Best Wishes for a Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I have been mulling over closing over this blog and starting one on U.S. politics and public policy (reasons therefor explained in my last post).  I decided not to.  Here’s why.

I follow some very good fiber-related blogs written by people who are religious.  Most (sometimes all) of their posts include something religious.  As a person who is most definitely non-religious, I just skip over those parts.  Other fiber-related posts I follow are written by people who regularly talk about their children or pets.  I’m more interested in reading how they solved a tricky problem in designing a sweater than reading about how cute their child or pet looked in that sweater, so, as I have a lot to read, I skip the those parts too.

So I decided to keep but will include links to U.S. political or policy information that I think may be of interest to those who appreciate political information from an empirical and rational basis.  If a reader isn’t interested, s/he can just skip over that part.  Voila!

First such post:  With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office (source: Moyers & Company’s “Morning Reads,” 1/3/2017).   According to CNN:

“House Republicans voted 119-74 during a closed-door meeting in favor of Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s proposal, which would place the independent Office of Congressional Ethics under the control of those very lawmakers, a move that outraged Democrats and outside ethics organizations. The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on it as part of a larger rules package up for consideration Tuesday.”

What is the Office of Congressional Ethics?  Its website explains:

“Established March 11, 2008, by House Resolution 895, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) is the first ever independent body overseeing the ethics of the House of Representatives. The OCE was formed after members of a congressional task force proposed an independent entity in the U.S. House to increase accountability and transparency. The OCE’s mission is to assist the U.S. House in upholding high ethical standards with an eye toward increasing transparency and providing information to the public. The OCE reviews allegations of misconduct against House Members, officers, and staff and, when appropriate, refers investigations to the House Ethics Committee for further review.”

Any U.S. representative supporting such a move should be ashamed – and shamed!  This morning I wrote my U.S. Representative, Jaime Herrera Beutler.  If holding our representatives to high ethical standards is important to you, I urge you write your representative immediately.  (Click here to find your representative.  You’ll be able to email your representative directly from that site.)



About sweatyknitter

Fiber art devotee, author, and amateur artisan bread baker.
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7 Responses to Best Wishes for a Happy New Year

  1. Libby says:

    Glad you have decided to stay. I’m not a political animal and, like many in the UK, don’t understand the US political system – I can skim, skip….or learn!


  2. Perfect! I can now enjoy both your political commentary and your fiber-related posts.


  3. Susan says:

    Good idea as long as it doesn’t make you crazy!! I did hear about this tricky move……


  4. [J+D] Good decision. But you know what, sometimes we find ourselves reading the bits we normally skip … and then suddenly we think, life is so much more interesting taken in the round. So much of life is inter-related.


  5. catCath says:

    Oh…your blog just became even more infesting to me! I’ll look forward to your links as the articles will probably be different from those we get in Australia!


  6. salpal1 says:

    Glad you made this decision- we can all skip and skim. 😉


  7. Glad to hear it… and I welcome your political posts!


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