What if our Politicians were Avengers?
By: Amy Lutz

I like superhero movies just as much as the next person. Ok, maybe more than the next person. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that I was one of the first in line for The Avengers movie last Friday night. Besides a brief cameo by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, I can say the movie exceeded my expectations. However, as I walked out of the theater, still reeling from the 3D action scenes and suspense, a question popped into my head. What if politicians were a bit more like The Avengers?  No, I’m not expecting Barney Frank to turn into a monstrous green Hulk anytime soon, or for John Boehner to walk into the House wearing red, white, and blue spandex. However, what if our Congressmen and women took a page from The Avengers book and started to mirror some of the principles exemplified by the crime-fighting superheroes? If our all of our politicians acted like Avengers, perhaps the world would be a little brighter. 

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Confessions of a Former Tree-Hugger
By: Amy Lutz

When I was younger, I loved to read. At one point, I basically devoured a book a day. By the time I was 8 years old, I was flipping through To Kill a Mockingbird. However, despite the plethora of novels I had at my fingertips, I still liked to read “the classics;” books by Shel Silverstein, Carolyn Keene, and Dr. Seuss.

For years, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss was at the top of my list of favorite books. The story tells the tale of the “Lorax,” a whimsical, environmentally-conscious creature who speaks out about how increasing industrialization has led to the destruction of nature. The book starts in a futuristic, treeless world where an industrious character known as the “Once-Ler” ruthlessly targeted “Truffula” trees in the pursuit of profit. By the time his mission was accomplished, the landscape of “Thneedville” was bare.

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