Last month, we made the commitment to enter into the political conversation online. For the upcoming quarter, we are actively soliciting contributors to send in their responses and opinions to political topics. If you have an opinion or story, we would love to take a look at it. Learning from one another only makes us all better, and the more perspectives we all have access to gives us the chance to see things from a new point of view. Be sure to submit your stories to us for your chance to be featured on our website!


Joining the political conversation wasn’t our first topic of the new year. In fact, our first quarter focused more on the generational differences between Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials. We chose to wait for a few months before jumping into the political fray, waiting to see how things shook out after the emotionally charged election and subsequent inauguration. Perhaps you have found yourself in a similar position – waiting it out before sharing your opinion or telling your story.


Now that we have had the chance to take a deep breath and engage respectfully online and with our friends, we are even more confident in our mission here at Open Book Open Hearts. We truly believe that we all have something to share and something to teach; certainly, we also know that we all have something to learn from one another.


Our country is made up of people with different ideas and different perspectives. While this can sometimes make it maddeningly difficult to agree or connect, this diversity also makes us great. How do you see the role of the government in making that connection among the diverse people who reside here? The role of our government is everchanging and evolving, but what is the ideal amount of intervention government officials should provide for its people?


This month, send us in your opinions about the role of government. How involved should the government be with financial equality, the safety of the people, or the opportunities offered to the people? We can’t wait to hear from you and learn more about your point of view.