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Re: “White people playing “devil’s advocate” are part of the problem

Really powerful essay. Thank you, and thanks for being so clear about how those of us who are white can quit "playing devil's advocate" since the devil requires no advocate.

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Posted by calliep on 08/14/2014 at 8:18 PM

Re: “The WikiFuture

I think Alec Baldwin has a point about Julian Assange. If he is put on trial, Dick Cheney needs to be put on trial as well. Especially considering Cheney did so with full knowledge of the danger in which he placed Valerie Plame and the country.
Perhaps to allay Ryan Crocker´s fears, a better forum for sharing information could be created. I think your point about technology is critical. I still think there is room for a vital, informative media that uses whatever means are available to unearth these secrets. If not, we would never know about things like medical testing on African American servicemen, or sterilization of Native American women.
Specifically when it comes to our role in the world, Americans could stand to know more about why other countries feel about us the way they do. It isn´t because they are jealous, to be sure. While I don´t agree with the devastating method, i don´t believe it takes a rocket scientist (are they passe now?) to figure out the connection between the three intended targets on Sept. 11, 2001, and their meaning in the world.

Posted by calliep on 12/07/2010 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Paying For It

Thanks for this editorial. I agree wholeheartedly that government spending should be accounted for and at every turn should be useful. On Meet The Press Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm outlined a great use of government grants - creating businesses that employ local workers with products sold to American companies. That is a great use of federal money.
The fact of the matter is, we need government. And since there are approximately 310 million people in the US at varying life stages, from birth to death, we need culpable, overseeable agencies and institutions to provide for our health, welfare and education. The days of carving a life out of the wilderness on your own are pretty well long gone. And lets be clear - the bootstraps theory was pure-d myth, conjured up as a dime novel. The American Dream is certifiably based upon a cheap fiction. Thanks a lot, Horatio Algier.
I don´t hear about how much Iraq and Afghanistan are costing us any more, but I´m guessing the costs haven´t gone away. But what I hear when the hew and cry about Big Government goes up is not about the cost of making war, but the cost of saving and changing lives.
I think President Obama has a great idea, and maybe the Inlander and other regional weeklies could have contests where people submit their cost-efficiency ideas rather than griping non-specifically about big government. To me that griping is code for "I know my kid needs an education, but I will be damned if I´m going to pay the going rate for it." But I´m biased. I teach.

Posted by calliep on 08/23/2010 at 12:04 AM

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