Letter to My Representatives in Washington State on Net Neutrality

netneutralNote: this is a copy of a letter I have sent to various newspapers in Washington State.  Representatives are often more likely to hear opinions of their constituents when written in a Letter to the Editor in their district, especially if it mentions them by name, than they are to hear the opinion of someone who calls or emails them.  I have however, sent a slightly edited copy to each Representative listed here.  If you are concerned about letting your Internet Service Provider decide what you can and cannot do on the internet, and you should be, you should be sending similar letters.  Don’t let them get away with this!
Citizens of Washington, Representative Beutler, Senators Cantwell and Murray:

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a former cable industry lobbyist, recently announced plans which would put the neutrality of the internet to bed and lay the groundwork for a future where the internet is run like television, with your only reliable access being to sites that have the money to pay for the best connection. Wheeler’s plan to go along with Verizon’s version of the internet, where ISPs can charge extra fees to websites to insure the fastest and most reliable speeds, is a threat to freedom of speech and information.

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Something different: Spotlighting a local band, “Captain Algebra”

Full Disclosure: The members of Captain Algebra have no idea who I am or that I am writing this.  But I feel like I owe them some exposure and I hope to explain why.

Captain Algebra from Olympia, Washington

First of all, who is Captain Algebra?  Captain Algebra is three young men from Olympia, Washington and they describe their genre as “Punk” on their Facebook and Reverbnation pages.

That’s a pretty safe and generic description, of course, and I’m sure plenty of people will read that and think, “Young guys who say they play punk.  Right.  Heard that before.”  That was pretty much what I thought the first time I saw a poster for them.

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“A Lonely Wake” from “Redeemer” (~1,000 words)

As before, there isn’t much for spoilers here, unless you haven’t read “Snake Charmer” – the second book in “The Serpent’s Song” As always, I enjoy any feedback – positive or negative.  Please do not hesitate to post comments, send me email, or go to my Facebook Page and like/comment there. Also, I am still looking for answers on your favorite character from the series so far – please take the time to fill out the simple (one page) survey:

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More From “Redeemer”, the final book in “The Serpent’s Song” (~900 words):

This is a short (~900 words) selection from “Redeemer”.  I will avoid posting too many spoilers, but I feel an obligation to let my readers see I am progressing and I like to show off sections I particularly enjoy writing. There isn’t much for spoilers here, unless you haven’t read “Snake Charmer” – the second book in “The Serpent’s Song” As always, I enjoy any feedback – positive or negative.  Please do not hesitate to post comments, send me email, or go to my Facebook Page and like/comment there. Also, I am still looking for answers on your favorite character from the series so far – please take the time to fill out the simple (one page) survey:

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A tease from “Redeemer”, the final book of The Serpent’s Song

It has been some time since I have posted here.  But I have been working.  I did a review of my previous books, to include some minor editing, in preparation for completing The Serpent’s Song.

So, with that in mind, I thought I’d offer a little glimpse into what is to come.  This is just a part of the first chapter of “Redeemer”, and it doesn’t contain anything I would consider a “spoiler”, but read it at your own discretion.

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