Sick and Tired of Thoughts and Prayers

Photo:  Avery Jensen , Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Avery Jensen, Wikimedia Commons

“Do some-thing! Do some-thing! Do some-thing!” This was the chant of Dayton residents during Sunday’s vigil as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine rose to address the mass shooting that killed 9 and injured at least 27. The Dayton shooting followed on the heels of mass shootings at an El Paso Walmart that killed 22 and injured at least 24 and at a Garlic Festival in Gilroy, CA, that killed 3 and injured at least 12.

Things weren’t always this way, and they don’t always have to be this way. Fortunately, some of the calls for action are getting through: Gov. DeWine, who is a Republican, has just rolled out a 17-point plan that includes gun regulation measures.

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Oh SNAP...

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An estimated 3.1 million people—equivalent to the entire population of Iowa—are in danger of losing the food assistance they currently receive from the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Why? It’s deliberate. The Trump administration has decided to change SNAP’s eligibility requirements. Fortunately, because the change in the eligibility requirements come from the Department of Agriculture, there is a mandatory public comment period before it can go into effect. Time to put on your action shorts.

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