"We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled ... declare that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, Free and Independent States."
Redistricting is a confusing but necessary process that — if we do it right — only happens once every 10 years. It is a process required by the U.S. Constitution to ensure that each voter in America has as close to the same influence as possible. In the U.S. congressional district that you and I share, for example, our vote has been diluted. Why?
Like many holidays, Veterans Day brings us together as a nation to reflect on our freedom. But, it is a particularly special holiday because it is dedicated to the men and women who have defended and protected the hope and promise of those freedoms and liberties. People across the country will show their gratitude in many ways.
As difficult as it is for most Americans to believe, for almost every elementary school student Sept. 11, 2001, is as intangible an event as Pearl Harbor is to those of us born after that infamous day in 1941. Like many of you, I learned about Pearl Harbor in school. I have visited the USS Arizona memorial in Hawaii, but Dec.