Michael Brown, program director of the Jewish Federation of St Joseph's Valley in South Bend, responds to Dan Grossman's article, published in NUVO on Feb. 13, 2019.
Former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Indiana, died Thursday of pneumonia at the age of 91. He recognized the truth about the Electoral College long before the 2000 or 2016 presidential elections gave us popular-vote-losing Republican Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump, respectively. This outdated system will increasingly lead to a feeling of illegitimacy as the voice of the people is ever more frequently subverted.
Google searches for “International Men's Day” peak on International Women's Day. This sort of whataboutism springs from the same well which inspires some to ask why there isn't a “White History Month” every February during Black History Month. As the adage goes, when you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.
At the federal and state levels, our government exacerbates divisions as often as it bridges them. Republicans should have learned by now how costly this can be.
Jobs done by government workers are mostly thankless because no one notices until they stop doing them. Feeling their absence may be the only way to show the importance of their presence.