Some REAL Patriots on this horrific day AND why you should keep the faith!

Some REAL Patriots on this horrific day AND why you should keep the faith!.

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ELECTIONS AND OUR FUTURE !

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I can’t believe this day is finally here. After countless speeches, debates, debacles, political posturing and lots of polling, the people get to decide. 

I loved going  seeing the long lines at the polls this morning. Mildred Raymond, of Andover, has been a poll worker for 6 years and said she has never seen it this busy. In fact, polls opened at 7am at Andover High School, but she says lines started outside at 6:15 am.

I’m glad turn out is expected to be high. I don’t care if you are voting for a candidate just to get the incumbent out, or because you are afraid what a change another candidate may bring cold look like. 

As an immigrant, I get especially upset when people say they do not want to vote because they hate politics and politicians.

Really!!!???

Try living in a country where you do not have a…

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Some REAL Patriots on this horrific day AND why you should keep the faith!

200px-BostonmarathonlogoAfter about 4 hours of watching the coverage of the senseless Boston Marathon explosions unfold on local TV, (first saw it on TV at work at 3:05pm), I got a call from my sister Bernadett saying, ” Shut the news OFF NOW!”.

I had not told her anything. She knew. She just knew!

The tragedy in Boston on Patriots/Marathon/ Tax Day, is… well… devastating, disheartening, discouraging… I could go on, but I don’t want to! As a two time Boston Marathon runner, (running the 100th was one of the most memorable events of my life), and someone who wrote a Masters Thesis on “Woman who Ran the Boston Marathon: Social Cultural,Political Implications”,  you could say,  I have a certain connection to the event.

That connection was dormant for several years, but being back in Boston  rekindled it quickly. Before the race, I posted several places of how excited I was for the runners. I had chills Sunday before  the Marathon, as I interview 4 people getting ready to run 26.2 miles (some for the first time) the very next day. Four, what some may call ordinary people : a nurse, a cop, a teacher and a coach. For several months leading up to April 15th, 2013, they all hit the pavement while others were sleeping or with friends and family, through snow, rain, heat or cold, and when they really did not feel like running, or when it hurt!!! But they pushed through it because they knew they would be running to raise money for special causes: Boston Children’s Hospital,  Melanoma Foundation of NE, Girl Scouts of E. Mass and Girls on The Run. There are countless others running for other causes.

On this day it is important, (thank you Britta Dubbels), to acknowledge how many people set out with beautiful intentions to run the Boston Marathon to help improve/save/enrich the lives of others! I had the privilege to talk to them for an hour on Eagle radio. Here is a 20 minute excerpt from Sunday’s Hometown Talents and Treasures on Eagle Radio.

Let me know your thoughts!

ELECTIONS AND OUR FUTURE !

I can’t believe this day is finally here. After countless speeches, debates, debacles, political posturing and lots of polling, the people get to decide. 

I loved going  seeing the long lines at the polls this morning. Mildred Raymond, of Andover, has been a poll worker for 6 years and said she has never seen it this busy. In fact, polls opened at 7am at Andover High School, but she says lines started outside at 6:15 am.

I’m glad turn out is expected to be high. I don’t care if you are voting for a candidate just to get the incumbent out, or because you are afraid what a change another candidate may bring cold look like. 

As an immigrant, I get especially upset when people say they do not want to vote because they hate politics and politicians.

Really!!!???

Try living in a country where you do not have a voice, and decisions on what you can wear, buy, study or say is decided by a government that is at best corrupt, at worst terrorists.

I for one enjoy, the speeches and the open commentary that follows. Debates are like watching a  football or boxing match, with each side pulling punches, taking blows and playing it up for the cameras. Do you think this type of open campaigning happens in some Middle East or communist countries? 

Consider it not only a right, but also duty. A duty to show to others around the world that democracy is alive, working, and flourishing… no matter who you vote for.

Veep debate, Governor Mike Dukakis and more

This is super bowl season for me with all the political activities. Last night’s debate I thought was excellent! Both men performed at their peek- obviously lots at stake!

It was really interesting following the tweets and facebook posts! Both sides thought it was a slam dunk!  I think it was a draw!

This morning’s interview with Governor Mike Dukakis is here: http://www.spreecast.com/events/gov-mike-dukakis-live

At 79, Gov. Dukakis looks amazing and he is as enthusiastic as ever about politics and civic engagement. He did not hold back when talking about his thoughts on what he calls Gov. Romeny’s “failed economic plan” in Mass., his disdain for the Romney / Ryan ticket and support for Elizabeth Warren. The governor touched on his 1988 Presidential run, his regrets, and advice for the candidates. We also talked about current job as a professor   to get as many students as possible involved in politics. We also chatted about his running, Kitty’s Hungarian relative! And much more !