Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
Our society greatly overuses the term "hero". We have a video game series, Guitar Hero. We often speak of sports heroes. Some slack-jawed Cro-Magnons even have "Scott Walker is my Hero" bumper stickers on the back of their pick-up trucks. But what is a real hero? What constitutes a true heroic deed?
There are many reasons for voting Scott Walker out of office this November- his abysmal jobs record, his assault on public education, his administration's corrupt pay-for-play culture, and his Mississippian social agenda. However, I believe the most important reason for rejecting Walker's bid for another term is the deep political divisions he has caused in our state.
Income inequality is a serious problem in the United States. By any objective measure, there is a much wider income gap today than at any time since 1929. For example, in 1944, the top 1% of earners collected 11.3% of all pre-tax income while the bottom 90% received 67.5%. By 2012 the top 1% received a full 22.5% of all pretax income, while the bottom 90% earned a paltry 49.6%.