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posticon Editorial - Ban Political Texts. That Means You, Julie!

Opinions | Friday, November 09, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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If you want to annoy me call my cell phone and try to sell me something.  Because it's a cell phone, stupid, not a sell phone!  And if you really, really want to tick me off, send me a text solicitation.  And that includes political texts.  Oh boy! does that include political texts!  I'm talking to you, Julie!

I estimate that over 80% of the calls we get on our business phone are spam calls.  I don't like them, but I can vaguely understand that people who have something to sell would try to sell them to businesses on the telephone.  Personally, I think it should be outlawed.  But I consider my cell phone a private haven that I share only with people I know.

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posticon Thoughts - Politics of Absolutes

Opinions | Friday, November 09, 2018 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts I'm writing this week's column prior to election day, and, as deadlines go, it is one that actually helps me to focus on the 'larger picture' if that makes sense. In another way to state it, the results of the 'off-year' elections are going to be distilled to well-worn tropes and simplicities, numbers and myriad opinions, but I think that there will be very little looking at what really ails us, as a country, regardless of so-called 'outcomes' of Tuesday's exercise of the uniquely American franchise of electing our representatives in the greatest experiment of popular governing in history.

Since one of the words being bandied about in the last eighteen months (and speculation on whether it would be feasible if the Congress were split after Tuesday) is impeachment, I thought I would look into the process, its rarity of occurrence in the US, its historical context, and more importantly what it actually means to the state of American psyche and our future. And, no, the impeachment and trial of William Jefferson Clinton is not historical context. That was a waste of political capital, although we must admit that it contained no criminal proceedings, much as the Andrew Johnson impeachment also basically was political, not criminal. The Clinton trial was a travesty of American politics (as was Johnson's, but that comes shortly) and a grand distraction from the real problems that Clinton, Gingrich and so many others could have been focusing and concentrating on. But, that leads to the first presidential impeachment and trial, in 1868, of Andrew Johnson and how it may possibly relate to today's political distress.

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posticon Letters - Words Matter

Opinions | Friday, November 09, 2018 | By Rev. Matthew P. Binkewicz Print
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mailmanOur nation is divided. We seem to have adopted a 21st century trench warfare of words by which we yield no ground nor accept any opinion other than the one we believe to be the truth. From all sides, the true believers shout, threaten, and discredit the other, vilifying those who do not adhere to their particular ideology.

This division rests upon the way our leaders express their beliefs and explain how problems exist in society. Our public understanding of the truth becomes tainted by the whims of those who speak before they think. Each branch of our government-Executive, Legislative, and Judicial-has abandoned civility and the rule of law to promote their version of the truth. Fear, bullying, and mob mentality, behavior once associated with dictatorial regimes, now sets the tone for our public discourse.

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