Politically Speaking — The Insider’s News and Picks
Some housekeeping items before I get to the good stuff!
Please be sure to visit the Politically Speaking — Submission Guidelines page for an updated review of our guidelines (closer to the bottom of the page) that now includes helpful tips for both new and existing contributors.
Due to our increasingly heavy volumes, I have had to put a turnaround time for the publishing of articles. We happily have seen an increase in both contributors and submissions (yes, you can see one without the other)! This means that there may be times when I am unable to publish your work on the same day. Please allow 24–48 hours for your work to be reviewed and evaluated/published/rejected. Sometimes, volumes…and life… dictate the timeline!
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Thank You to the Following Contributors
Our contributors are nothing short of awesome, but I can no longer spend the time tracing which articles have been chosen for further distribution (once known as “curated”). I am sorry but it’s too difficult to keep up with the volume and keep a record of those articles chosen.
However, I thought as an extension of my gratitude and as a way to continue to build our community, it would be helpful to recognize those who gave their time and creativity during the past week.
Politically Speaking would like to thank the following people for contributing to our publication this past week:
Bryan Winchell, Darren Richardson, Joe Valachi, D J B, Richard Turcotte, Francesco Rizzuto, Connor Copeland, Douglas Perkins, Adeetee Bhide, Rowan Pike, David Martin, Brian Kean, Caren White, Kristy Lynn, SnarkWell, Mary DeVries, Brooke Ramey Nelson, Melissa Janda, Jose Luis Ontanon Nunez, Nick Baker, eccentricities, Jeff Marzick, James Sullivan, AJ Krow, Dr. Zach Zachariah, Erika Anne Sauter, Kevin King, Jerry Roth, Kevin Breidenbach, Mark C. Hackett, John Dean, Carmelo San Paolo, Peter Ramirez, John Levin, Lance Cummings PhD
What a great list of authors and a great week of articles!
The Insider’s Picks
Our contributors this week were fearless! I’m going to start by calling out new contributor Lance Cummings PhD for making us rethink what we know about 2 + 2 and highlighting why it is so very important to take our blinders off and see systemic racism where we didn’t really expect it.
While the citizens of the U.S. line up to get our COVID-19 vaccines, Brian Kean shows us what it’s like to get vaccinated in Russia…and tells us how he fared!
I Just Had My First COVID Vaccine Shot in Russia
The Sputnik-V shot was finished last summer and the whole world was skeptical— I am no longer one of them
Lest we forget that we still live in a tempestuous political climate, Melissa Janda reminded me of my own family dynamic while writing about her cringeworthy experiences with our political divide. Her question is right on the money — “Will we ever recover?”
Adam Kinzinger, You’re Not the Only One
Trump has left a trail of devastation in the wake of his presidency, from a fragile democracy to broken families
With unwavering wit and a wry sense of humor that made me laugh out loud as I read it, Caren White calls out Sen. Ted Cruz for just being…well…out of it!
Does Ted Cruz Even Know What’s Going On In Washington?
He has announced his intention to question Garland about opening a DOJ investigation into a matter that is already…
Let’s not forget about the student loan debt crisis. Mary DeVries wants us to think about this debate from a different perspective. We need to fix the issue of funding college educations in the first place, but would it hurt the economy to consider the debt crisis?
I’ve Sent 3 Kids to College Debt-Free AND I Think We Should Cancel Federal Student Loan Debt
It’s the fairest thing to do
The Last Word
Just a reminder to review the Submission Guidelines, read a few articles when you can, and thank you…thank you for contributing to and reading Politically Speaking! 2852 followers and counting!
Go forth and read…and have a great week!
The Insider, Scott Tarlo