Get Your Pens Out! Postcarding Issues/Addresses and Federal Rule Change Comment Sites for 9/1/2019

You can find national postcarding write-ups here:

You can find California postcarding write ups here:

You can find info about proposed federal rules changes and links to the official comment sites here:

Issues/Addresses for Postcarding and Federal Comment Links for the Week of 8/11/19-8/17/19

Hi All!

Here’s the link to this week’s issues/addresses write-ups for postcarding:

You can find this week’s info and write-ups for proposed federal rules changes here:

Please use and share as you see fit. Thank you!

Issues, Addresses, and Federal Comment Opportunities for 7/27/19-8/4/19

The August recess is coming up, which means we’ll have chances to speak to our Congressmembers on our home turf—meanwhile, let’s keep writing!

Here are national issues/addresses postcarding write ups for this week:

Here are California issues/addresses postcarding write-ups for this week:

And here are links to comments pages for federal rules changes, courtesy of my fabulous friend Martha:

If you’d like to receive weekly write-ups via email, click on the title of this post. You’ll be taken to a page where you can scroll down and leave a comment with your email address. Your address will not be published on the blog. I’ll just add you to my mailing list then delete the comment without making it “live.”

Issues, Addresses, and Federal Comment Opportunities for the Week of July 21-27

You can find this week’s issues/addresses write-ups here. Topics include justice for asylum-seekers, a domestic workers’ bill of rights, an unreleased USDA climate change plan, FBI and ICE use of states’ DMV databases, and more.

And, from my friend Martha, this week’s links to comment sites for proposed federal rule changes includingTrump’s asylum ban (#2 under New), more reducing energy efficiency, agricultural worker protections, long term care facilities, and more.

If you’d like to receive weekly write-ups via email, click on the title of this post. You’ll be taken to a page where you can scroll down and leave a comment with your email address. Your address will not be published on the blog. I’ll just add you to the list then delete the comment without sending it “live.”

Issues/Addresses Write-Ups for 7/7/2019 and Links to Comment Sites for Federal Rules Changes

Here are this week’s issues/addresses write-ups for postcarding. Look them over and choose the ones that speak to you. Thank you for speaking out!

National write-ups are here:

California write-ups for those that want them are here: ?

In case you want it, here’s the big, monthly list of national issues my postcarding group worked with on Saturday. It includes material from the last four weeks.

Also–a LOT of problematic Federal rules changes are up online, including privacy issues and state-by-state changes to ozone standards. To go easily to individual comment pages start here, with my friend Martha’s excellent write-ups:

Issues/Addresses Write-ups and Federal Comment Links for the Week of 6/29/2019

Hi All-

Here are this weeks issues/addresses write-ups. Thanks for sticking with this work of trying to hold our government accountable and for speaking your truth.

National issues are here:

California issues are here:

Finally, here’s this week’s amazing work by my friend Martha who tracks all the proposed federal rule changes open for public comment and makes them easy to respond to:

Because Sometimes You Just Need an Escapist Mystery Novel

[If you’re here for the issues/addresses write-ups for postcarding, just scroll down. They’re right below.]

One of my favorite summer pleasures is reading mystery novels. I confess to a weakness for particular tropes: famous writers as detectives, historical novels with narrators who both reflect and question the times in which they live, unreliable narrators, female detectives, and anything involving epidemic disease, particularly plague. In the last week or so, I’ve read a quartet of mysteries that I can comfortably recommend to readers with similar interests.

Light in the Shadows by Linda Lafferty and Andy Stone, Lake Union Publishing, published 1 June, 2019,

Light in Shadows moves between two timelines: one during the life of bad-boy painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, whose career crossed from the late 1500s to the early 1600s; the other set in the present day and featuring an unlikely trio of characters—an art history student, a gay son from a mafia family, and a retired professor taking classes in Italy while mourning his wife’s death—trying to solve the murder of a priest who may, or may not, have discovered an unknown Caravaggio painting. Caravaggio comes across as a fascinating, but not very pleasant man, which concurs with the little I know about his life. These chapters are action-packed, but the real heart of the novel lies in the trio of amateur detectives negotiating very difficult relationships with themselves and with one another. Discovering whether the painting is a Caravaggio becomes much less important than seeing how the connections among these three develop.

Season of Darkness by Cora Harrison, Severn House, publishing date 1 July, 2019,

Season of Darkness features Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins as the sleuthing team, aided—or not—by housemaid Sesina, who was friends with the murder victim at the heart of the story. Dickens and Collins are an effective pair, the one much more self-assured than the other, which gives them an interesting mix of dissimilar strengths. The author sets enough false trails to keep readers guessing until the fast-paced ending. The depiction of the class divides in English society at the time, particularly the rather condescending “generosity” of some in the upper classes gives readers something to mull over after the mystery is solved.

Black Death by M.J. Trow, Severn House, publishing date 1 July, 2019,

In Black Death our sleuth is Christopher Marlowe, playwright and intelligencer. Robert Greene, a competitor and enemy since their college days, has died after penning a letter to Marlowe claiming he is being murdered and asking Marlowe to bring the killer to justice. From here, the plot grows increasingly complex, with two other possible murders, an epidemic of plague, a subplot set in Bedlam, and both an unscrupulous plague doctor with apprentices and the great alchemist John Dee. Shakespeare—a not particularly bright, not particularly gifted Shakespeare—provides moments of comedy within the action. And, oh yes, there’s a bear. If you have any interest in Tudor history or drama you’ll be delighted with this read that pulls in many of the eras key characters and concerns.

The Leaden Heart by Chris Nickson, Severn House, publishing date 1 July, 2019,

I’ve been reading the Tom Harper series, set in late 19th Century Leeds, since its inception, and it continues to reward. In The Leaden Heart, Harper is now a Detective Superintendent; Leeds remains a grimy, industrial city with a significant wealth gap. When the brother of a former colleague commits suicide, Harper finds that a new kind of crime, involving complex financial dealings, is stretching the skills of his station house. Meanwhile, Harper’s wife Annabelle continues to serve as a poor law commissioner, simultaneously struggling against the mistreatment of the city’s poorest residents while battling with the misogyny of the other commissioners, all of whom are men determined to reject any idea proposed by a woman.

2019.06.22 Issues/Addresses Updates and Links for Comments on Federal Rules Changes

Here are this week’s Issues/Addresses write-ups. Remember—we don’t have to agree on everything. Use the parts of this list that speak to you and ignore those that don’t. Democracy isn’t an exercise in lock-step marching.

As always, please use/share/distribute as you see fit.

National Issues/Addresses

California Issues/Addresses

And here’s my friend Martha’s list of crucial proposed federal rules changes and links to the official comment pages. Federal agencies are required to post rules changes before they go into effect and are also required to take into consideration comments in response to those proposed changes. Using the official comment page for each item is the best way to ensure your voice is heard.