack on women continues

By now the red flags should be flying on the horizons of women everywhere who thought the battle for fair treatment was pretty much won. In case the potential of the trouble looming has not registered in their busy lives, let me remind them of the way it once was.

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The perils of dependency corruption

By Betty Mills

Education comes in many forms and when they bump into each other, I feel duty bound to sort things out. Let’s start with a lecture complete with some compel­ling graphs explaining why the changes in our climate which some attribute to global warming is a natural phenom­enon and not the result of anything we human beings have helped to produce.

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Political Valentines: Watching Republicans at Play

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By Betty Mills

Ah, yes, February, the month of those dreaded valentines. Or at least that was my view of that romantic event back in the days of my grade school childhood based on my mother’s insistence that valentines, nice valentines, must be giv­en even to boys you hated.

“He conned me into getting on the teeter totter and then he spit right in my face,” I protested, vintage 4th grade. Continue reading

Purposefully making it harder to vote

By Betty Mills

If I told you the Republican Party as a policy of the party has spent millions of dollars to prevent people from voting, you might be inclined to doubt it. After all, this is the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theo­dore Roosevelt.

Ever hear of the word “caging?” You’re thinking zoo or dog training or maybe canary? There is another much more sinister definition at play in the electoral fields of this country. It is one of the techniques deliberately employed by the Republican Party to prevent cer­tain groups of people from voting, pri­marily people of color, of low income, students, Democrats. Continue reading

The movement will continue

By Betty Mills

To say it was an incredible, un­believable scene is putting it mildly.

There were students at the University of California, Davis, seated on the ground doing nothing more in­timidating than doing nothing, appar­ently staring at the cement beneath them in a protest against the increase of fees at the university. Then a po­liceman showed up with a hose and a yellow cloud of pepper spray was showered on the students, back and forth, back and forth, as though he were watering a flower bed. Continue reading

Read Less, Know More

By Betty Mills

An ad which came in the mail the other day promised in big red letters that it was pos­sible to “READ LESS AND KNOW MORE.”

Carrying that theory to its ultimate conclusion, is it then possible to read nothing at all and be superbly knowl­edgeable?

Such hyperbole struck me as non­sense at first until I remembered that given the effect on public opinion of such talk shows hosts as Rush Lim­baugh, it is also possible to listen more and know less. Continue reading