With the recent modifications we have introduced in the political forum I would like to share some thoughts and useful information as a member not as a moderator. Since these changes have been ongoing we are getting some critiques that this forum should be neutral in nature. US and world politics are never going to be neutral so it would be impossible to achieve that here. Politics are by nature volatile and filled with passion. I rarely post in this forum partly because of the atmosphere here but mostly because I prefer to keep my political views private. I do however have the same fears and concerns that many have expressed here on many of the issues the world faces now. I however regularly telephone and/or email members of congress and the senate as well the political leaders in the US as well as the media. I encourage everyone to do the same if you want to make your voice and views heard. President Barak Obama Contact the White House | The White House 202 456-1111 Vice President Joe Biden Contact the Vice President | The White House 202 456-1111 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton contact-us.state.gov/egi-bin/state 202 647-4000 To reach your Senator or Congressman www.senate.cov United States House of Representatives, 111th Congress, 2nd Session United Nations Contact the United Nations Council Of European Union eeas.europa..eu 011 32 2 28 281 56 50 Middle East Quartet Quartet Representative Tony Blair email@example.com CNN firstname.lastname@example.org 404 827-1500 Fox News email@example.com 888 369-4762 MSNBC Contact us- msnbc.com 212 664-4444 New York Times firstname.lastname@example.org 888 698--6397 Washington Post email@example.com 202 334-6000 Los Angeles Times firstname.lastname@example.org 213 237-5000 I would only hope if you expect to be taken seriously that you conduct yourself in these venues as we have expressed we expect you to conduct yourself in this forum and the remainder of the site; with knowledge, honesty and integrity without bias. I have learned a great deal here in this forum and look forward to spending more time in politics in the future as a member and not a moderator. Thank you for your consideration.