Letters

Letter to Senator Krysten Sinema

Photo of a letter to Senator Krysten Sinema on a bamboo desktop with bright blue overlay;

Dear Senator Kyrsten Sinema, I am very disheartened to see that you have been unwilling — thus far — to do all that is necessary to pass voting rights legislation. The ‘Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act’ represents our best, immediate hope to affirm and protect electoral democracy in America. For those of us

Untying Our Knots

With Thanksgiving upon us, I have been thinking back to my earliest memories of family gatherings. Around my grandparent’s dining room table, as what was left of dinner was slowly replaced with coffee cups, the conversation always turned to the politics of the day. The conversations would get intense and the rhetoric sometimes heated, but

The First Presidential Debate: A Mess of Our Own Making

Ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake, what we saw on the debate stage last week is a direct reflection of the American political conversation that we have created. It did not happen overnight, or even over the last 4 years. We have let two parties boil down the views of millions of voters into two

Myths of the finite pie

Pie with stars crust, half color and half black, white

There is no conservative America and liberal America. This is just a concept perpetuated by political parties to scare people into action. It’s peddled by candidates trying to secure votes and by pundits profiting from conflict. We certainly have our differences and that makes for convenient ammunition as we fight over shares of the pie.

Commonality in disagreement

snarling foxes lunging at each other

Among the many pressures of modern life, people seem pretty darn upset about politics. Mention things considered innocuous just a few years ago — red hats, polar bears, the Justice Department — and you’re bound to hear grunts or grinding teeth no matter who you talk to. Some of the most anxiety-producing issues, however, are