Hot platform topics: kids' rights, abortion
Judging from the amount of discussion in the LP on-line platform area, the subjects sparking the most interest this year are: children's rights, abortion, and family life.
"These issues are always topical," noted Platform Committee Chair Dave Nolan, "and this year's convention will be no exception. They are emotional issues that principled people can have differing views on."
Other topics drawing interest are NAFTA and GATT, where debate centers on whether they are really "free trade" agreements, and the perennial discussion on dropping the "cult" language from the Statement of Principles.
"By and large, however," Nolan said, "there doesn't seem to be a lot of sentiment for major changes in the platform. Most people seem to be largely satisfied with it as-is."