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Eric Carrig

Louisville, Kentucky
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2 years 20 weeks

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Posted on 12/13/12 at 09:51 am in response to Do proposed laws need a ‘poverty impact statement’?

We need one spot where people can submit and compare strategies like this to reduce the plight of the poor and struggling. Then people could vote on the ideas they like most, and the winning ideas would be publicized to drive politicians to implement them.

Posted on 12/09/12 at 05:18 pm in response to Putting the state on the plate has significant benefits

While the government should be involved in advocating a healthy population and strategies to achieve that, do we really need the President to be involved? We should all be challenging our representatives – and ourselves -- BETWEEN elections to create a healthier alternative to the industrial food system based on public/private partnerships. makes it easier to participate, solve problems, and hold leaders accountable...

Please help people understand and solve the reality that throwing money at schools will not solve the systems problems! Urban public schools are different from suburban ones. Teaching quality is inconsistent, but not a universal problem. The administrative costs are excessive and processes are byzantine. Finally, there is a gap between what employers want and what schools provide. These are just some of the issues. There is a platform, ...

The best way to compete with buying influence is with an organized counter-movement. We need an easier, more robust way to participate, solve problems, and hold politicians accountable. Let people pick "campaign finance" -- or any other issue they care about -- invite experts or just regular citizens to submit VIABLE solutions in an easy-to-use format, and let people vote for the strategies they like most. Then turn the most popular, viable solutions into an agenda for politicians to follow...

Posted on 11/04/12 at 07:51 pm in response to Lockouts gain momentum as Minnesota employers seek upper hand

The point about being to use the internet to help organize is a god one. If it was easy to pick the issues that matter most -- organizing labor for example -- develop VIABLE solutions to challenges (like lack of bargaining power), vote for the strategies we prefer, and use the process to hold representatives accountable for implementing winning solutions, perhaps a new labor dynamic could emerge. @10,, deserves a look...

Posted on 10/16/12 at 08:28 am in response to 10 reasons why the Electoral College is a problem

How can we take an important piece like this and make it mainstream, then organize people around debating ways to solve it? The great points here lead directly to the zero-sum game we have today, which is causing the rancor and acrimony in America. We are made to feel that we MUST win because we will not be represented otherwise. The shortcomings of the Electoral College are examples of how this happens.

Posted on 10/10/12 at 08:30 am in response to Too often, cable TV news shows follow the party line

That the "news" needs to be told that people seek information that reinforces their beliefs simply tells me how out of touch the it is with what bothers Americans. It is frustration that no one is helping people feel secure or empowered -- that no one has a clue about what to do to put the United States back on track.

The mainstream media, at bottom, targets fear. People want peace of mind.

The opportunity good news people are missing is that fear is bred by uncertainty and a...

What a great couple of articles! Not only is there gridlock, our leaders leverage it to get what they want, holding America hostage in the process. What if there was a "competition" where people could answer the question "How can we bust gridlock in legislature?" Imagine having "solvers" enter their ideas in a template -- much like a business case or legal argument -- to describe their solution (but limit the length of answers like Twitter) and then inviting people to vote on the parts of...

This makes me think that for all the differences that regular people, the media, and politicians try to create between themselves and their opponents, it is more likely that we are very similar in how we assess moral behavior and that we can build from this instead of letting cultural forces use small differences to divide us.

Posted on 09/20/12 at 05:35 pm in response to Yes, we're getting fatter — but how do we reverse the trend?

Most programs to reduce obesity boil down to some combination changes to nutrition, exercise, and engagement with a coach or group of people to support you. Obesity has gotten so out of hand that the argument now involves potential changes to policy.

The problem is how to get a reasonably-sized movement to support one strategy to reduce the prevalence of obesity -- and likely go toe-to-toe with the medical and food establishment.

Minnpost should find five to seven people who...