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Posted on January 21 at 8:19 p.m.

Another important reason to breastfeed: ease of care in a natural disaster. Glad this turned out to be a temporary inconvenience, and not the disaster it could have been.

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Posted on September 4 at 8:13 a.m.

What an idea! I'll try that next time any officials try to talk to me. I'm a very private person, too. I'll just ignore them and see how far I get.

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Posted on August 13 at 12:50 p.m.

Hi, binky,

Rude language doesn't belong in public, no matter who says it. Mr. Cheney was wrong, and as I recall from this item of ancient history, he was criticized soundly for that lapse in judgment.

The county Dem chair was also wrong. His lapse in judgment was more recent, and was one of the topics of this article.

You're right that people should be respectful in public and not use profanity. Democrats don't have the market cornered on rude language, but this recent quote was one more instance of "Was that really necessary?".

He could have used any of a long list of adjectives that would have engendered admiration in the audience:
cooool
splendid
palatial
magnificent
more than adequate, etc.
-all words that inspire, and don't contain profanity.

Thanks for your thoughtful response!

On Dems Celebrate New County Election Headquarters

Posted on August 12 at 10:59 a.m.

I understand when entertainers use the phrase--it's because they don't take themselves seriously. They aren't looking for dignity or respect.

For someone who is asking for my permission (read: vote) to be in charge of my government, I expect a lot more.

Colloquial language is just that -- colloquial. Not used in any formal way, and not to be taken seriously.

When Dems decide to be taken seriously, they will use standard English. Until then, this announcement sounds like kids yelping on the playground, with no relevance to the rest of us.

On Dems Celebrate New County Election Headquarters

Posted on August 11 at 3:12 p.m.

Hmmm...I was expecting a dignified address. For the chair of a local political party to use profanity when opening a new county office--I'm disappointed. Not shocked, because I have low expectations from local Democrats.

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Posted on August 6 at 9:07 a.m.

Interesting, thought-provoking comments, for the most part!
However, I had difficulty understanding the one written in non-standard "English." I'm now accustomed to using and understanding standard American English, with appropriate capital letters, punctuation and complete thoughts.
I think I understand the gist of that person's comments, but I would like to offer a suggestion:
When you write succinctly and clearly, your message will be understood. Language has power; educate yourself and hang around with others who speak English well, and it becomes easier to communicate clearly in English.
Speaking other languages is great (I do, too!), and when you need to use any language, use it properly. Informal slang has its place, but it loses its "punch" when used in the wrong situation. Don't hold yourself down. Try adult ed. or ESL classes. They work!

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Posted on August 5 at 8:46 a.m.

Welcome! I'm looking forward to reading local-interest stories.
But does the plea for helpers for the Democratic candidates mean the stories will be one-sided and focused only on that part of the community?
In order to have choice in our elections, we must have two, or three, or more parties fielding candidates. No matter where you stand, political choice requires being able to choose between/among multiple candidates and issues.
I'm thankful for political diversity! That's why many of us live in the U.S.

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