Friday, October 24, 2014
I was clueless, but in a 20th October editorial in the New York Times I discovered that Cuba was sending a relatively large team of doctors and nurses to help contain the deadly virus; 460 to be exact. The World Health Organization has been training the response team. I think that's great!We should all read the article. One other thing; even though we have isolated Cuba from the international community for over a half century, American students attend medical school there with the backing of our government.I have a friend who just finished medical there; he thought it an amazing experience. The other thing,which I would think is extremely embarrassing to the Bush Administration of 2005, is that Cuba offered a rapid response team to aide the Victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Considering Bush's response to that national disaster, I consider his refusal more a shame. Ebola is an international security problem and concerns all nations..Hopefully, we will respond internationally as health care providers without borders or political divisions.
I just had to go to a funny movie tonight; it is just too much..another school shooting. You know that is over 160 incidents of school shootings in our nation since 2000. What I really want to know is: when is the National Rifle Association going to stand up and help solve this national disease? The usually arguments against a national gun control law are of no value to the parents who have lost a child due to gun violence. The N.R.A. is not Congress; however, they have a lot to say because of their enormous influence..their campaign contributions to our "representatives" in the House of Representatives and the Senate.No one is asking to revoke our right to bear arms; the people who believe in some sort of gun control are just asking for common sense solutions. I am a loving parent and the violence today in that town near Seattle, Washington caused me to weep.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The incomprehensible violence in Canada over the last couple of days is tragic. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. Those events show us how vulnerable we all are. I keep asking myself ,WHY? Can these episodes be stopped? How? When will they stop? What is their goal? Is there a political solution? We must find a core solution to the crisis of ISIS. We cannot wait years and years.My family coat of arms,perde sed caute the latin for fight with caution sometimes is applicable;but in this instance, we must fight with a very heavy hand using all of our available resources.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tonight 's debate did not include everyone. As an Independent I did not participate. The organizer of the debate called me yesterday.The head of the news department said that I did not meet one of the criteria because I was not a candidate on the ballot. A Write-In is a candidate. The fact is that an Independent has to get almost three times the amount of signatures (3500) than a democrat or republican (1250) just illustrates how unfair the process of getting on the ballot is. An Independent has to petition later than democrats and republicans and basically gets ignored in the media. As an idealist, I thought that there was an outside chance to participate in the debate: there are 126,000 registered voters in this district alone who are not affiliated with any party. I think that those voters deserve an alternative . I believe that the media has an obligation to the public to present varying points of view. ( especially from an independent who has been trying so hard over the last two election cycles managing over 5000 signatures; 2887 in 2012/2156 in 2014). An Independent Write-in is a candidate and should be recognized more in the media; actually. I was referred to as the Write-in candidate from 2012 is back on an National Public Radio program in July. This November 4th WRITE-IN THOM JENKINS FOR CONGRESS an Independent who will represent You, not party politics! Let your vote make a difference; don't let money buy representation!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I do not like to waste things ; as a matter of fact I enjoy recycling and reusing things as much as possible. I am sure of one thing I would never ask you to waste your vote. This election cycle please vote your conscience not the lesser of two evils. I believe that I am the best choice; unfortunately, I have little media attention. As I mentioned in a previous blog, I feel quarantined by the media. I tried to get into tomorrow night's Time Warner debate but did not succeed. Write my name down on a piece of paper and bring it with you to your polling place this November 4th and WRITE-IN THOM JENKINS at the bottom of the Congressional line column where it says write-in. In order to help you, I will post a sample ballot before the election. Each county in the District also has its own elections but the ballot will still be consistent with regard to state and federal candidates . The most important thing to do this November 4th is to vote. But most of all, remember A VOTE FOR ME IS A VOTE FOR YOU!