Posts by Alexis Chapman

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A few days ago our country observed Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for military personnel who gave their lives in service of our country, and in November we’ll have Veterans Day in honor of all who have served in our ...
Our Veterans deserve better

The VA is still Very Awful

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A few days ago our country observed Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for military personnel who gave their lives in service of our country, and in November we’ll have Veterans Day in honor of all who have served in our armed forces. These days are important, our veterans deserve recognition, and every day they [&hellip
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This week in the category of necessary but probably hopeless legislation we have H.R. 5221. The “Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act of 2016” would require police departments around the country to use ...
There is legislation right now that could reduce deadly police encounters.

The Escalating Need For De-escalation

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This week in the category of necessary but probably hopeless legislation we have H.R. 5221. The “Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act of 2016” would require police departments around the country to use de-escalation training and techniques in order to continue to receive certain federal grant money. The bill is base
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On May 10 New York legislators introduced a bill to legalize medical aid-in-dying. Similar legislation is being considered in other states and earlier this year California became the fifth state to legalize the practice, ...
This could be the year that finally starts to change

Too Few States Allow Medical Aid In Dying

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On May 10 New York legislators introduced a bill to legalize medical aid-in-dying. Similar legislation is being considered in other states and earlier this year California became the fifth state to legalize the practice, which allows doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients if certain specific criteria are met. T
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The Panama Papers went live on Monday May 9. So if you’re looking for something fun to do you can now search through the massive data leak and find out specifically who has been avoiding paying their fair share of taxes. ...
The only question is how to kill them

The Panama Papers are Live, Tax Havens Should Be Dead

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The Panama Papers went live on Monday May 9. So if you’re looking for something fun to do you can now search through the massive data leak and find out specifically who has been avoiding paying their fair share of taxes. There have been some surprises in the data (Jackie Chan?) and some non-surprises (Vladimir [&hellip
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On Friday, May 6, North Korea will begin a Workers’ Party congress, a series of forums, meetings, and celebrations of the country’s communist party. It’s the first Workers’ Party congress in 36 years and Pyongyang, ...
The upcoming celebration may bring more bad news

Things In North Korea are Not Looking Up

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On Friday, May 6, North Korea will begin a Workers’ Party congress, a series of forums, meetings, and celebrations of the country’s communist party. It’s the first Workers’ Party congress in 36 years and Pyongyang, the capital, is pulling out all the stops. The city has been cleaned up and decorated with banners bearing festive [&
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This November Californians and Ohioans will have the chance to make prescription drugs cheaper. Both states will have initiatives on their ballots (The California Drug Price Relief Act and the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act) ...
California and Ohio are leading the charge

The War on Drug Prices

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This November Californians and Ohioans will have the chance to make prescription drugs cheaper. Both states will have initiatives on their ballots (The California Drug Price Relief Act and the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act) that would mandate that the states couldn’t pay more for a drug than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). [&
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On April 11th the non-profit conservation group American Rivers issued its annual list of America’s most endangered rivers and the Apalachicola was number 1. The river begins in Georgia as the Flint and the Chattahoochee ...
We may need a water revolution

Civil Water Wars

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On April 11th the non-profit conservation group American Rivers issued its annual list of America’s most endangered rivers and the Apalachicola was number 1. The river begins in Georgia as the Flint and the Chattahoochee (the names for rivers in the South are super fun), which flows along the Alabama-Georgia border. These combine to for
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For many Americans who had the audacity to want to go to college even if they weren’t extremely wealthy, student loans have become a nightmare from which it can seem, there is no escape. This system is not new, but in ...
Something is Not Adding Up

We Need to Change the Math of Higher Education

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For many Americans who had the audacity to want to go to college even if they weren’t extremely wealthy, student loans have become a nightmare from which it can seem, there is no escape. This system is not new, but in recent decades the numbers have increasingly been changing in ways that show that the [&hellip
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Last week, just before heading off on a “well deserved” vacation, the Senate voted against S. 2609, a voluntary GMO labeling bill. Had it passed, the bill would have required that in the next two years the “Secretary ...
Or a Labeling Bill.

What’s in a Label?

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Last week, just before heading off on a “well deserved” vacation, the Senate voted against S. 2609, a voluntary GMO labeling bill. Had it passed, the bill would have required that in the next two years the “Secretary of the Department of Agriculture establish a national voluntary labeling standard” for foods containing or made wit
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