Gary Lerude

April 17, 2021

New Hampshire Mask Mandate

Today the governor of New Hampshire, Chris Sununu, let the mask mandate expire. It was implemented statewide on November 20 of last year, although mandates had been implemented earlier in the pandemic by towns and businesses. In a press release, the governor justified his decision by claiming ““a reduction in the state’s 7-day average ...
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April 4, 2021


Growing up, from fourth grade through high school, I attended church with my mother most Sunday mornings, a Methodist church the first few years, American Baptist during high school. My mother was deeply religious, my father not at all, and they did not attend church. After divorcing my father, she resumed going to church and introduce...
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March 28, 2021

Georgia, Latest Voting Battleground

The foundation of a representative democracy is the idea of the governed electing representatives to "govern" them, i.e., make and carry out laws and policies supporting those laws and, more broadly, act in the best long-term interests of their constituents. Also part of this democratic foundation is who falls in the category of the go...
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March 27, 2021

All We Have Is Today

I find it paradoxical that we can only live in this moment, yet we spend so much of these moments ruminating about the past or planning for — worse, worrying about — the future. Bouncing between the past and future, we lose touch with this moment, then look back at it when it's too late to be present in it. One of the intentions of my ...
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March 25, 2021

Remembering Kenny

March 24, 2021 The woman's voice on the voicemail message softly said she was calling on behalf of the family to tell me Kenny died this morning. I knew this was coming, just not when. Several weeks ago, a former colleague of ours had emailed me, advising Kenny was receiving hospice care. There was no more that could be done to stop th...
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March 21, 2021

More on the Filibuster

The Washington Post's Post Reports podcast did a comprehensive story about the filibuster on Friday, covering its origins, evolution, and current arguments about modifying or eliminating it. Very well done. For me, the takeaways are: 1 — The founding fathers did not implement the filibuster, nor support the idea. Adam Jentleson, author...
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March 20, 2021

What's The Point?

My last blog post contemplated happiness, and I quoted the Dalai Lama's expression that "the purpose of life is to find happiness." While meditating this morning, I found my thoughts pointing to a different answer: the purpose of life is to serve and, in some way, leave the world better for having lived. I've long held that belief, hav...
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March 17, 2021


Each morning, the Chill app on my iPhone shares a spiritual quote. Today's was from American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864): “"Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may f...
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March 14, 2021

Remembering George Floyd

The City of Minneapolis will pay $27 million to the family of George Floyd, the Black man who died after being handcuffed by police and held on the ground by officer Derek Chauvin, Chauvin's knee wedged in Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd was stopped by police because a convenience store clerk claimed he used a counterfe...
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March 14, 2021

Is the Filibuster Undermining Democracy?

President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill Thursday, making it law and releasing a flood of federal funding. The legislation passed solely with the votes of Democrats — no Republican support in either the House or Senate. Before being sworn in as president, Biden said he wanted the measure to be bipartisan, causin...
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