My name is Erin and I have a formidable addiction to the first-hand experience. The craving started early. I was the sixth kid born in an eight year flurry of procreation . My father was Irish. My Mother, a smartass. Comedy was the dominant trait in my family. My imagination was fueled by epic dinner time stories artfully presented by the “big kids”. As if that wasn’t enough, I was also born on the Iron Range. Most of my friends had Grandparents who still carried the thick accent from exotic sounding places like Greece, Italy, Poland or Finland.
Eagle River, Alaska
I believe in equality. The value of a person cannot be measured by their gender, their faith, the contents of their wallet or the color of their skin. I believe in fairness. Resources should be shared, laws apply to everyone affording equal opportunity, protection and punishment. I believe in compassion. In the end, love is all that matters and love demands action in the face of suffering. I believe in diversity. Individuals should be shielded from the tyranny of the majority. Codifying popular opinion promotes fear, fosters mediocracy and stifles innovation. I believe in education. Its our best hope for understanding, good citizenship and innovation. I believe that capitalist entrepreneurship stimulates progress. But, a business license should not excuse bad citizenship, neither should it entitle unregulated greed. I believe that truth is truth, right is right and no amount of might can change that fact. I believe the title “patriot” has been has been mis-appropriated by right wing group hate groups. It has become a symbol for those who profess to love America, but preach hate for people who live here. (I call them “hate-riots”) I love my country. I believe in the American people. I am an American Matriot and we are rising.