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Wes Rolley Morgan Hill, CA Owner: California Greening
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Greens come from many backgrounds. There are more than a few who were, like myself, once Republicans and who left that party... or rather found that the party left them. Right now, having found a political home with the Greens, I want to make sure that the Green Party of California does not leave me. I am too old to go through this again.

Maybe as much to the point as we go through the coming years, is the fact that I was born in the rural mid-west. My parents were very much the products of the Depression and that never left me. My father lost a lot of confidence along with his grocery store in 1930 as banks failed and credit dried up. Maybe I was always between knowing that I had some ability and knowing that failure was always just around the corner.

My mother frequently said that she often never knew where the next meal was coming from but that we never, ever went hungry.

Allergies to farm products (corn, wheat, oats, alfalfa) pushed us out of the midwest to Flagstaff, AZ when Barry Goldwater was a Senator and Stewart Udall was a Congressman, two men who shared an appreciation for our connections with the environment. Maybe that is what pulled me in the Green Party direction.

An interesting sidelight is that while living in Udall's district I went to High School with another future Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt.

Along the way, I went to a small christian college for small Christians, developed an appreciation for those who are seeking the truth about their lives and a distrust for those who say that the truth has been revealed to them.

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 20, 2008
Open Letter to Joseph Romm An Open Letter to Joseph Romm that outlines the shortcomings of primarily addressing already convinced advocates for a better set of climate, energy, agriculturalm economic policies. We know that you have to deal with these as a whole, not individually. In the meantime, your opponents are on CNN labeling it all as Enviro-Marxism.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 24, 2008
Science Debate 2008 The need for a government in which science informs our policy in undeniable. Decisions about water, energy, climate change, medical research will dominate our economy and politics for the foreseeable future.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 24, 2008
Institutional racism is still with us Racism still abounds in the United States. The events of 2007 in Jena, LA are one proof of that fact. Yet, nowhere is racism so institutionalize in our government than in the way we deal with Indian tribes and their legal or treaty rights.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Open Letter to the League of Conservation Voters An Open Letter to the League of Conservation Voters regarding their recently published "2008 Presidential Primaries Voter Guide", one that rightfully focuses on Climate Change as the overriding issue, but which also ignores the true possibility of change.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 30, 2007
Pass a Farm Bill Without Subsidies Politicians dance around the question of subsidies in the Farm Bill of 2007. Real reform becomes the victim of partisan politics.