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Take a breath, folks, 2016 is not 1968

Dick Polman - Syndicated Columnist | 

The latest fad, propagated by many members of the commentariat, is to equate the America of 2016 with the America of 1968. I heard it more recently from Chuck Todd of NBC News: “Not since the summers of the ‘60s and violence in Watts, Detroit, and Chicago has the nation felt so hopelessly divided.”

Black and white and traffic stops

John L. Micek

A couple of years back, when I was driving down to Florida, I got pulled over on U.S. Route 301 in a little town called Waldo near Gainesville.

It was late - past 2 a.m. -- and I was pretty sure I wasn't speeding. So when the dome lights of an Alachua County cruiser flashed to garish life in my rearview mirror, I had no idea what was happening.

Compassion for all Americans

Dear Editor,

I express most all of Americans' deep and heartfelt grief for the families and friends of the 49 killed in Orlando. There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth throughout America.

But I wonder are Americans aware of the millions (that's millions) of children, mothers, elderly, combatants, etc., that we Americans kill in the Middle East and Africa? Where is the show of compassion, sympathy and grief for these human beings?

Response to last week’s shootings

Dear Editor:

As people of faith, we are sad and disheartened at the events in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Dallas and elsewhere this past week. At our Unitarian Universalist worship service last Sunday, we recognized all the lives lost, and many tears were shed.

We acknowledge the fear that Black people feel, particularly young Black men, when confronted by the police. We also acknowledge the fear that police officers feel in the same situations. Steps must be taken to change the systems of oppression and culture of violence, which allow these conditions to persist.



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