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Reclaiming Our Voices
Tuesday, March 1, 2005
We stand together for the greater good of all!
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: The Revolution Starts Now! Steve Earle
Topic: The Revolution continues
We stand together for the greater good of all!

Many of us were staunchly united against the Bush Administration in 2004, not because of a personal dislike for him, but because of a disgust for a cauldron of policies that hurt people and the environment for generations, all for a few pieces of silver now, for those who need it the least.

By 2006, we should forge our unity around a cluster of policies that provide a positive new direction for America. Our values and our policies are for the greater good of all. Lets help America fulfill its promise to be a land of opportunity for all, and not just a place of "haves" and "have nots".

Recent letter to the Editor of my local paper, in response to them replacing Maggie Gallagher with Ann Coulter.

A spirited debate between liberal and conservative thinking is fine, but that does not mean we have to tolerate McCarthyistic messages of hate and division. Pundits like Ann Coulter, who denigrate liberals and democrats with racist like rhetoric, are not being responsible columnists. Their commentary is not unlike falsely crying "fire" in a crowded theater. With so many "hate based" talk shows, it is no wonder why we seem more polarized and divided than ever before.

Democracy means we respectfully agree to disagree. Freedom is diminished when public televison alters its schedule to placate the intolerance of a new Education Secretary, or networks decline to show a religious ad welcoming all people to their worship. This editorial page has a responsibility to provide a balance of diverse thinking. There are many responsible liberal and conservative columnists, whose opinions are a thoughtful assessment of the facts. I welcome that debate.

(The following was added to a copy sent to the paper's publisher.)

PS: I have also submitted this letter to the web based letter to the editor page.
I am sending you a copy, so I will know that you as the publisher are aware of my preference for a more thoughtful and responsible commentary on the editorial page, regardless of whether or not I agree with it. I like to have my way of thinking challenged, not vilified.

I appreciate that you removed Maggie MacGregor's column, given that she compromised herself, but I think it sends the wrong message to replace her commentary with hateful rhetoric by someone who's fellow conservatives are concerned by her over generalizations. I am sure Gannett has many contributing columnists who provide a cogent argument for their opinions.

Posted by pencandle at 8:15 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2005 12:14 AM EST

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