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Your comment was dismissed because you used profanity in it, not the word racist. Your statement above is a flat-out lie.
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Your letter was not published because it did not meet the guidelines we have published in the newspaper and online for submissions: 300 words for letters; 750 words for guest commentaries. Your submission was more than 1,000 words long.
We have, however, published numerous letters both opposing and supporting passage of Amendment 1. On Saturday, the DailyViews page included a guest commentary from a Lee County School Board member who opposed Amendment 1.
People don't think about the risk these space pioneers took. Especially when Armstrong and Aldrin went on that first landing, they weren't really sure what they were landing on and, as with Apollo 13 later, they were in danger the very real of not getting home. They made America proud and showed us how to reach for the stars.
Term limits come up every 2, 4 or 6 years at polls. Voters simply don't avail themselves of the opportunity to freshen up government. And a lot of times it's figuring out who's the lesser of two evils, which is when it's easier to go with the devil you already know. From what I've read over the years, voters might have, say, a low opinion of Congress as a whole, but see no reason to replace the lawmaker who represents their particular district or state.
I agree with that. Plus he had the good sense to quit playing Andy Taylor like Will Stockdale and let Don Knotts and the others play the eccentrics. By the way, if I'm not mistaken "Romeo & Juliet" was the only part of his standup routine that worked its way into one of the scripts.
Thanks, Cartman. Got an email from an old colleague who asked why "What it was was football" wasn't included. I actually have a copy of that routine on a CD. But writing on deadline, you don't get to everything. For instance, one of my favorite Griffith films was "An Angel in My Pocket," where Andy played a preacher trying to keep to families from tearing a church and community apart while his brother secretly helped cook moonshine in the church basement and a young couple had a Romeo-Juliet thing going. Whole movie had a real "Mayberry" feel to it.
As a point of fact, Darrel Ealum did legally establish his residency in Lee County in 2002 when he ran for District 137 state representative against Ed Rynders and Ida Chambers. Ealum was declared eligible to run in that Republican primary election as a Lee County resident. He and Rynders qualified for a Sept. 10, 2002, runoff election, which Rynders won by 495 votes. Rynders went on to defeat Democrat Craig Mathis in November 2002. -- Jim Hendricks, Editor
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