Open Government

(Also published at Greater Democracy)

During the 2004 Democratic Presidential Primaries, many of the candidates had blogs and a popular question was if they would continue their blogs if they were elected president. The other day, I stumbled across the legislative blog of State Rep. Peter Sullivan. It is great to see a blog like this and I hope more elected officials chose to make their view public in this manner and thereby encourage greater public participation in the governance process.

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Random links

I’ve caught up on my emails and have gotten a chance to visit a few interesting websites. So, here are a few worth checking out:

Alzheimer's: Living With An Impostor. After Kim’s grandfather’s battle with Alzheimer’s battle with Alzheimer’s, I really appreciate reading this site.

Kim’s brother has a massive fascination with sharks, so this movie seems like a must see.

Finally, with all the discussions about ethics of bloggers and the DNC race, this blog entry puts it all into an interesting perspective.

Random Thoughts for Today

Ownership society, n (ca. 2004) 1 a: a state or condition in which a small minority of the wealthiest members of society owns the majority of its capital wealth, property or commercial assets b: the disproportionate control of large segments of a national economy by a handful of corporations or individuals 2: the effort to promote or justify the extreme concentration of wealth into the hands of a powerful few syn see PLUTOCRACY, CORPORATE FEUDALISM

Martin Luther King Jr., Updated for 2005
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their state on an electoral map but by the content of their character."

Digging Out

Last night, I boarded the 10 PM Amtrak train from Washington DC to Stamford, CT. When I go to Washington, I like to take the train, and the 10 PM train home is usually a great train. Get on in Washington, fall asleep, and get to Stamford at around four in the morning. Normally, there aren’t a lot of people on the train.

However, last night was different. With the Northeast digging out from more than two feet of snow in some areas, many airports were closed and flights canceled. Many stranded airline passengers resorted to the train and it was packed. Amtrak was mostly on schedule. It did leave Washington about half an hour late, but got into Stamford on time.

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