As youngsters we were admonished to acknowledge gifts during the holiday season, and not to delay thanking Auntie for bestowing such “creative and unique” items. That said, this isn’t an obligatory thank you — it’s a Thanks! with a capital letter to those who’ve been an inspiration this year.
Thanks to the ladies of the Women’s March! Prior to that event I’d contacted my Senators and Representatives, but never with any regularity, and certainly never with multiple phone calls in any given month. The idea of sending post cards hadn’t occurred to me. I listened to the speakers advise more contact, more persistent contact, more urgent contact — and I bought some postcards. I also bought a small pocket notebook. I recorded my calls and post cards in the notebook — at first just to keep track of the topics, and then it became a habit. The little notebook is half filled now, and I even had to add a piece of ribbon tied on as a bookmark to keep track of my place. Perhaps I’m gaining a reputation as a pain with a couple of members of the 115th Congress. I don’t care. They won’t be able to say they’ve not heard from anyone about protecting DACA, or the ACA, or the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, or the EPA, or women’s reproductive rights, or the rights of workers to organize. My new year’s prediction is that the little notebook will be filled by this time next year — at least I sincerely hope so.
Thanks to the people who attended town hall meetings! Those who are dependent on the individual health insurance market to secure health plans need our assistance. Those on employer group plans need to know that the provisions of the ACA will require they have real insurance, as opposed to junk policies with outrageous co-pays, high deductibles and limited benefits. Those who buy policies need to know mental health treatment is on par with physical health needs, and immunizations are essential services. And, since as they say “it takes two to tango,” everyone is in the pool — men and women, meaning maternity care is also essential. To those people who put real faces on real problems — Thank You. To those people who supported the people testifying to those very real issues — Thank You.
Thanks to the organizers of Indivisible! Should I run out of ideas on a given day concerning what to say and to whom to say it, there’s Indivisible online to assist me. I appreciate the tweets and notices from Nevada Indivisible groups, Indivisible Lake Tahoe, Indivisible Reno, and Indivisible Las Vegas. You are doing good work, and it’s appreciated.
Thanks to the professionals working on the Special Counsel’s investigation! I understand those investigators aren’t the total solution to the problem of foreign interference in our elections. However, they are a key facet of the issue and they’ve endured enough flack from partisan hacks for a lifetime already. They can’t tell us how to protect our election systems in the future, nor can they tell us what actions our state and local officials can take to prevent future assaults — but they can, and I’m sure will, give us an accurate picture of anything prosecutable. Their efforts are appreciated.
Thanks to the independent members of the press and media! There are reporters and broadcasters who are not allowing lies and mischaracterizations from the current administration to go unchallenged. Not all editors are spiking stories about corruption, maladministration, and mismanagement. Not all reporters are playing the role of stenographer for government issued blather. Now, more than ever before in my lifetime, we need FACTS. Good old fashioned FACTS, and good old fashioned news — the kind wherein we learn not only who is supporting a particular policy, but what the implications of the policy proposals are in real life.
Thus, the little notebook continues to sit beside the phone, the post cards are at the ready, and there’s no shortage of topics upon which to comment. For this, I say THANKS.