Apr/May 2008

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The Power of Prayer, or Better Things to Do
There are an untold number of causes one could devote one's time to if one wanted to make a positive difference in the world. It's not for me to say which cause is more important. If an individual wants to raise awareness of cervical cancer, I suppose that's just as legitimate as advocating on behalf of homeless veterans. If one is to protest, wherever one's passions and abilities lead one to do so, so be it.
Tom Dooley


Oops, I Did It Again
Anyone who knows me or has read my essays over the years knows I lean toward the liberal side of the fence, but I was surprised to learn from several readers that they felt I had crossed a line by endorsing a presidential candidate. Frankly, I was amazed. And so, while I have no desire to alienate anyone, be she friend, family member, contributor, or reader, I'm going to once again tell you who I'd like to see as the next President of the United States.
Tom Dooley


Snapshots of a Campaign
Last night I watched the Ohio debate between the two Democratic candidates. Lo and behold, Obama sounded just a bit like Ralph Nader when he took a swipe at the malign corporate influence on the political process in America. He also seemed clearly more poised than his opponent, who varied between looking rattled by allegations about her political record and mean-spirited in her personal attacks on her opponent.
Thomas J. Hubschman


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