Way forward for the Monarchy, Midterms, and Tenting

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The future of the monarchy

changing of the guard: Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, died peacefully at Balmoral Castle this week. As many mourn the loss, many are also asking a difficult question: could this be the beginning of the end of the British monarchy?

The history

When Elizabeth became Queen in 1952, the British Empire comprised 70 overseas territories and hundreds of millions of people. But India had recently won its independence after a long struggle – and during his reign all but 14 other territories followed suit. What was once a global empire dwindled to “a medium-sized northern European country”. Now without Elizabeth…

Time could also be ticking for the monarchy?

You said it. Especially since other former colonies could soon become republics (see: Australia, Jamaica). And even Brits seem less sure about the continuation of the monarchy: according to a poll, only 39% believe it will still exist in 100 years. While part of the UK seems to change with the times (see: its most diverse cabinet ever), the royals remain a symbol and a living embodiment of Britain’s past. This includes centuries of planning and profiting from colonialism and slavery – for which they have never formally apologized. Before that, there was feudalism, which also had lasting effects. Meanwhile, the newly proclaimed King Charles III. announced that he plans to curb the pomp and circumstance. That means fewer working royals, which would reduce the taxpayer money needed to support them. But in the 21st century, justifying public funding of a bill could become more difficult. Especially as the UK faces the most serious economic threats in a generation (think: inflation, rising energy costs, a possible long recession). And while scandals (think Prince Andrew) continue to tarnish the royal family.

the skimm

For better or for worse, Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrated and remembered as “the woman who saved the monarchy”, even as the British Empire dwindled. Now only time will tell if people will remain loyal to the royals.

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downtime

Downtime doesn’t have to mean doing nothing. Here’s an idea on how to make the most of your weekend.

Still struggling with the horrors of summer’s end? Exactly the same. One way to deal with this is to plan your next trip. And there’s no better time to camp.

Summer camping gets all the good press — but fall camping is the way to go. You will be surrounded by stunning fall foliage. The days will be long enough to enjoy, but the weather will be cooler and more pleasant. There will be fewer mistakes. Also, campgrounds tend to be less crowded after Labor Day. Important as a growing number of campers has made it difficult to snag campsites in popular parks in recent years.

If you’re ready to answer the call, here’s what you should know before setting up camp:

  • Book your campsite in advance. Public seats managed by a state or government (which can be booked through sites like Reserve America and entertainment.gov) are great options. If those fill up, you might get lucky with a tech-savvy startup like Hipcamp, Tentrr, or Harvest Hosts. All three are private landowners who rent out their land to campers.

  • Pack extra gear. Even in the early days of autumn, temperatures can vary dramatically from day to night. So, as your camp supervisor would say, always bring layers. To stay cozy while sleeping under the stars, make sure you have a three or four season tent. And when the days get shorter, stock up on a quality headlamp and a rechargeable or solar powered lantern. (Of course, you can also use your phone’s flashlight in a pinch. Just don’t forget a portable charger.)

  • Plan your meals. Unless you plan on eating dried trail mixes all weekend, bring some cookware. Start with the basics (think a camp stove, pots, pans, plates, cups, and utensils). Then add other elements depending on what you want to make. Great options include breakfast taco foil wraps, grilled chicken, and pasta salad. And yes, s’mores for the campfire.

Open your eyes: The Midterms 2022

The midterm elections have a major impact on politics that affects our daily lives. That’s why we’re here, to help you skim your ballot. And skim what’s going on next week…

Score(s): On Tuesday, 09/13voter one Delaware (A house), New Hampshire (Senate, House of Representatives, Governor) and Rhode Island (House, Governor) will vote in the final round of the primary.

The speakers:

  • in the New Hampshire, Senator Maggie Hassan is one of the vulnerable Democrats up for re-election. No wonder, because she won in 2016 by just 1,017 votes. So Republicans are keen to field a good challenger — who, until last week, seemed likely to be far-right candidate Don Bolduc. But after a last-minute buying spree in support of a more dovish rival, it’s now TBD.

  • in the Rhode Island, competitive fields of Dems face off in two of the state’s races. The first is to fill the seat of Rep. Jim Langevin (D), who is retiring. The second is to try to replace Governor Dan McKee (D), who rose to office as the then Governor. Gina Raimondo (D) became US Secretary of Commerce.

PS: The results of these elections are up to the voters. Click here to learn more about making your vote count.