Author: LindaLee

What Are We Leaving Our Kids?

This is a serious question. What are we leaving our children and grandchildren? (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. My youngest son is 37 and has a 13-month-old daughter. We were sitting on the porch last night talking and I said I had to go write my Midday Matinee. I asked him for advice. His response was the title of this post. What are we leaving our kids? Are we leaving them a natural world that has areas of unspoiled beauty and untamed wilderness?...

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Health Care…Again…Still

The Graham-Cassidy bill is the latest Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a bill that will kick millions off their health insurance plans. Time to hit the phones! (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. If, in a burst of optimism, you thought that the pressure against the last repeal and replace scheme was successful, think again. Senate Republicans are now pushing the Graham-Cassidy bill: Heading in the other direction were several Republican senators, led by Lindsey Graham of...

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Constitutional Literacy

Americans are officially constitionally illiterate. Constitution Day is officially September 17, 2017. It will be celebrated on September 18. What follows are some bleak statistics. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Americans are woefully uninformed about their constitution. Let some of these findings from the annual Constitution Day survey of what we know and don’t know sink in. The Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania survey found that more than one-third of Americans can’t name a single right enshrined in the...

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It’s a Zoo!

The tone of rudeness and conflict present in D.C. is apparently trickling down. Lines are being drawn and names called even at our local zoo. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. I figure it has to be pretty bad for the zoo to fire a senior citizen volunteer. Hunter “Bill” Way was dismissed from his position recently at the zoo in Apple Valley, where he had volunteered every Wednesday for the past seven years. He said it was an unfair termination after an argument...

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Midday Matinee – Racism and the GOP

Most Democrats have speculated and wondered about how the GOP is appealing to the racist beliefs of their voters. New research confirms an appeal to whiteness as central to their message. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Minnpost’s Eric Black has a column up titled, “On Trump and his support among voters with a heightened sense of white identity.” If you had even a whisper of doubt that Trump played to his base and their endangered sense of whiteness, this is jaw dropping. Past...

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