Good News: I recently passed my first math placement test and am currently working on my second one. It is proof that I can, to some degree, learn math without setting foot inside a classroom.
Behold the fall colors from my recent hike. The trails were short but since I was hiking with my sister-in-law, her husband and their cute baby, we were all observing if the baby was able to handle the venture well (she did! 🙂 :
Bad News: The last state election results turned this place into a Red State. Meaning the conservatives are going to make this state go back in time to where the Civil Rights Movement did not exist.
I don’t want to get involved but I have to put my foot down on this because a bunch of old men do not like the wording on a Anti Discriminatory Civil Rights Ordinance (PDF) and want to throw the whole thing out. Apparently they are too cheap to hire a bunch of editors to re-write the thing, but the ordinance was voted to pass by the voters. (You can read about the shenanigans here).
It boils my blood that in the 21st century in this country where people die to cross its borders and where people fight for equal recognition under the law have to put up with attempted filibusters by aldermen who are members of the old boys club who do not deal with discrimination on a daily basis. I am referring to discrimination against gender, race, disability, military status, marital status for necessities like access to housing, using a restroom or getting a job. The passed ordinance was a step in the right direction. And yet, it tries to get trampled by the conservatives who have forgotten what a college town looks like and by religious crazies like these people.
<BREATHE> This issue shouldn’t bother me so much. Except my dad participated in the protests during the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s. He would tell me about how hard he fought for equal treatment because he was treated horribly due to his race and ethnicity. I did not believe after 40 years that there is still work to be done. If this ordinance gets repealed, then we will be expediting our plans to move to another state.