Category Archives: Congressional Campaign

Correspondence with undergraduate student who is a potential future professor

I shared this with one of my students who is potentially a future professor:

That is wonderful. Let me know if you want any guidance on your career. If your goal is to be a tenure-track assistant professor of exceptional education it will be a long journey but possibly very fulfilling and it’s possible to arrive with very little student loan debt depending on whether you can live with parents, other family, or roommates. We have an Exceptional Education Track in the Education Ph.D. program here at UCF [University of Central Florida]. I did my Education Ph.D. in the Instructional Design & Technology track here with full funding as a Graduate Teaching Assistant/Associate which includes free tuition, health insurance, and pay of $18,500 per year. You have to get your Bachelor’s and Master’s first and you may also want to teach K–12 for 2–3 years because many professor openings require this.

– Dr. Thripp

Correspondence with local candidate about climate crisis, flooding

This is from my correspondence with a Flagler county local candidate discussing business cards, the climate crisis, sea level rise, flooding, and the 27–9–3 rule that suggests brief, parsimonious political messaging.

I went with 1,000 one-sided cards at Staples for $19.99. I think they turned out nice.

Yes, the king tides in Miami Beach are bad as well… there are some houses along a road in the Keys that may have to be abandoned as the cost is too high to elevate the road. A recent News-Journal piece noted that Daytona Beach is narrower than in past decades due to 9 inches of sea level rise since 1992. Of course South Florida is the most vulnerable but the Tampa Bay area is rapidly building up in vulnerable areas too. We don’t want to end up like Wuhan, China, paving over all our wetlands leading to disastrous recurring flooding. Old timers bought and built on high ground… newer developments are in low areas that would flood even without climate change and it will only get worse as climate change brings more severe weather, harsher rain (e.g., Hurricane Florence), and so forth. Many homeowners in Gotha, Florida recently experienced unexplained disastrous flooding even though they aren’t in a flood zone.

I don’t know about this 27–9–3 rule. It’s important to get attention, boil things down, and even over-promise to build up a movement behind you, but sometimes deep dives are helpful too, particularly for potential voters who are more inquisitive and highly educated. Who knows—they may end up being a catalyst to get many other people to vote for you, too.

I will see you at future meetings and events!

Good night,
Richard

On the Climate Crisis and the Next Decade (Ballotpedia Survey, Part 2)

Here is another question from my Ballotpedia survey I am still working on. The survey is really long so it will take me a bit more time to get it done. Below, I argue that the greatest challenge facing the United States over the next decade is the climate crisis.

What do you perceive to be the United States’ greatest challenges as a nation over the next decade?

The same as the whole world’s greatest challenge: The climate crisis. We still have a major political party (Republicans) misleading and pretending it’s a false “bogeyman.” Read The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells. Climate deniers engage in misdirection—yes, it’s hypocritical for those who know the facts to fly, drive a car, or live in a concrete house, but what’s happening at a systematic, institutional level is worse. When will we end the massive subsidies to coal, oil, gas/diesel, natural gas, cement, flying, and more? Congress as well as state legislatures can change this. The TRUE costs are not priced into the markets (Thripp, 2019).

We are having more radical weather; extreme fires; hurricanes rapidly intensifying over hotter ocean waters and forming further east, further north, and later than ever; coral reefs dying; glaciers melting; species dying; people dying from heat. South Florida in particular is suffering from ocean level rise and even Daytona Beach is narrower than in decades past. Mexico Beach is still devastated from Hurricane Michael. Many Puerto Ricans left after Hurricane Maria and are now climate refugees living in Florida, including in the 6th district.

A great acceleration of human development, population growth, and industrialization has occurred in the past few decades, with more greenhouse gases being emitted in the past several decades than in all prior human history combined. Going from 0.03% to 0.04% concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere sounds small, but it’s hugely detrimental, and we may even see 0.05% in our lifetimes. Outdoor concentrations are a baseline for indoor environments which can be double or higher, which literally makes us dumber (Satish et al., 2012).

I support the Green New Deal. We need to cut back on travel, militarism, tourism, concrete, and so forth. We need to stop subsidizing emissions and focus on CO2 removal and green technologies. The future will be tough, but if we don’t, it will be hellish.

For Parts 1 and 3, click below:
More About Me and Key Issues (Ballotpedia Survey, Part 1)
Perspective, Issues, and My Potential Role in Congress (Ballotpedia Survey, Part 3)

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Shouldn’t we have Trusted Gun Owner Programs for AR-15s?

The 2nd amendment is not a free-for-all. If you want to fly without taking off shoes, Trusted Traveler Programs require fingerprinting, background check, and IN-PERSON interview with a CBP agent. Shouldn’t we have Trusted Gun Owner Programs for AR-15s?

WESH News: Video shows man carrying, firing AR-15 in downtown Orlando

Senseless gun violence is like cancer: EVERYONE has been touched by it. I sat right across from the Tallahassee yoga studio killer while my wife was making lattes at Target Starbucks in Orange City. Several of my UCF students graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Tallahassee yoga studio killer, photo 1

Tallahassee yoga studio killer, photo 2

Tallahassee yoga studio killer, photo 3