When you drink water out of your faucet, you expect that it is safe and free from toxic chemicals. The residents of Flint expected no lead to be in their water. The residents of Hinkley, California, expected their water to not contain the toxic chemical hexavalent chromium. And a farmer in West Virginia expected that PFAS not be in the water on his farm. This book recounts attorney Robert Bilott's two decade battle with DuPont.
Whether a Democrat or Republican, this book is a must-read to understand in more detail what happened during the 2016 Presidential election. I decided to listen to it this year in preparation of the upcoming Presidential election. We need to ensure that foreign powers do not interfere in our election (yes, Russia, among others), and ensure that "fake news" is not shared. One can have their own opinion, but not their own facts. Read (or listen!) the book to learn more.
Trayvon Martin was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida in 2014. The killer initially hid behind a controversial law referred to as Stand Your Ground. A young, black teenager was taken from this world, most likely because of this law, and a neighborhood watch volunteer who should never have been in possession of a gun while patrolling the neighborhood. This book is written from the viewpoint of Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon's mother) and Tracy Martin (Trayvon's father). One can only imagine the magnitude of loss these parents feel from losing their son, and the killer not only not getting arrested, but eventually being charged after a special prosecutor is assigned, and then getting acquitted.
This novel by George Orwell is quite interesting, especially if one is familiar with the inner workings of government. The idea of always being watched, and maybe even thoughts monitored, is a scary proposition. It is one that would not stand in the United States of America, thanks to our Constitution and three separate but equal branches of government. If one branch were to step in the wrong direction, it would most likely be checked by another branch. This is one reason the United States of America has been so successful. If interested in a stroll down the opposite path, read on...
This book is an amazing view into the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice John Paul Stevens served 34 years on the court, and wrote more than 1,000 opinions. He recounts many important periods in his life, and many important decisions on the bench. President Gerald Ford appointed him to the bench (and also said he was prepared to let "history's judgment" of his presidency rest exclusively on that decision), and President Barack Obama appointed his successor, Justice Elena Kagan.
The Mueller Report, officiallly known as the Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, is a long, but important read. The report discusses how the Russian government was involved with trying to sway our national elections. The report also discusses many allegations of conspiracy or coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia. This report is a must-read for all Americans, as it shows how fragile democracy can be, but also how the United States of America's democray is strong, and able to withstand issues such as these. The separation of powers and three branches of government are essential in ensuring our democracy continues to thrive.