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Politics

Politics as usual? These days, it’s politics unusual

Has politics changed? And is it winning? Local columnist Deidra Jackson writes about the gamesmanship and inflexibility that’s taken over the process and wonders how the vast majority will end up having to deal with what’s ahead. (July 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Abe The Dealmaker

    Remember the story from Genesis about Abraham trying to deal with God to save Sodom? Local columnist Jimmy Reed uses the story to illustrate the point that the country’s leadership needs to learn a bit more about compromise if there’s to be any solution to the ongoing debt crisis and economic woes. (July 19, 2011, Page 4)

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      Letters to the Editor

      Patti C. Harris writes about the National Popular Vote pact and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other issues and wonders if all of the irreconcilable differences might mean that a divorce is best for America. (June 16, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Albert Sperath writes to pass along information he gathered in response to Rep. Alan Nunnelee using the term “Obamacare,” but also to say his bigger concern is the lack of voice the minority has today. (June 14, 2011, Page 4)

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          GOP hopefuls in the middle of ‘silly season’

          The term “silly season” is probably related more to sports than anything else, but it could certainly be applied to presidential races and potential candidates. Editor Don Whitten says the political silly season is already in full force, and he takes a look at the ins and outs of Republican candidates to oppose Barack Obama in 2012. (May 25, 2011, Page 4)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Preston Ray Garrett writes to say that President Obama should honor the terms of a budget agreement he reached with Democrat and Republican leaders, while members of the Antioch F.W. Baptist Church thanked those who helped make their fundraiser a big success. (April 22, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Nonpartisan voting would be easier, cheaper

              With nonpartisan – no party affiliation – voting, recent races have been settled easily and simply. Editor Don Whitten points to these races and what’s ahead with primaries this summer as proof that we should consider wide-open elections, particularly when it involves local offices. (February 2, 2011, Page 4)

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                Local politics starting to get interesting

                Did you realize it’s only 187 days until the first primary elections are held? And just over 10 months before the general election? Editor Don Whitten writes that a date to pay a bit more attention to right now is March 1, the filing deadline for those running for local offices this year, and he notes that lots of hats have already been thrown into the ring. (January 26, 2011, Page 4)

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                  We’ll still be paying – just at a different level

                  Editor Don Whitten suggests a new political-oriented phrase for the times of today: “Politics sends trickle-down taxes to the locals.” He notes that it seems more and more like the taxes and fees are being passed down the line where they still have to be paid if we’re to receive services and benefits. (December 8, 2010, Page 4)

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                    Letters to the Editor

                    Syl Moorhead writes to take a look back at the 1938 midterm elections and draw parallels with the recent 2010 midterm elections. (November 15, 2010, Page 4A)

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