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November 5, 2012 at 10:00 AM

A European Perspective on the Presidential Race

Some Europeans say that they should be able to vote for President in the United States, because whoever gets elected has a huge impact on the whole world.

SHORELINE — How do people outside the United States perceive the election and the presidential candidates?  Do they follow American politics?  Specifically, do they follow presidential politics?  I thought it might be interesting to get a glimpse of the outside point of view, so I asked.  I spoke with my parents, who live in Finland and are very keen on the news and current events.  I also asked my cousin to report what she observed from Belgium, where she’s lived for many years.

Let’s see what they had to say.

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October 19, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Women’s Issues are our issues

The presidential debates have provided sound bites from President Obama and Governor Romney when they discuss women’s issues.  But what do the candidates’ official websites reveal regarding what they believe on issues of equal rights, women in the workplace, or equal pay? SEATTLE — Women make up half of the electorate and their opinions are valued because…

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October 13, 2012 at 7:15 AM

It’s time to talk about guns

The fear of gun violence is an ever-present reality to parents, kids, teachers, neighbors, passers-by in America.  But our politicians are not discussing it in any serious manner – even during the presidential campaign.  It is time to change that.

Courtesy of www.millionmommarch.org

SHORELINE — Last May, when I had just finished a meeting at work, I received a text message from a friend saying that there had been a shooting in Shoreline the previous evening, and two youths had been shot.  One of them, a 17 year old girl, had died.

She was a student in my daughter’s high school at Shorecrest.

The shooting had taken place on the same street on which my daughter’s Metro bus travels from school to home every day.  At that moment the police had no suspect or motive – it looked like a random act of violence.

I was petrified.

I texted my daughter, “DO NOT TAKE THE BUS” home after school, and that I would pick her up.  I left work early with an uneasy feeling in my stomach: something terrible had just happened and my life was directly affected by it.  I could not control the events in my neighborhood, and I could not protect my daughter from the reality of gun violence and death.

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Comments | More in Local, National | Topics: brady center to prevent gun violence, gun control, million mom march