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posticon Editorial - The Least Great President

Opinions | Friday, February 23, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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By now it's not news to anybody that President Trump is a big fan of 'great'.  His campaign platform was 'make America Great Again', and he has made countless references to greatness.  So it's not a giant leap to think that he isn't thrilled with the 2018 Presidents and Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey that was released Monday.  The survey puts Trump dead last in the list of great presidents.

It is not surprising that Abraham Lincoln is ranked number one in greatness, with George Washington ranked as second greatest.  That is something we all learned in elementary school, and their deeds do support the notion.  Interestingly, Trump, who received failing grades on his first year in office, was ranked as the most polarizing president in United States history.

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posticon Thoughts - Stopping Potential Gun Purchases

Opinions | Friday, February 23, 2018 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts Are we again sitting in our home or car, watching and listening to another wave of horror and revulsion, helpless at another mass shooting? Are you like me, numb and feeling bereft of feeling, not even able any more to wonder what 'went wrong' this time? Are you, like me, unable to listen any more to efforts to blame the newest tragedy on (choose one): the FBI, the NRA, the mental health system? (Fill in your own blank). The only thing new this time seems to be the nascent student uprising, with the phrase 'I shouldn't be afraid to go to school', echoing in our ears.

After the Las Vegas massacre, I cried, as you did, and then wrote in this space that I believed in the potential for a national day of mourning and remembrance. It was in November that I checked and found that almost 14,000 had died in America by gunfire, not counting the 22,000 suicides as of that date. I had called (quixotically, but I am the crusader type) at the time for our need to gather on December 31st, a Sunday, at not only churches and places of worship, but also at town halls and other community gathering places to quietly pay homage and contemplate the names of the thousands of victims in 2017 who had died by gun violence. To read those names aloud as a testament and witness, to contemplate in silence and divorced from politics. Now, less than two months later, we have had a count of 19 school shootings since my proposed 'Memorial Day' on December 31st.

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posticon Letters - Comments on Casey Stevens Editorial

Opinions | Friday, February 23, 2018 | By Ella Holden Print
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mailmanA time when America wasn't arguing about something reminds me of Alice Egan's statement, The more things change, the more they stay the same. Think about that for a moment. Over the years I have come to Know that statement is true as true can be.

Regarding your book recommendation The Twelve Mile Straight written by local author Eleanor Henderson, though it was 539 pages, I stuck with it and by the end decided I enjoyed it. Thanks

Ella Holden
Lansing,NY and Okahumpka FL
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