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A sobering look beyond the upcoming election

By Lee Hamilton

This campaign year has been full of twists and turns. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, let alone on November 8. So talking about what comes afterward seems premature. But it’s been on my mind a lot, because I’m worried.

This is not about who wins the presidency. I’m concerned about the aftermath of this campaign season and how hard it’s going to be for our next set of elected officials, from the President on down, to govern.

How about some October surprises?

By Will Durst

Something craven infects political candidates as the days dwindle down to a precious few, especially when prospects for victory appear slimmer than an emaciated giraffe in a fun house mirror. It may be darkest before the dawn, but for those scheduled to be executed at first light, the darkness triggers a kind of dastardly creativity that those made of lesser stuff might characterize as desperation.

According to Trump, 99 percent of us are ‘losers’


The message I get from watching the presidential campaign circus is that Mr. Trump considers me and everyone I know losers. In his world of winners — defined as multi-millionaires and losers — defined as everyone else, 99 percent of the U.S. population are losers. It baffles me why anyone would even want to lead a nation of “losers.” By this simplistic measure, even Jesus Christ himself was a “loser.”

Treatment can make things worse

Dear Editor,

The great Roman orator Cicero believed a monarchy was the best form of government when the monarch was good, and the worst when he was bad. After reading about emperors like Nero and Caligula, I can readily understand the bad part. Cicero also said democracy is good when the people are virtuous, which he said is never. He said democracy by itself (that is, not mixed with other government forms) becomes mob rule, chaos, and then dictatorship.


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