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So, I'm trying to dig through the 800 emails that have piled up over the past week and a half. I'm not declaring email bankruptcy yet, but I'm close. I'm trying to get through the emails as quickly as possible, but some of them just require a little exploration.
Today, I got an email by a writer from Iowa promoting his books. I haven’t read any of his books, but his email was well written and I would encourage you to check out his website, http://www.iowapeace.com/.
I also received an email from Strengthen the Good. Strengthen the Good highlights small charities that are not well known. I encourage every to read the Strengthen the Good blog, as well as read about The Tom Family.
This pretty planet
It has not been a quite week at Orient Lodge. On Friday the 13th, Kim, Fiona and I drove up to Reading, Massachusetts. I was going to Lowell to cover the Massachusetts Democratic State Platform Convention. Kim was leaving for a Mommies’ Meeting. (More on this later).
I had press credentials to cover the convention and put up a few posts about what went on. Subsequently, there has been a great discussion over at Blue Mass Group. I wish I had time to join in the discussion in more detail, but time has been pretty cramped.
Fiona and her classmates sing 'This Pretty Planet' and Grandparents day.
(Originally published in Greater Democracy)
When the Federalist Papers were written in the early days of our country, the total population of the United States was less than four million people. Today, over half the States in the union are larger than that. The country has gotten much larger. However, when the Federalist Papers were written there was not the instantaneous communications that we have today. You could not call, fax or email your representative, and it was a long and arduous trip to get to the to nations capital. So, as the country has gotten much larger, it has also gotten much smaller at the same time. Do we need to move more power away from Washington because the States are that much bigger or should we move more power to Washington because it is now only a phone call away. What does this tell us about Federalism in the twenty-first century?