Politics & Voting

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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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Vote for change baby!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Get ready for some incredible cold!!!!!!!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)
INDY
INDY

I have been telling everyone! Love it INDY!

Mark(East Lansing)
Mark(East Lansing)

Spot on, brother

INDY
INDY

After today what leafs we have on our trees will be gone Winter is closing in on us fast loving the colder temps coming let’s get the lk effect snow machine going! Have a great Sunday funday bloggers get some wood cutt!! INDYDOG14!!

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

I will be glad when the political phone calls stop.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

I’m getting political text messages too.

*SS*
*SS*

The commercials too… UGH!!!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

With all the thing things we vote on, why can’t we vote on getting rid of this stupid time change? No one wants it, it makes no sense, but yet we continue to have it. Some states have gotten rid of it, but we seem to be stuck in the dark ages.

Slim

Does anybody really know what time it is?
Slim

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

I agree 100%. We need to get rid of it. There has been talk of it but nothing happens.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Everyone in Congress dislikes it, yet they won’t do anything about it. THAT is how ineffective our Congress is.

Slim

Looking out the window the leaves are still falling at a steady clip here in my area. Some of the trees are bare but there are still a lot of leaves yet to fall on some of the trees. It should be noted that there are a lot of Oak trees in my area and they tend to drop their leaves late. But there are several types of Maples that also have many leaves on them and I have a Red Norway Maple in the front yard that just does not want to give up it leaves. In many years… Read more »

Slim

I try not to get into politics (unless one asks) but I will say that the ads that we are subject to every election cycle is way out of control. To me the ads are geared toward the lowest education level. Way too much finger pointing and promises made that even the people running know they can not make. Way back when I was in school I had a American Government teacher that said that members of the two top parties had the best interest of the United States in their hearts but just had different ideas as to how… Read more »

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

I am thankful you don’t allow politics here. Too much of that everywhere else.🤗