Oh, Steve... I wish your spirit a peaceful journey. Great keyboardist and a generous man. Father and long-time Arcata resident. Old friend. I'm so sad that this happened.
13. Respect proper punctuation and the use of capital letters!
How long is his term?
I am disappointed but not at all surprised. Dangit!
not sure how guy died but I CANNOT believe these 3 killed someone. they LOVE protecting life, standing up for right and rights. time to investigate past looks and circumstantial evidence. I want facts, I want justice not just easy targets.
Self-government is hard. I can understand those who go to the polls and write-in names like Pee Wee Herman to express their opinion of the system. I agree that our political system is heavily tilted by the effects of wealth and income inequality, that propagandists lose no opportunity to increase that tilt while denying its existence, and that, at the national level, respectable candidates who will not give the wealthiest what they want are usually filtered out long before they reach the ballot.
American elections are not about letting an informed electorate choose its leadership. In the TV age, they are competing propaganda campaigns. This is not hidden; political junkies watch the horse race and debate the wisdom of "putting an extra million into Ohio" to run more advertising in order to shift the outcome. This is all in plain sight, blessed by the same "supreme" court that shamed and delegitimized itself with its indefensible decision in Bush v Gore.
Despite that, my personal belief is that not voting is about as effective a driver of change as threatening to hold your breath until the spinach is removed from your plate. It's too easily confused with not caring. By all means, people should be doing far more than just voting. But that doesn't excuse not voting -- I firmly believe that an Obama administration is not identical in its effect on society as a Romney administration would have been.
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
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