By Allen Watson The British surrendered at Yorktown in October of 1781 and George Washington took the oath of office to become president in April 1789. Yes, you are reading that correctly – there was almost an eight-year lag time from the end of fighting to when our first president took office. What happened during... Continue Reading →
By Kristin Fleetwood This is part one of a multi-part series. For more, check back in the coming weeks. I grew up in a nominally Episcopalian Christian family in the mid-Atlantic region. My mother has always been committed to her faith, whereas my father is a proud man of science. In my late teens, I embarked... Continue Reading →
New York is the United States’ principal city and the most populous urban area in the nation. It serves as one of the world’s financial and cultural capitals, to say nothing of the political clout -- the United Nations is headquartered here and several presidents have called New York and its surrounding areas home, including... Continue Reading →
The United States has become an increasingly urbanized society over the course of its history -- reaching a tipping point just after the turn of the 20th century when urban dwellers outnumbered rural folks for the first time in the nation’s history. New technologies and changing economics made it so that there were more job... Continue Reading →
Those who know me may think me an unlikely candidate for such an undertaking. I grew up in a very religious and conservative household, and was a Republican for my early adult life. However, my views on some issues, especially social issues and foreign policy, changed over the years, and I found myself more and more drifting away from the two major parties. I now vote third party in most elections, primarily Libertarian, though I do occasionally vote for both Democrats and Republicans on a case-by-case basis.
“But I get it. You get dependent on something. Nobody is trying to mess things up, but things happen, you know? They want to have the service, but don’t want to wait on it to get built up. They want to be to work on time, but so does everybody else. We’re all just trying to do our jobs, and the jobs just get harder and harder.”