By: Hannah Sweiderk
“This is unbelievable! He is crazy!” The words, mumbled under a woman’s breath at a rest stop in North Carolina, stung.
He is not crazy.
He is my brother.
Brandt has lived with Smith-Lemli Opitz syndrome since birth, a rare condition that affects many parts of his body, and causes mental and physical disabilities. Now 27, Brandt has had lots of communicative difficulties growing up that have continued despite many years of speech therapy.
By: Laurel Kutz
Any time there is talk about climate change and what we can do about it, it seems that the conversation takes a back seat to other, some would say more essential, issues of interest and speculation.
Though climate activists keep pushing for changes, environmental legislation is repeatedly ignored as discussion about it and federal funds to provide for it often find their way, instead, to national security and saving the economy.
Don’t get me wrong – security and the economy are two important facets of our livelihood, but if we keep disregarding the health of our planet, at some point there won’t be much left to talk about.