Red vs. blue. Right vs. left. Republican vs. Democrat. Politicians, consultants, analysts and commentators all talking over each other — getting louder and louder, uglier and uglier. Hours are spent over things that don’t really matter: which side is getting bought out by lobbyists (hint, it’s everyone), and who said what about so and so (character attacks are SO 2018).
So what really matters to your quality of life?
- Seven local tax increase proposals facing voters
- Supervisors approving new drug and alcohol rehab registration without a cost estimate or funding plan
- What Orange County cities are doing — and not doing — about the homelessness criss that is driving people to live in backyards, on bus benches and in community parks
“The only real radicalism in our time will come as it always has — from people who insist on thinking for themselves and who reject party-mindedness.”
– Christopher Hitchens, author
Think what might happen if just a trickle of the hundreds of millions spent on hit mail and attack ads was diverted to real news with real facts.
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