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By: Barb Belknap on November 13, 2012 - 2:54pm - Add new comment

   Here are the comments that have shown up under the November 12, 2012 My Turn I wrote about paycheck fairness.They post under the cloak of anonymity, but I think it's important to share what they think of the issue of equal pay. I wish I could bring Lilly Ledbetter to town to talk about The Lily Ledbetter Act and her book "Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond". (http://www.lillyledbetter.com)

By: Barb Belknap on November 9, 2012 - 4:19pm - Add new comment

   Well, it's been three days since the election and President Obama won. Some Republicans are doing some soul-searching. Others are saying the political equivalent of "The dog ate my homework." But the election was too close for either side to be smug.

By: Barb Belknap on November 4, 2012 - 3:38pm - Add new comment

   Today’s (November 4, 2012) Juneau Empire has a helpful straightforward comparison of where President Obama and Mitt Romney stand on sixteen of the pressing issues of our time. I hope every undecided voter reads it and makes up their mind based on these two men’s positions. This election is not the time (if there ever is one) for making a decision based on one single issue. Voters need to look at the totality of the candidates’ governing philosophy and character.

By: Barb Belknap on October 31, 2012 - 10:02pm - Add new comment

   We can help our fellow Americans on the east coast by donating to the Red Cross at www.redcross.org. They've got it all set up to take our donations specifically for the victims of the monster storm with the cuddly name "Sandy".

By: Barb Belknap on October 29, 2012 - 5:40pm - Add new comment

I published a blog about Canada's relationship to the United States based on a poem that was written about the presidential debates. I thought the author lived in Canada, but she doesn't. Rather than try to unravel the blog, I have taken it down. Lesson learned: double and triple check the facts!

By: Barb Belknap on October 23, 2012 - 11:10am - Add new comment

 “Choose Restraint”

   On October 14, 2012, Governor Parnell had an opinion piece in the Juneau Empire titled, “From Rampant to Rare – Domestic Violence in Alaska”, to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. He focused on his signature social issue of reducing violence against women.

By: Barb Belknap on October 16, 2012 - 2:50pm - Add new comment

   The Fall/Winter 2012 Syracuse Cultural Workers catalog turned up in our mailbox with its L.L. Bean and Soft Surroundings brethren the other day. Of the three, it's the only one that proclaims itself "Earth & Union Friendly". The SCW catalog is an unapologetic treasure trove of lefty, feminist, and power to the people posters, calendars, cards, bookmarks, and books.

By: Barb Belknap on October 12, 2012 - 2:09pm - Add new comment

   Imagine sitting down for a lovely dinner with friends and plunging right into the presidential elections. "No politics at the dinner table!" That's excellent advice unless everyone shares the same ideology, in which case it’s fun. Endorphins rise. Everyone is animated. They interrupt and talk over each other. They belong to the same tribe.

By: Barb Belknap on October 5, 2012 - 3:01pm - Add new comment

  Juneau has its Super Voters who never miss an election. We have the “I’m too busy” voters, the “What election?” voters, the “My vote doesn’t matter” voters, and, I guess, as much as it pains me to say so, there are the “I don’t care” voters.

By: Barb Belknap on September 28, 2012 - 4:52pm - Add new comment

   This month, I’ve been out at the University registering voters once or twice a week for the Juneau League of Women Voters Registration Drive. We do this in pairs, and we’re there for two hours over lunch time. There’s lots of time to talk.

   Anne Fuller was my registration partner on September 25th. Anne is a Storyteller and Gatherer of Stories. I told her I was doing this blog and felt a responsibility to do it in a community building, yet interesting, way. At one point, Anne said, “The question is why do we tell the stories we tell?”

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