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Election Reform – June 21st – Antonia Lewis

Americas system of electing representatives is the costliest and in many ways one of the least efficient electoral systems in the world. Electoral reform should be one of Congresses highest priorities. http://www.thenation.com/blog/172385/election-reform-should-be-top-priority-new-congress# Advertisements

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Racism by Antonia Lewis Feb 26th

Some questions to consider: What is “race” anyway? Different people mean different things. Compare racism with tribalism. What everyday things can we do to combat racism around us? We can honestly examine our own feelings in an attempt to see … Continue reading

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Charter Schools Feb. 15 by Becky Callison and Gayland Hokanson.

To begin – there are good and bad charter schools – the same goes for public schools. Key factors that drive both are good teachers, manageable class sizes, oversight  from local school boards and parents. There are many dimensions to … Continue reading

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The lack of empathy Jan. 8th Antonia Lewis

“Consider what happens inside us when we view the suffering of others. When we experience physical pain or emotional distress ourselves, a neural circuit becomes activated (anterior cingulate cortex—or ACC–and insula). Neuroscientific research shows this same circuit gets activated when … Continue reading

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Your New Years Resolution to Exercise Jan. 4th Happy New Year!

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to get in better shape. The big question is what is the best exercise program for us. As we get older, some types may not be advisable. We tend to break things and … Continue reading

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Gender Identity Dec. 21 Florence Rigby

Understanding gender identity involves concepts from biology, psychology, anthropology, legal, political and religious issues. All of these aspects are worth discussing. Two major aspects of gender identity can be expressed as a person’s own personal gender identity  Vs. the gender … Continue reading

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Tribalism Dec. 11

The world today is extremely divided. In the Middle East, people associate more with their religion, culture, and tribe more than they do with their nation. Most of the people in Iraq see themselves as Sunni, or Shiite, as Arab, … Continue reading

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