Sanity Blog

Why the Affordable Care Act Couldn’t Be Repealed

Why the Affordable Care Act Couldn’t Be Repealed There are not just two sides of the political aisle on the ACA, there is a diverse range of experiences. If you want to know more about individual commendations and condemnations, the New York Times did a great series of interviews in their January 29th issue. Photographer:…
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Standing her Ground on Wall Street

Standing her Ground on Wall Street Wall Street’s Charging Bull was set in place in 1989. It was a year that opened with the inauguration of George Bush the Elder. His was a presidency fraught with dissension and Bush navigated tentatively. Saturday Night Live satirized him with the mantra “Wouldn’t be prudent.” Ten months into…
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We’re Not the Tea Party—We’re the Coffee Klatsch from Hell!

We’re Not the Tea Party—We’re the Coffee Klatsch from Hell! This past Thursday, I read that Republicans in 16 states are trying to pass laws that will restrict our ability to protest. What’s so special suddenly? One of the arguments against the recent Women’s Marches is that many do not have leaders. OMG! Amazingly we…
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A Life as a Labor Activist

A Life as a Labor Activist I’ve known Diane since 1971 or 72—a long time. As she nears retirement age, she is exploring her world of labor activism. She has just returned from a trip to India that she took with her daughter as part an organization called Building Bridges. Rather than starting this interview in…
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Thank you, Mr. Trump, for Bringing Us All Together?

Thank you, Mr. Trump, for Bringing Us All Together? Palm Beach County did not vote for Donald Trump. Outsiders find that odd because there is so much wealth here—the prejudice runs that rich people are conservative. In fact, my county holds a complicated mix of old money, working stiffs, and fair-weather retirees like me. We…
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I Am An Immigrant

I Am An Immigrant There’s a new website to which you can upload your picture, iamanimmigrant.com. It’s fun to look at and joining it says that you stand with all immigrants to the United States. The immigrant issue is special to me. I immigrated in 1970. After three years on a student visa, I had…
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When the Computer was a Woman…

When the Computer was a Woman… Hidden Figures has just been announced as a contender for an Academy Award for Best Picture. If it had been made last year, I am sure it would still have gotten the Oscar nomination but things have changed in America and thus so has the feel of the story.…
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Women on the March!

Women on the March! I flew from Florida to Baltimore to take part in the Women’s March in D.C. As soon as I got to the airport, there were women gathered in groups, laughing as they took pictures of each other. We chatted on the plane, commenting on badges, t-shirts, and hats. The atmosphere was…
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I Was Raised to Be an Activist!

I Was Raised to Be an Activist! My name is Rebecca Gordon and I’m 64. I think it was around the age of 45 that I began going into menopause—it was fairly early actually. I started getting more irregular, and then about three years after my last period we were in Peru and went up…
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Over It!

Over It! Now that we are over the “ho-ho” holidays, we all know the inauguration is looming. As a Socialist/Liberal, I expect to have to take action from this point onwards to maintain, much less push forward, those elements of our society that make up my values. Women’s rights, racial equality, LGBT rights, for starters.…
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