League of Women Voters offers guide
Have you ever been confused about your voting districts for city, county, state and national races? Perhaps you haven't voted because you can't remember the districts you are in and don't know the candidates and what they stand for.
The League of Women Voters has created a one-stop, online voter guide to cut through the confusion: vote411.org.
At vote411.org, you simply input your address, click, enter and you can see your personalized ballot and compare all your candidates' positions laid out in their own words.
Pursuit of happiness found in each of us
The pursuit of happiness is one of the inalienable rights of American citizens written in the Declaration of Independence. Everyone has the God-given right to strive for happiness. What is happiness? How can we get it?
Happiness is a lasting human goal. The idea of living well and happy is quite subjective. Some people think the life of happiness is what fits their idea of having fun. They want to live a life that is full of pleasure. The life of pleasure is not necessarily the same as a life well lived.
Religious people believe in the promise of everlasting happiness after death, even if things are not so good now. Religious concepts can be comforting in difficult times, yet they're not quite the same as what the Declaration of Independence means.
Is happiness possible? If it was, then that is the point of life, and three things contribute to happiness and make the point of life: what you are, what you have and what others think of you. The most important of these three is "What you are." Maybe the pursuit of happiness is found internally in each of us.
Vote for candidate who won't end ACA
The Times Free Press article that reported the individual marketplace in Tennessee will be getting more insurers under the Affordable Care Act, thereby increasing competition for consumers, is good news as it will lead to only moderate premium increases.
The bad news is that the Trump administration wants to increase premiums for those between 50 and 64, as well as bring back pre-existing conditions, which will lead to two individual markets, one for young, healthy people and one for older, sick people. The majority of Americans support the ACA, and millions have been insured who otherwise would not have been. Uninsured people cost all of us in the form of higher premiums. Chuck Fleischmann has consistently voted to repeal the ACA.
We need elected officials that will pledge to support the ACA so all Americans will have access to affordable health care.