September 17 2020 – October 8, 2020
Ed. Note: The following 9/17 post is a fitting way to start Part 12, just 6 months into actions taken to stop the spread of the virus and increasing tension and division within our society.
9/17/20 — Enjoy — xxx Liz WF
* Very funny (anon)
* That is wonderful. Thanks. Barbara HH
* thanks liz; super and I’ve spread it around. Liz T
* This is totally wonderful!! Oh my gosh, I thought it was going to be some long, serious-minded documentary when I saw the link, but I should have known that it would have been one of the most creative shorts I’ve seen yet (only a couple of minutes), coming from you, Liz. Don’t miss this one classmates, Judy K
(9/19/20 — Editor’s note: Judy Kennedy plans our very first virtual Reunion Planning Committee meeting. Our 60th reunion, scheduled for May 2021, will most likely be virtual. I am not going to include the details of our meetings because I don’t want to spoil it for the rest of the class. However, the following email conversation had me in stitches. The following announcement came from Judy K. LWF)
* Yes – I will be there. Cindy Dennett Yee
* Thanks, Cindy, but no need for anyone else to reply yes or no, as it’s a lot of unnecessary emails in our in-boxes at this point. Just show up on Tuesday if you want to join. Judy K
* Hi Judy and everyone. You did not mention time of meeting in the invite. What time will it be. Thank you Chris Hollister Hila
* It’s at 1:00 eastern time. Betsy
* I have it at 2 not 1 which is a problem as I have a 1 already scheduled so when did it change to 1? Ding
* I also had it listed as 2:00 EDT. Frannie Blair
* It is, has been, and will be from 2 pm to 3 pm on next Tuesday, September 22, 2020. I will be standing by and ready to “admit” folks to the Zoom room at 1:45 pm if you want to join 10 minutes or so early for some general socializing before Barb starts the actual meeting promptly at 2 pm, if that is, everything goes smoothly. Fingers crossed! Judy K
* It’s in the SUBJECT line. 2 p.m. (anonymous)
* I had it at 2, (11 for me() too, but 1 (10 ) is OK (anon)
* OK – good – see you at 2 (11 for me) (anon)
* You’re right. It’s at 2. (anon)
* Thank you for confirming the 2 start time. Talk with you then. Ding
(Editor’s note: the most hilarious conversation amongst our committee.
That very night our beloved and honorable Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died. All of us were saddened deeply. All liberals and progressives and moderates were stunned. She was our role model, a wonderful caring soul.
9/20/20 — Jenifer Grant Marx sent me this beautiful poem which seems fitting right now. Hugs to you all during this scary time. Love, Liz Webfoot
9/20/20 — Thank you Jenifer. That is beautiful. Barbara Hartt Hise
* I agree. Jennifer Bagster-Collins Seaver
* Love the poem. Thanks for sharing it. Sally
* Maya Angelou always says it best. So much of how I feel right now is in this poem…When great trees fall….”small things recoil into silence, eroded beyond fear”, “our souls, dependent upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened”. And then the entire ending that says that peace will bloom…and then we can strive to be better….just because RBG was such a “great tree” in our midst. Wow! I just hope the peace hurries up! Thanks Liz for sending this! Looking forward to “seeing” many of you reunion people on Tuesday! Betsy
9/20/20 — This poem was written by a friend. He was former Poet Laureate of Connecticut. I thought you’d be happy to have it. Marian
For Ruth Bader Ginsberg (1933-2020)
When we heard the news we couldn’t bear to be
by ourselves – some of us gathered by the hundreds
before the Supreme Court of the land where you fought
so long for our rights, Equal Justice writ large overhead.
We broke spontaneously into Amazing Grace,
knowing you were more than we deserved and now
had lost – you brave, whimsical, richly reserved justice
with a voice like a shofar calling us to rise
to a humanity we so often denied. Oh Notorious RBG,
you left us aptly on Rosh Hashanah, that day ensuring
special grace for all who die on it, first of a New Year
when despite the bone-pickers converging to rip apart
your legacy, your brilliant opinions and dissents ring out
above the political din. Those who would replace you
with a merely nominal justice, one truly blind,
not blessedly blindfolded, balancing Right and Wrong,
will soon be forgotten, while you, tiny as a bird,
will sing sweetly in the echoing chambers of history.
Rennie McQuilkin, former Poet Laureate of Connecticut
9/20/20 — Oh, that is beautiful! Thanks, Marian. Sue W Carr
(Ed. note: The very next day, the Republican Party began the process for her replacement, a new Supreme Court Judge.)
9/26/20 — From Freedom From Religion organization, I found much of this article disturbing. I know you all agree, but here’s a good article from their website if you need some talking points: FFRF WARNS BARRETT WOULD COMPLETE CHRISTIAN NATIONALIST TAKEOVER OF SUPREME COURT. Liz WF
9/26/20 — Oh my! How scary. Wouldn’t you think that a lot of Senators, including Republicans, would find her views unacceptable? I’m appalled! Barbara Hartt Hise
9/27/20 — An email today from Progressive Change Campaign Committee (Bold Progressives.org) suggests another path to preventing Barrett’s nomination from going through: pour support -money, phone banking, texting- into the special senatorial campaigns of Mark Kelly (AZ) and Raphael Warnock (GA). If they win in November, they would be seated in November and thus deny McConnell the majority he needs to ram the nomination through. Just an idea. Frannie Blair
9/27/20 — Have already given to Mark Kelly but didn’t know about Warnock. That would be a wonderful solution. Do you think it would work? Anyone from GA or AZ want to weigh in? Like Barbara, I’m appalled too! Kim
9/27/20 — Mitch McConnell would never let that happen. They will vote before 11/3. Barbara HH
Barbara Hartt Hise
9/29/20 — Me too! Sue Wheatley Carr
9/30/20 — Imagine how rattling it would be to try to remember your point with DT interrupting and bullying! Can’t understand why moderator failed to cut off mike of speaker not responding! On the other hand, a lot of the country had not seen Trump in action before. But one exposure is way too much. Hope they will mute in future. Exhausting. Liz T and Barbara HH are right. Obama judge vacancies were the work of Mitch McConnell holding up EVERYTHING. Just like Merrick Garland. Enlightening on behavior, a wash out on hearing policy. (My cousin sent me somebody’s Tweet that said, “If you missed the debate, you can recreate it by putting a fork, some rocks and some garbage in, then turning on the disposal.”) Rocki Hill Hughes
9/30/20 — I’m still awake 2:30 in the morning. Feeling great relief. Contrast between bully and rational human being seems to me to be hard to miss. For 5% who still are undecided. Of course, I watched most of it muted. DT’s red face and weird facial and body poses as opposed to Joe’s pleasant reasonableness was clearer w/out sound. But Biden’s emotions got far enough into annoyance and even anger to keep him real. One of us.
That’s how I feel and now maybe I can go to sleep. Dottie
9/30/20– Exhausted! I can’t imagine watching these two ‘men’ go at it again in October. I will be curious how the vp debate is handled. Jennifer B-C Seaver
9/30/20 — I think the two moderators for the next debates should demand a way to cut off the person interrupting (i.e. Trump) or refuse to participate. Maybe those debates will have to be canceled. Someone mentioned Rick Santorum said Trump missed a chance to show a different side. Duh! He doesn’t have another side! Barbara HH
9/30/20 — Hi, guys. I’m finally able to add my two cents’ worth. Yes, I guess I kind of agree with everything that each of you has already said. Trump was just the most disturbing obnoxious big spoiled brat.
I disagree with feeling sorry for moderator Chris. He KNOWS Trump well, and he should have been more prepared to nip the bad behavior in the bud. Saying “please” to a brat doesn’t work, and he should know that. It was his fault that the whole thing was out of control.
No matter your arguments, I did not think Biden did a good job. For Biden, it was good. For the undecided voter, it was mediocre. I know that it would be impossible to talk coherently with someone interrupting; but Biden, too, KNOWS Trump. If he had simply ignored every comment and kept giving his response into the camera, he would have made some headway.
Nonetheless, Biden came out on top, and I guess that is what really matters. I can’t imagine sitting through another one, but I’m looking forward to Harris vs Pence. She is so cool! Hugs to you all, Liz Webfoot
I have received my ballot — in an envelope filled with all kinds of safeguards which I find a bit confusing. There are: Official Ballot, Reply Envelope, Certification of Person Assisting Voter, List of Ballot Drop Off Box Locations, and Instructions for Mail-In Voting
A bit worrisome. If I were a first-time voter, I think it would be very intimidating; but I’m hoping the newspaper will explain– not that everyone reads the newspaper.
We have early voting, election day voting, and large ballot drop boxes are being installed in many locations in the county. There are camera(s) on them at all times, and they are emptied twice a day. When early voting starts, there will also be a ballot drop box outside each voting place. Liz Webfoot
9/30/20 — I should put this in the humor column. Jenifer Grant Marx sent it to me. Liz WF
Based on the projected number of voters, registered at each site, that are likely to vote, a rota is set up designation x watchers from each above party (cited above). The total # of poll watchers is determined by Bard of Elections and must represent all parties in the state. Hours are assigned 1,2,3- most I’ve seen for one person.
(Now understand that there are those that won’t vote (a %age) Political clubs might help assign those registered to vote so that there are similar numbers #s from each party plus what in Fl is called no party, or independent) If more than half of your precinct voters are of Party A, you’ll have more than half of that #of p.w. assigned, or 1/3 of independents etc.)
In Florida rules are strict — poll watchers may not talk to poll workers or to voters. The exception is any conversation or question must be addressed to the Clerk of the Precinct. That person will do any follow up to poll watcher’s concern that is necessary.
The Board of Elections for which I have worked is reluctant to send Poll Watchers to their own precinct. To much tendency to greet or get involved in conversation with voters, which then distracts staff and voters, which distracts the focus of attention. I don’t know how all states manage poll watchers, or indeed all Fl counties. But please don’t just get up on election morning and decide you are going to watch what happens at your polling place and dress up and go there.
After making sure that you had already voted, I would be obligated to call the police and have you removed. Poll Work is a long day of hard work. I, as a committee of one, am grateful for poll watchers. If you really want to do it, contact your Board of Elections or whatever its called and find out the process where you are. It is a tedious task but important. Maggie Gat
Joe Biden is a stutterer. Like many others, he has overcome the disability by understanding it and exercising extraordinary perseverance and discipline. If you know and love a stutterer and you watched the presidential debate last night, within minutes it became obvious what was going on. Abusive tone of voice, rapid fire interruptions, zigzagging change of topic, personal insult and humiliation, and family pain are all tripwires that scramble a stutterer’s ability to speak. There was nothing unplanned or spontaneous in the President’s strategy. They prepped him to attack Joe’s disability hoping that by triggering his stuttering they might deceive an audience unfamiliar with the disability into thinking that Joe was stupid, weak, uncertain, confused, or lost to dementia. [We should all be aware of] the subtle but intense struggle against the disability that Joe was winning at the same time he was struggling to advance his positions on the issues in the midst of a rhetorical shit storm.” Rocki Hill Hughes
10/2/20 — Hi, friends. I was surprised this morning to see no posts from our chat group. Are we sick of the election, of the debate, of COVID-19, of schooling, and whether or not to reopen what?
The good news is that Donald and Melania have tested positive. Unfortunatley he got plasma immediately and will have only a mild case. So much for my fantasy….
I spent yesterday afternoon text-banking for Nebraska, and in between those calls, I’ve been writing more postcards to Pennsylvania (I’m now at 300 to Florida and 300 to PA). I am terribly upset about Trump’s interference in the Philly polls and his new legislation to try to really screw up the state — all so that HE can challenge the veracity of the election and make the decision as to who wins Pennsylvania. I fear riots beyond riots. I went to bed late and woke up early — feel like hell and can’t stop thinking about his interference. Please let someone figure out how to stop him.
You Pennsylvania people, what do you see and hear? Thank you all for being there.
I sincerely apologize to any Republicans in our group, but it is impossible for me not to keep rambling on. If some of you are still for Trump, please let us hear why. We won’t jump on you — we are interested to know why you support him. Honestly. Cheers —
10/2/20 — Don’t worry. I along with many of my local friends here in PA are voting by absentee ballot. I turned mine in yesterday. There was even a woman sitting outside the building asking me if I had signed the outside envelope. We’ll be okay. Jennifer B-C Seaver, West Chester, Pennsylvania
10/2/20 — I hope you are right about PA, Jennifer. Trump is rigging the election so he can claim the election was rigged. And what about TX where they are closing all but one ballot drop off box in each county? This is just so sickening.
Speaking of sick, Trump got his “just dessert”. My fear here, though, is he will have a light case and inform the world it’s no big deal, not to worry about getting it.
Liz, to answer your question, I am sick of it all, but I still read and listen to everything and make myself more frustrated by the hour. Unfortunately, it won’t be over on Nov. 3 either. It helps to know there are a lot of us out there for support and venting. Hugs to all, Barbara Hartt Hise
10/2/20 — Jennifer, Have you written/called your STATE rep about HR 1032? The EVIL bill that would “create a “Committee on Election Integrity” that would give Republicans power to interfere with the election now in progress. This committee could subpoena election officials during the election, seize ballots and ballot boxes, and subpoena postal workers and seize mailbags on the way to the election board. These measures would put the safety and security of the election at risk and slow down the counting of votes.
Quoted from my State rep, Leanne Krueger. Liz T
I cheered when I read the news about Trump’s positive test but you’re probably right Liz, he’ll get a mild case and then tell everyone it’s no big deal! Kim
10/2/20 — North Carolina was the first state to send out absentee ballots. We received ours on Sep 5. We filled them out, took them down to the Board of Elections ourselves and received an email from them saying our ballots were received and accepted. Done!
Kay Bloecker Nelson
10/2/20 –Hawaii is the “bluest” state in the union, then Vermont. We have had mail-in only voting for a year and the primary here went very well. Our ballots arrive 18 days before Nov. 3. Stay safe! Aloha, Ann
10/8/20 – I got a great pic: