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Senator Burr’s VA voting record …NC needs a reminder


VoteVets.org

We’ve long fought against the right’s underreported attempts to undermine veterans care in this country. Usually, while they talk about honoring veterans, they vote against funding for veterans, like the recent vote to kill Senator Bernie Sanders’ $21 billion dollar package to improve veterans services.

Now, the right has decided it’s time to make veterans the enemy.

Tea Party darling Senator Richard Burr used Memorial Day to launch an attack at Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) who are refusing to call for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation. Senator Burr smeared them as not caring about the veterans they represent.

Never mind that Burr left a committee hearing about VA care, before the VSOs testimony, and has long voted against veterans care. Apparently, the right fringe believes veterans are now the enemy when they don’t join in a political witch-hunt to get an Obama Administration official fired.

He needs to hear from veterans, military families, and their supporters about this cheap shot.

Sign our letter calling on Senator Burr to apologize to veterans and VSOs for his disgusting remarks – we’ll deliver it to his office.

In their response to the senator, the Paralyzed Veterans of America – one of the groups attacked by Senator Burr – wrote to Burr, “You clearly represent the worst politics in this country.”

We agree, and we’re joining them in their outrage. We need to speak up now, before public attacks on veterans from the far-right become more commonplace.

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman
VoteVets.org

P.S. Next week, we’ll release our first ad of the 2014 cycle. Be on the lookout for it in your inbox.

FDR had something to say about voting


Franklin D. Roosevelt once said

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

Donald Trump … Él no es tu amigo


Celebrate Fall: Plant a Tree. Give a Tree.


Over the last few years, your support has allowed us to plant nearly 3 million trees in impoverished communities around the world—from Haiti to Uganda to Brazil. Thank you! The results have been spectacular!

You can help improve lives through a small donation of $10 or $25 to the Canopy Project..

After every tree planting, we hear back from community members about how the trees have helped farmers feed their families, provided fuel for cooking and warmth, prevented erosion, and brought economic and environmental stability where it’s needed most.

You, the Canopy Project’s loyal supporters, deserve all the credit. You’ve brought hope, vitality, and economic security to people all around the world. Thank you.

But our work is not done yet.

With your help, we can carry on the Canopy Project’s good work. Our October goal is to raise enough to plant 15,000 more trees.

You can help us make that happen by donating to the Canopy Project today.

Donate today!

— The Earth Day Network Team

TIP: Early fall is the best time for planting most trees. Cooler wetter weather and shorter days push roots deeper and wider, so when spring comes, the tree is ready to grow its leaves. So, please, plant a tree for yourself and then, donate some autumn leaves to Earth Day Network.

Every dollar you donate allows us to plant one tree.

environmentally friendly … is your member of Congress participating?


PlasticbagsrecycleHave you started reclaiming, reusing, recycling, repurposing and or reducing items from your life that will cut the amount of material going into landfills or buying locally to hopefully reduce your eco-footprint as well? I’m in; even PBO alluded to a big change being needed for the next generation.

Now, well, lets say again we all need to worry about the fishing in our oceans, lakes and seas which sadly is on a path toward collapse as overfishing, polluters. plastics and the corporate fishing industry need a refresher on regulatory rules least we remind them to protect our wild and marine life for the next generation

It’s a rant

Unfortunately, Congress, is under Republican control in both chambers, the House, where legislative purse strings are under stress and if you listen closely, they sound like they had different school books, syllabus and teachers, so, the path

aquabountysalmonto sustainable 21st Century living was is going to be a struggle.

Though after NAFTA the struggle for American workers was bad it also made most us all rely on goods made in foreign lands with questionable ingredients and on the cheap; I for one have looked at my clothes and sighed after finding brands that once sold mostly “made in the USA”   went to the dark side. I guess cheap really is not only addictive, cheap labor and cheap material affects and effects the quality of our lives UCScleanairactpix

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Addictive, but the question is –  will authorities at the top recognize that NAFTA needs reforming due to an increase of carbon foot-print,  allowed foreign companies to possibly use toxic chemicals, use less than 100% organic and in some cases, let our children play with toys made with excessive amounts of lead.  We need a quick acceptance an apology and a big change implemented in every state regulating not just what comes into the US of A, but how, what is dumped, recycled and where; it makes sense on so many levels given what we now know about pollution, climate change, landfills and the effects on Americans …and our at risk population, whether folks want to admit it or not a reality check is needed.  Washington State, along with a few others decided they are all in on banning plastic bags though the effort needs to be much more vigorous as cooperation from big corporations who do not always implement the process fast enough, but we have to start somewhere right.

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However, it is obvious that as those at the top debate and delay changes in our man-made and natural global warming experiences, they are leaving minorities and the poor out of the conversation of sustainable living, let alone offer up alternatives or commit to viable restorations of communities most impacted by bad urban planning. frackingWe have all heard or know that certain populations are definitely unable to control the negative impact that some big corporations are having on their communities or environments as more and more cases are revealed, aired and reported. It is disturbing to know that some cases are over twenty – thirty years old or older, the sad truth that there were are too many middle class, minority and poor communities built on or near freeways,  landfills, gas lines, ex-chemical plants, manufacturer plants or smokestacks with dirty air while providing jobs at those same facilities though the people had no idea that they and the lives of their families could be negatively affected and life in some cases probably cut short. The abuse of land in rural and or urban settings is not just offensive it is still unchecked and just one more thing the EPA needs to revisit.Deforestation-Amazon-1024x667_1_460x230

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The idea of sustainable living is not new, yet, it means something different depending on what State you live in and how your officials deal with the agencies we are supposed to trust whether the issue is about fracking, housing,ground water, GMO ,salmonella etc. or bird flu.  Most people I know love all kinds of food and are careful about at home preparation, but I do believe that the way food is inspected, accepted and processed is still suspect and an update in federal laws regarding food inspection are overdue.  I hope we all agree that our food should not be considered a state’s rights issue; it is a keep the American population safe& healthy issue. I come from a fishing based family that believed in staying away from so-called store freshly caught and to always smell the fish, ask if wild or hatchery and if it’s wrapped in plastic question it all because it may look like the real deal but … I will admit I remember when most if not all seafood caught,  was “bought and sold fresh” and or” wild” but not farmed because my family preferred to buy at the market or buy at the pier, but mostly from my family fishing for it. When farm fisheries started popping up my family felt it might be a good way to keep wild off the endangered list, but unfortunately some collateral damage was created when some reports of  nasty toxic developments at some not all farmed hatcheries were found .

Unfortunately,

folks did not know in the early stages the influx of farmed fish to grocery stores and restaurants meant insufficient labeling or the profound lack of available information for consumers to make independent and or intelligent decisions by leaving out info whether it’s about fish, beef, chicken, clothes or toys they are selling comes from the most “environmentally friendly” way possible instead of taking risks that could hurt liveschickenofthesea

written 2/1/2013