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Our Air Quality

We’ve been hearing a lot about how great our air quality is – how it’s cleaner than it has been in decades, how we’ve made great strides in reducing smog and pollution – and it’s true that we’ve made progress in this area, but that doesn’t mean we’re doing as well as has been reported. The US’s network of about 3,900 air monitoring devices across the country routinely miss “major toxic releases and day-to-day pollution dangers,” according to a Reuters ...
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Socialized Medicine

I hear a lot about how socialized medicine is bad, how the quality of care will drop dramatically if we get it here in the US. What these people don’t tell us, however, (maybe because they’re lying or maybe because they’re just that stupid) is that we already have socialized medicine and it works quite well. It’s called Medicare/Medicaid. They other thing they don’t tell you is that our current system is truly messed up. It’s the most expensive in ...
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Great Passion Is Bad

We praise great passion in both art and love, swooning at the tragic romanticism of Romeo and Juliet, praising van Gogh’s Starry Night, feeling our souls rise to the sounds of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In doing so, we marvel at the commitment those artists made to their projects. And many of us adore the romantic comedy, which might not be quite as popular as it once was, but which advances the notion that we can find that perfect someone and ...
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Healing the Nation

We hear a lot of talk about healing lately, a lot of calls for civility and unity. However, it’s not really possible at this moment in our nation’s history. Why not? Because this isn’t a recent problem caused by one campaign season. It’s a descent into division that began after WWII and has only worsened since. We have become ever more tribal, belonging to one party or the other, and we’ve chosen to believe the shouters on our side who ...
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