Voting should be harder
I just saw a headline: “Fourteen states have enacted 22 new laws making it harder to vote.” My first response is: “I certainly hope so!” The freedom to vote is a privilege, and I fear that although we scream that from the rooftops, our actions betray us.
Mail-in voting? How much effort does it take to seal an envelope? Is this the extent of the civic duty we are instilling in our kids?
I propose returning to in-person voting. Voting should take effort, voting should require some sense of obligation and maybe even a hint of accomplishment. Voting in-person involves a conscious decision to show-up, interact with others, and respect our country for all the opportunities it provides to us.
In our nation of abundance, there is no reason that for one day businesses cannot shut down or show some flexibility so that people young and old can come together, to stand in line, to be patient with each other, to put some physical effort and presence into their opinion. And for those who do face a challenge, so that their neighbors, friends, relatives, or even poll workers and volunteers take a little bit of extra time to check on those people to ensure that their ballot is cast.
Voting in-person involves a connection with the community. Voting respects our past and changes the future of our nation. Isn’t that worth a few minutes of our time?
A new solar resource
We need community-determined development of renewable-energy power generators. We also need to prioritize local residents’ needs, land stewardship, and nature conservation, along with profitability.
Solar farm planners need to consider designs that accommodate community needs: support for Agrivoltaics; many small solar farms instead of one huge farm; wildlife thoroughfares; wildfire mitigation; water recycling for cleaning panels; materials and electronics recycling; and more. Solar farm developers can better meet community needs by partnering with community representatives as co-planners; by establishing good rapport and good communication with the local community at large; by good design; and by good planning, which, not surprisingly, is also good business.
Good decisions are based on complete, valid information. This new website, gorge.solar, will provide verifiable information from credible sources about solar energy generation. It will provide information about the technology, manufacturing, use, and disposal of solar panels, inverters, and batteries. It will provide information about actual real issues, actual problems, solutions, benefits, and possibilities.
Every week, new material regarding one or more major topics will be published on the gorge.solar website. Planned topics are shown in the Overview of gorge.solar. Check it regularly.