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Tom Purcell

How about listening to each other?

“I’m afraid to discuss politics and current events with anyone except my wife and best friends, and it’s regrettable that millions of Americans feel the same way.”
“Ah, yes, you speak of the Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, a new national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults. It finds that 58 percent of Americans are afraid to share their political beliefs in the current political climate.”

John Micek

A prayer for peace

But the prayer he uttered outside a home on Logan Street in Harrisburg on a chilly night last week for Kaliah Dearing, 16, and Natasha Harner, 24, who had been found shot dead there, carried the same weight as if they’d been uttered by a man or a woman of the cloth.
“This really is the time for us join together and ask some very important questions,” Henry said. “What is love? What is love? Does love really conquer all or not? That’s why we’re here. God is everything or God is nothing, right?”
As someone shouted out an “Amen,” Henry continued.

Important caveat for Dems after election night wins

Heading into Tuesday night’s gubernatorial election in Virginia, national Democrats badly needed a win. After dropping some serious coin in special elections in Georgia and elsewhere, the party faced some legitimate questions about whether their brand, in the age of Donald Trump, was now past its sell-by date.
But after sweeping statewide elections in Virginia and closing the gap in the state’s House of Delegates, it’s tempting to think we’ve finally hit the limits of Trumpism.

Sticking with ‘all are welcome’

HARTFORD, Conn. — Driving out of town on Albany Avenue I was struck by the speed with which neighborhoods shifted before my eyes, from the handsomely rebuilt downtown to some of the saddest poverty in urban America. And then, just as quickly, I turned onto Bloomfield Avenue and was staring at lush fairways lining the Hartford Country Club.
It was so tightly situated; the contrast so great. Yet, there were no signs warning “Keep Out,” nor any saying “All Are Welcome.”

John Micek

Another mass shooting, more ‘Thoughts and Prayers’

“Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now,” U.S. House Speaker Paul J. Ryan, R-Wisconsin. tweeted to widely — and entirely justified — derision on Sunday.
Save it, Mr. Speaker. Your thoughts and prayers are years too late.
Offering thoughts and prayers to the families of those gunned down in a house of God by disgruntled Air Force veteran Devin Kelly profanes the memory of the dead.
Offering thoughts and prayers cheapens the act actual spiritualism they were engaged in when they died.

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