Frank Eaton's blog Comments Great video Very excellent. All my issues are in there. If you missed the other questions They're up at my BlueNC blog. The fifth and final question will go up later today! This series is just wonderful, bullydoc. I am really loving it. Thank you so much for having the imagination and follow-through to put these together. Really great stuff. I'll be sending your blog series out to our county's Dem list serve for Thanksgiving holiday viewing. "They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." Stopping the re-segregation of our schools Is my big issue. Got school age kids in public schools? You know what I'm talking about. It hasn't been that long since I was in public schools here in Forsyth County, and I'm telling you: Twenty years has made a huge difference in the way our schools look. Personally, I would give up school choice if I thought it would mean better schools for everybody's neighborhood and not just mine. Interesting comment. We don't see much of that in a small county like Moore. School choice is only permitted if there is room in the school after everyone in the district for that particular school is admitted. Of course there are several charter schools. I'm only familiar with the student mix of one of them, which seems to mirror the mix of the county. I suppose it's a bigger issue in bigger places. :) Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi health care children's issues in general are my big issue, which also include education and the environment. however, the most important of these right now is health care. Great piece.. Shout it out! Marshall Adame 2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03 It won't surprise folks here to find out my "Big Issue" is sustainable/renewable energy, as that has been the focus of well over half of my diaries at BlueNC. But it's not an isolated issue. Our energy policies and habits have wreaked havoc on our environment, which has both directly and indirectly adversely impacted our health. We have needlessly introduced millions of tons of toxic substances into our air, soil and water, while virtually ignoring much cleaner technologies that have been available for decades. To say that's stupid is a gross understatement. For over half a century, our geopolitical stance has been at least partially driven by the need to secure fossil fuels for our continued growth and security. No other single factor has remained constant through this time period, because we have taken steps to solve these other factors. Yet this one thing is still there, manipulating us into unnecessary wars and human rights comromises, until we no longer understand what freedom really means. And yet, the Sun still shines on us, but our main concern is whether SPF 15 will still allow us to earn a sexy tan by the end of the day. I'm surprised we have the sense to not constantly step in holes or into moving traffic. Maybe it's RA the Sun God looking after us. :/ equality in dealing with people. Stopping eminent domain for wants. Teaching politicians that they are people first and politicians second. Ensuring government only interferes with my life when needed. Fine, I'll say it I didn't hear my issue mentioned. I must be completely out of touch, or maybe everyone has conceded this battle. My chief argument for opposing Bush lo these many years was his ability to nominate individuals to the Supreme Court who would make good his promise to the fundamentalists to overturn Roe v. Wade. My issue is women's reproductive rights, women's right to choose, right to abortion, call it what you will (and some will call it murder). I think too many people are shrugging this issue off, calling it peripheral or insignificant. I find it frightening that a woman's right to choose or not choose abortion is not given a higher priority by leaders in the Democratic Party. That element of the platform that supports the right to choose is the only reason I've stuck with the Democrats these past few years. All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing -Edmund Burke I eluded to your comment with my comment about the government only impacting me when needed. You as a woman have the right to control your body. No one has the right to tell you to have or not have a baby. You have to live with that decision. Your morale values come into play here. I cannot force you to love that baby if you wish to terminate it. I would rather you terminate the life growing inside you then have an unwanted person in the world. My firm belief is if a child is not shown love then that child will grow up to be harmful to society. Termination is better then that. Yea, you could adopt the baby out, but if you are set on termination, then do so. I for one would love any child I sired but as a man, I cannot have a baby inside me. Women have an edge over me on that one. If the government can tell you not to terminate a baby, a presidence is being set where the government could tell you to HAVE children. A requirement TO procreate. I appreciate that point Thank you so much for your response. I have offered before, in discussions about abortion, that if the government can tell you when you must have a child, the government also has the right to tell you when you may not. The point is whether or not the individual may decide or whether our government says that the decision belongs to a panel. It is disturbing to me that so few people seem to notice the significance of the matter. I would prefer that discussions about choice not necessarily assume that the advocate for "choice" would vouch for abortion were she personally confronted with the question. I do not know what my choice might be were I confronted today or tomorrow. What I insist upon is that I do have that choice, whatever it may be. Again, thank you, very, very much, for your response. I think you are among the few who notice that it matters. All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing -Edmund Burke Abortion rights are my main issue followed very closely by all sorts of other rights. It doesn't get a lot of play around here for whatever reason, but it's good to connect with you on it. (My wonderful wife was chair of the Planned Parenthood of Central NC board for the past bazillion years and pro-choice everything has been front-and-center for both of us. For exactly the reasons Parmea outlines in his touching comment above. ) I tend to believe the issue is completely confounded with assaults on religion freedom as well, but that's a discussion for another day. Really, Anglico? Your wife was chair of PP and you still don't know who you're going to vote for in the LG race? The constitution is suppose to allowWhat I insist upon is that I do have that choice, whatever it may be. any thing less is one person imposing their beliefs on another. That is wrong. It is inappropriate for me to tell someone else to follow my morales or my standards. As a nation, we are empowered to determine what we want. I do not like the idea that 9 old fogies can dictate to a woman they have never met a standard because they think it is correct. Where in the constitution does it say the government can dictate how a woman treats her body? The morales of man (or woman) is for them to determine and practice. So long as your morales do not impact others, do as you please. How does a woman having an abortion harm me, my family or my community? How does it harm you? With all that said,,,,,I hope most women never go the route of termination. Well said. I agree, especially with: Where in the constitution does it say the government can dictate how a woman treats her body? I think that the Constitution even comes close to stating the opposite. The fourth Amendment starts with - "The right of the people to be secure in their persons , ..., against unreasonable searches ...". Those so called strict constructionists might not be as strict as they pretend to be. Person County Democrats I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you? I can't narrow it down to one issue. We have a world of problems to correct. I will say that most of my big issues have to do with the letter "E" - Education, Energy, Environment, Election reform, Ending the Error, Etc. Person County Democrats I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you? Words that start with "e" More here. Well that brought me a chuckle or two!! Not what I was I expecting. I am not sure what I was expecting, but that wasn't it. I don't think I've ever contemplated the notion of 'earflaps'. Thanks A. :-) Person County Democrats I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you? Earflaps That's the one that caught my, um, eye, too. :) Jobs should be a big issue in a capitalist economy Our "leaders" who want us to stand on our own two feet have GOT to stop trying to knock us down with their foolish trade policies. As I see it, we will have to thwart the corporate interests ourselves and rebuild our local economies from the ground up. I don't know how we as a nation can back away from China now that we owe them so much in debt. Have you called to support H. Res 333 Impeach Cheney Today? call 202-224-3121 & ask for your Congress member by name Lots of "healthcare" as biggest issue there I just read a really interesting historical diary on the healthcare fight in the 90's. Like the diarist, I was distracted throughout the early half of the 90's by very critical personal stuff -- custody, support, keeping the lights on, feeding the kids, etc. I hardly remember any of these fights at all. If you don't really remember that time and your big issue is healthcare, I highly recommend this diary by feral cat at MyDD. "They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."