I have never considered entering the cut throat arena of politics local or otherwise. I do vote as any other responsible person does. One does have to be well informed of all the choices presented on the ballot beyond those presented by the media via advertising. Voting is our right and our duty as American citizens. If you don’t vote you do not have the right to whine about the outcome.
I am not going to announce my political leanings or stump for candidates here as this is all up to you decide on your own. I do know something has to be done to break down party barriers in congress to get them to work together for the good of the people. We have to support our elected president both in congress and as a people of this country – he is our commander in chief like it or not and he was elected into that position. It is the people who have created division and protests, not the president. Congressional division along party lines has slowed the process of getting bills passed and bringing our country together.
If you disagree with me on these things it is fine. We live in a free country and we are allowed to have an opinion as long as they are well informed and they are not based on herd mentality i.e. how people can be influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors on a largely emotional, rather than rational, basis.
Campaign advertising is mostly geared to pointing out the dirt on adversaries instead of giving us a good view of what each candidate stands for and is willing to do for the people they represent. I am very happy when all the campaign ads go away after an election.
If you want to make changes you have to vote and live with the outcome. If you don’t vote you don’t have the right to whine about the outcome. In recent elections, about 60% of the voting eligible population votes during presidential election years, and about 40% vote during midterm elections.
The proposals for Michigan and explanations can be found on MLive.
Sample ballot info for your district can be found at the Michigan Voter Information Center.
Unlike politics our climate is not a matter of decision it is more of dynamics and flow. We try to make well informed decisions how the flow will affect our country and state using mathematics, computers and satellites. Even with these tools in hand our guesses out even to a week can be a roll of the dice at times.
We have winter weather advisories in northern Wisconsin and the western U.P. . Michigan can expect a wet and windy day today with an unsettled pattern through the rest of the week with chances of snow increasing after midweek. By the end of the week temps will not get out of the 30s as cold air filters in from the north and lake effect snow kicks in perhaps giving us our first accumulations of the season. Models continue to show the really cold air coming in towards the end of the month with temps in the teens and 20s. As I have been saying over the past month I wasn’t sure that forecasts for a warmer, dryer winter would hold true. I guess we will find out as we move through November.
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