Friday September 14, 2018
Query candidates on where they stand on crucial issues.
When I was young, nature programs on television guided me around the world and often to our national parks to explore the never-ending array of plants and animals. On vacations, my parents took my brother, sister and me to see just a bit of what television had revealed to us. My wife and I did the same for our kids. And so it continued after retirement. This past summer I paused to watch the playful prairie dogs at Little America, Wyo., while recalling all the protected places they populated on national lands.
Today our president proposes selling off parts of our national lands for profitable mineral and fossil fuel extraction. He suggests that shooting grizzly bears would be appropriate for hunters at Yellowstone National Park. The sensitive ears of ocean mammals are fair game for the extreme seismic sounds of oil exploration off most of our beautiful coastlines, including Alaska's Arctic reaches.
The proposed 2019 federal budget calls for cutting spending on Social Security. If Congress gives control of Medicare to the private insurance industry, we could see seniors having to pay excessive premiums because of pre-existing conditions.
All these extreme possible actions relating to our planet, its inhabitants and our entire population make me ask, "What kind of a sick person would even think of doing such dastardly deeds?"
Voters should make sure they ask candidates where they stand on each of the above issues.
Vote as if planet depended on it