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Going back in time


Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Sarah Palin? Really? I get a regular side dish of news from Colbert Report and Jon Stewart because a little bit of humor makes the nonsense go down so I thought this idea was perhaps a new South Park pilot or something but it seems the GOP means it. A Hockey Mom from a one horse town in an oil rich state. Déjà vu, wait a minute- small towns, oil rich states- hmm. Never mind, I make odd connections sometimes.

Gender should not be her greatest qualification. I am an aging Feminist. I marched in the streets to "Take Back the Night". Imagine, we had to rally to let the nation know that rape and assault were not ok. I never burned a bra because it would have been a tiny tribute to a huge cause. Women are not a minority but had to make a great deal of noise to be heard. It allowed for Palin, four decades later to be taken seriously and for me to disagree with her and that is what was hoped for. She has the opportunity for a free ride on the wagon that she would undo for all of us.

Can we hope to see one of our nations many brilliant and capable women at the helm before those of us who opened the doors all die? I hope so. Palin is not that woman.

The list of qualified women is long and impressive. We have many of those in positions of power and moving the world ahead all around us. She is not on that list.

She is said to appeal to the female voter because "we" can relate to her. She is a mom. A few times more than most but then she doesn't believe in science so could hardly believe in birth control. Now those kids are here, God bless them, and she will soon enough have a grandchild to raise. That's family values for you, thinking that 17 year olds ought to get married advances the national dialogue on cultural stability immensely. Can we speak of white privilege? If Barack Obama stood on a stage with five children and a pregnant teen, plenty would be said, all of it racist.

Her little tiff with the local librarian? To her credit, it is said she did not actually ban any books but asked the librarian if she would, if asked. Then she fired her for being disloyal because the librarian was rather taken aback at the suggestion. She hired her back shortly thereafter. Draw what you will from that little power play.

To watch her, hands in the air, bidding her fellow evangelicals to pray for a natural gas pipeline through Alaska (the video clip is readily available on line) is beyond frightening. If our energy poli .....
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Politics and prejudice

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

After watching the Democratic and Republican conventions, I realized that the word impartial does not apply to me. I watched the Democrats with what I hoped was a critical eye and liked what I heard and saw. I watched the Republicans with an attempt ..... 
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It's the economy, stupid

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

There are four months to go in the George Bush debacle, perhaps the worst presidency in the history of our country. At this writing, investment bank Lehman Brothers has filed for bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch has been taken over by Bank of America at di ..... 
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You might as well tell the truth

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
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Well before the two major political parties held their coronations each party put out ads on radio and television touting their candidates' positions and simultaneously offering information about their opponents' positions and programs. Most of us w ..... 
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Is she really the next best?

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The selection of Sarah Palin for McCain's running mate was a surprise to almost all the pundits and most of the politicians. Her introduction to the country at the Republican convention was a smashing success according to the media. She did a good j ..... 
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Palin a risky choice for the McCain ticket

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

"It was a reckless decision."

"It looks like a hail-Mary pass."

"It's a weird choice."

"It does nothing for the ticket."

These are a few comments I have heard about John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin to be his vic ..... 
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Voting is both a privilege and an obligation - be informed

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Thomas Jefferson said, "Information is the currency of democracy."

And in an E-mail essay on Winston Churchill's 1947 comment that "Democracy is not perfect, but it's better than any of the other methods that have been tried so far," the co ..... 
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Shame on Edwards, shame on us

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
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John Edwards got busted by the National Enquirer. It's rather a sad thing that news sources are getting their leads from such an empty publication but I've suspected as much when watching the network news and seen headlines in papers as large as the ..... 
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Our civic duty requires informed decisions

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In the August 11, 2008, edition of this newspaper there were three commentary pieces that had me thinking for quite some time after I had read them.

In the first, former Congressman Lee Hamilton asks us to pay attention to what politicians ..... 
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