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The canary in the coal mine has died

The hallmark of our democracy is the peaceful succession of duly elected representatives. The president of the United States has stated he will not comply in the peaceful transition of power if he is not re-elected.

Corruption in government is not new. The checks and balances of our system have long provided ballast to bring us back to center when extremes have threatened, but that ballast is shifting.

Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, the serious thinkers who shaped our Constitution — we need you now. But even more, we need men and women of good faith who listen. Who are informed about issues. Who vote.

It is time to decide if the end does justify the means. If it does, then our 244 years of existence as a nation has been a mockery. We need to stand up, now.

Helen Barrett

 

On Nov. 3, we can change our direction

About a hundred years ago, the world experienced the flu pandemic that took 675,000 lives. Now we have a new pandemic, and the world is better prepared because of science and technology.

However, our country's leader is unable to help us because of his lack of skills in governance. He failed civics. Also, he is in denial about his weaknesses and not open to helpful solutions to lessen the suffering and death.

The American people have an opportunity on Nov. 3 to change our negative situation by elected new leadership. My prayer is that God will help us make this change.

W. Dunnie Wright

 

Ginsburg can be role model for all of us

Rarely has a Supreme Court justice had a reputation as a gifted jurist and constitutional scholar while enjoying a celebrity following. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born during the Depression and became the first female member of the Harvard Law Review. After transferring, she graduated number one in her class at Columbia Law School. She championed women's rights, writing the majority opinion in a case involving the admission of women to the Virginia Military Institute, saying "VMI's story continued as our comprehension of 'We the People' expanded. There is no reason to believe that the admission of women capable of all the activities required of VMI cadets would destroy the Institute rather than enhance its capacity to serve the 'more perfect Union.'"

While she was fierce in her defense of the Constitution, she displayed an ability to remain cordial, even friendly, with her foes on the Supreme Court, especially Justice Antonin Scalia, who was her ideological opponent in many important cases. This daring collegiality has become less common in the legal profession and noticeably absent in our national politics.

May the life and words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg give us guidance in these troubling times and in the years to come.

John C. Cavett Jr.

 

College football makes fall exciting

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. No, it's not quite December. It's the beginning of college football. We had to wait patiently in hopes that this day would actually come. This is what the world needs in a time like this. As we live in times of uncertainty, we can count on our favorite teams to deliver on Saturday.

The leaves are changing, and the temperatures are chilling. Laying out your college team's apparel, getting the menu set up for Saturday night, and most importantly preparing for the victory. Every night should feel like the night before college football. Even though we have a smaller schedule, it'll be a big game to look forward to every weekend. There will be no so-called "cupcakes." They serve the main course every weekend.

So football fans, hang up your team colors and prepare for joy and excitement in the air in hopes that your team finds the end zone. College football is in the air.

Abby Dalton

 

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