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Half the country is talking about Hurricane Matthew. Where did it go, when will it go away, how much damage did it do? For the last week, we’ve been holding our breath all over the eastern side of the US, wondering where it would go next. I’m fascinated with weather, so when a storm like this comes around, I am all over it. I like to know all the what-ifs and the percentage of particular situations. These storms can be scary. There’s a lot of hype and you don’t know what to expect until it happens. And there’s wind. There’s…

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This week’s vice presidential debate ended up being much spicier that most of us expected. What should have been a carefully curated discussion between two seasoned politicians ended up being a barrage of insults and interruptions, with a few policy points scattered in between. One of the most shocking statements to come out of the debate centered on the criticism police face in light of recent shootings. When asked, “Do we ask too much of police officers in this country?” Pence responded: “The Fraternal Order of Police… hear[s] the bad mouthing, the bad mouthing that comes from people that seize upon…

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Generally speaking, I’m a law-abiding citizen. I’ve never been arrested, I’ve never been pulled over. Heck, I’m not even sure I’ve ever even spoken to a police officer. But for some reason I’m afraid of them. Maybe “afraid” isn’t the right word. Maybe I should say “intimidated.” I almost have the sense that if I don’t draw attention to myself by trying to interact with the police, I’ll go unnoticed, and that’s the most desirable outcome. I would never seek out an opportunity to interact with an officer of the law. This weekend, I overheard a father pointing out an…

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On Monday night, I watched the first presidential debate with something like waves of fear washing over me. It was the same feeling you get watching your child perform, knowing you can’t help them but feeling like the weight of their performance somehow falls on you. Hillary carries the hopes and dreams of all women on her shoulders because even if you don’t like her politics, the possibility of her victory, of her taking a proverbial baseball bat to the glass ceiling that suffragists only dreamed of shattering, changes everything. I wasn’t alone in my feeling of anticipation, with this being…

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Photo Credit: CBS News Within the first thirty minutes of the debate, I actually thought Trump might win. The debate, that is. A talk about economy left Secretary Clinton sounding  like a socialist; her plan to redistribute wealth was a little too much for me. He totally schooled her on trade. He was looking more prepared than ever. For a few minutes, I saw myself supporting Trump. But there’s a reason debates are 90 minutes, not 20. Not only do they test the knowledge of the candidates, but they also test stamina, the ability to think and respond quickly and the…

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In the age of standardized testing, subjects like art and music get swept aside in school as trifling niceties. But what are kids really losing out on when we can’t find more than an hour a month to devote to building a love and understanding of the arts? And what skills and experiences are we leaving on the table by cutting into that precious instruction time for everything from fundraisers to health screenings. As someone who was introduced to music in a public elementary school and continued to study music up through college, where I graduated with a degree in Art…