Public’s Policy Priorities for 2015

Last week, Pew Research released the results of a survey on which issues Americans think are most important for Obama and Congress to address.

Of note, people think improving the economy is less important than prior years and defending the US against terrorism is more important. Does this align with your opinion?

Pew Research Public Policy Priorities

 View Pew’s entire publication here.

Christmas Tree Facts

christmas infographic

While researching the facts included in this Christmas tree infographic, I came across that interesting tidbit about Teddy Roosevelt. Here is a little more about that story:

Burnishing his environmental credentials, Roosevelt refused to display a Christmas tree in the White House, fearing that to do so would be sending the wrong message to the public and be fodder for his political opponents. In 1901, the Roosevelt’s’ first treeless Christmas in Washington passed uneventfully.

In 1902, however, Roosevelt’s two youngest sons, Archie and Quentin, cut down a small tree on the White House grounds and smuggled it into the closet of the room where the family opened gifts. The boys hung gifts for their parents from the branches and enlisted the help of the staff electrician in decorating the tree with tiny lights wired to a switch outside the closet.

On Christmas morning, while the family opened gifts, Archie surprised his family by opening the closet door and throwing the switch. Amused by his boys’ ingenuity, Teddy nevertheless took them to his friend and environmental adviser (and later the first Chief of the United States Forest Service), Gifford Pinchot, to explain to them the negative effects of killing trees for decorative use.

You can find more information here.