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posticon Editorial - Presidential Tweets, Corporate Feuds, Gratuitous Annoyance

Opinions | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The world has turned upside down, or, as my wife loves to assert, civilization is crumbling.  The news is about stuff people say rather than what they do.  And companies are making decisions based on some arbitrary company feud thing rather than what their customers want.  In other words, stuff doesn't make sense.

I keep coming back to the presidential tweets because I just don't understand them.  Well, I do to an extent, but I don't understand why they are news.  I can't even imagine how much 'ink' has been wasted reporting on things the President tweets.  Are those tweets official policy?  Nope.  A lot of times they are a man lashing out at perceived enemies.  I remember during the Nixon administration that people were seriously shocked when it came out that the Pres had an 'enemies list'.  How is the rabid public name calling both by our current Fearless Leader and the reprisal name calling by his opponents not as inappropriate and shocking?

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posticon Thoughts - Sexual Harassment, Pain, and Vulnerability

Opinions | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts You and I have been surrounded (inundated, if you wish) by the stories which are being described as 'sexual harassment', although I would describe them in more horrific and destructive terms. It has been weeks since the Harvey Weinstein story broke, and, I'll admit it, I had never heard of the guy until the media was filled with his disgusting antics and the damage he wrought upon numbers of aspiring actresses.

Now the careening pinball of retribution for lewd activities has caromed throughout the media world, the entertainment world, the business world, and no doubt the tech world and big business will be next to feel the cataclysmic shudder of women rising up and pointing their collective finger at the seemingly unending line of perpetrators. Harassment is not nearly the word to describe what has happened to these women (and, perhaps to a lesser extent, men), but words are not necessarily my province this week, but expressions of feelings and thoughts on this topic.

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posticon Letters - Thoughts by Casey Stevens

Opinions | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Marc Catone Print
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mailmanCasey Stevens' "Thoughts" about his father's death was a remarkable piece of writing. He managed to capture the depths of mood and emotions that many people go through when parents die, whether the relationship between parent and child is close or not, but particularly when the relationship has been strained over many years.

Facing the death of a parent, especially the father/son relationship, has been written about many times, but Casey captured it honestly... in a way in which many people can identify.

Sincerely,

Marc Catone
Lansing, NY

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