Two Americas

  By Denise Candea, Charlotte County Dems writer The Charlotte Sun newspaper recently featured a full-page story about cosmetic Botox. It seems that our COVID-induced “quarantine” has some folks unhappy with their Zoom faces. Since we’re wearing masks in public anyway, this may be the ideal time for secret cosmetic surgery. It’s expensive and not…

Your Social Security payment is not safe in Trump’s America

By Linda Porterfield, Charlotte County Dems writer A recent executive order could seriously alter your retirement plans and income, as well as critical income for children and persons with disabilities. Under the guise of stimulating our struggling economy, Trump’s recent executive order to temporarily eliminate the payroll tax could turn into a permanent action if…

America Is My Home Now

State Committeewoman at Charlotte County Democratic Party and Precinct Captain #38 at Charlotte County Democratic Party – Dr. Lucy Huyke Garner Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a Charlotte County Dems Profile series, Influencers, by Linda Conklin, a Charlotte County Dems writer. Dr. Lucy Huyke Garner demonstrates her influence by listening. When talking with…

Violent rhetoric stokes violent behavior

Denise Candea, Charlotte County Dems writer Last Saturday I participated in a sign-waving event for the Biden/Harris presidential ticket at the Charlotte County Democratic Offices at 3596 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.  Most cars passed peacefully, many waving and honking support. As is typical, some expressed their disapproval with the upraised middle-finger salute. Or one…

Who are those people waving on Tamiami Trail?

By Linda Porterfield, Charlotte County Dems writer You may have seen us on Saturday mornings or Tuesday afternoons standing by the north side of Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte. We’re wearing blue or sometimes crazy apparel, holding Biden-Harris, David Jones or Allen Ellison signs (occasionally all three!) and rigorously waving. Frequently we receive an appreciative…

Tom Garner’s “Aha” Moment

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a Charlotte County Dems Profile series, Influencers, by Linda Conklin,  a Charlotte County Dems writer. Florida Democratic Party State Committeeman representing Charlotte County-Tom Garner Growing up in a small community seemed idyllic to Tom Garner. “I felt everything I could ever want was right there in Gritney, Florida”,…

Why we celebrate Labor Day

by Charlotte County Dems The Labor Movement built the American middle class. We enjoy the end to child labor, better pay, 40-hour workweek, overtime pay, health insurance, family and medical leave, worker safety, and much more because workers fought for their well-earned and fair compensations. Labor Day celebrates these hard-fought gains. According to the U.…

An Economic Fairy Tale

By Denise Candea, Charlotte County Dems writer We faced a bleak economic future when Obama took office in 2009.  Banks were failing and markets were in free fall. Although the Republican-led Congress effectively stonewalled him during all but the first two years of his administration, Obama did a masterful job moving the economy forward. Unemployment,…

Police reform – it’s complicated

By Denise Candea, Charlotte County Dems writer The Contours of Atlanta’s Policing Debate, by George Chidi in The Intercept, August 17, discusses the complexities of public safety, police reform, and the need to involve all the stakeholders in decision making. There is an important message for White people in the article. Paraphrasing Aaron Burr from…