After a seemingly endless barrage of election campaign garbage from the media (and. of course, the recorded messages on the telephone and the flyers in your mailbox) the election is over. What have we learned from the results? At least two things:
There are ways to fight this kind of ignorance:
On the local scene, we have an example of money apparently having its way in the re-election of a county councilman. In spite of the fact that this councilman has publicly stated that human-induced climate change is not proven and that "today's best available science is tomorrow's junk science," he received the backing of community business leaders, a blitz of campaign signs, ads and phone calls and the endorsement of a local newspaper. Money buys election in San Juan County, too.