End the duopoly

In politics, in life, it always comes down to words

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Craig Farrand “It does not require many words to speak the truth.”

- Chief Joseph

Leader of the Nez Perce

Hello Downriver,

My late mother always said: “If you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.” But then, four months before she died, she heard Donald Trump announce he was running for president.

I don’t remember her exact words, but they weren’t nice.She’d heard enough from his mouth in that short time to know HE wasn’t very nice — so all bets were off.My mother also often told us that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That was her way of saying some things aren’t worth getting into a fight over — but over time, these niceties haven’t held up well.Indeed, words in today’s society have a way of multiplying like rabbits: A word here prompts a screed there; a screed prompts a rant; a rant prompts a diatribe; a diatribe prompts a verbal assault.And a war of the words is in full swing.Such is the case with some of the back-and-forth emails I have with readers who vehemently disagree with me: We do battle with the alphabet, […]

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