Month: July 2014

How big a burden is registering to vote?

The left has been howling about how the new voter reform law will discriminate against minority and young voters. Being a politically active college student myself, I decided to find out how hard it is to register to vote. Dreading what I had come to believe was the horrible strain of registering, I decided to go ahead and register to vote in the county where my school is located. I went online to the State Board of Elections site and went to its voter registration page. On that page, I found the Board keeps the voter registration form readily available along with steps of how to submit it. Keep in mind, due to all the horror stories on the news I was expecting a 20-page document that made me detail every inch of my life. But that’s not what I encountered. Instead, I found a one-page document that required the most minimal information: my name, my address, my birthday, my signature, and my driver’s license number or last four digits of my Social Security number – and actually both numbers are optional.

What is the white fluffy stuff on my shrubs?

I get lots of gardening questions from visitors when I am working in my pollinator garden at Chatham Mills. Several people have asked me what is the white fluffy stuff they are seeing on the stems of shrubs. I have also seen quite a bit of this “problem” at the pollinator garden. At first I thought they were mealybugs but upon closer inspection I discovered they were nymphs of the flatid planthopper.