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Tuesday, October 15, 1996

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  • Healthcare Crisis and Alternative Medicines

    In 1992, health care reform was one of the major issues in the presidential election. In 1996, you barely hear a mention of it. In fact, the only presidential candidates who’ve been talking seriously about health care reform are third party candidates like the Green Party’s Ralph Nader who calls for a single payer system and John Hagelin of the Natural Law Party who questions the disease care model in this country that emphasizes high tech intervention instead of preventative medicine. As more Americans experience the limitations of our health care system, more and more people are turning to alternative therapies, most of which are not covered by health insurance.

  • Clinton and Lesbian and Gays

    According to the Washington Post, The Clinton Re-election campaign has placed some ads on Christian Radio stations that boast of his opposition to gay and lesbian marriage. Clinton is lucky this news didn’t come out a few days ago, when hundreds of thousands of lesbians and gay men and their families were in Washington D.C. to see the complete AIDS memorial quilt. On Saturday night, thousands walked through the streets of the nation’s capitol for a powerful candlelight vigil to remember the dead and fight like hell for those living with HIV or AIDS. The vigil did not pass by the White House. The only major act of protest this weekend was by ACT-UP which held a funeral procession and scattered ashes of the dead on the White House Lawn to protest Presidential Inaction on AIDS. Clinton has blocked a national needle exchange program and he never instituted the Manhattan Project he promised in order to find a cure. President Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al and Tipper Gore did, however, visit the AIDS memorial Quilt on display on the Mall.

  • PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION

    IN RECENT YEARS, FEWER AND FEWER PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TURNING OUT AT THE POLLS, PERHAPS BECAUSE THEY FEEL AS IF THEIR VOTE DOESN’T MATTER, PERHAPS BECAUSE THE CANDIDATES THEY LIKE MOST DON’T STAND A CHANCE AGAINST A WEALTHY OPPONENT. WELL, THERE ARE EFFORTS UNDER WAY NATIONWIDE IN THIS ELECTION YEAR TO REFORM THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM IN ORDER TO INCREASE THE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE VOTING AND TO INCREASE THE DIVERSITY OF VOICES IN THE POLITICAL SYSTEM. ONE OF THOSE EFFORTS CONCERNS PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION. A SYSTEM WIDELY USED IN VARIOUS EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. IN WHICH VOTERS GET TO RANK THE CANDIDATES. IN ITS BIGGEST TEST TO DATE, A FORM OF PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION CALLED PREFERENCE VOTING WILL BE ON THE BALLOT IN SAN FRANCISCO THIS NOVEMBER.

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