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Revolution won't go away

Most of the Beltway pundits seem eager to write Bernie Sanders' political obituary. Dana Milbank (March 16) points to a Gallup Poll saying 87 percent of us are "satisfied in our personal lives," therefore Sanders' call for a political revolution is falling on deaf ears.

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Trump's oath unethical

Let Donald Trump trumpet all he wants, but he doesn't need to be president to do it. At the West Palm Beach rally just 11 days before the Florida primary, he demanded that those assembled take a public oath requesting them to stand and repeat after him that no matter the conditions, weather or otherwise, they bind themselves to go to the polls and vote for him.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016

Amy Goodman: Fascism? Can it happen here? 

“When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross,” goes a saying that is widely attributed to the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Sinclair Lewis. In 1935, Lewis wrote a novel called “It Can’t Happen Here,” positing fascism’s rise in the United States. We were taught that fascism was defeated in 1945, with the surrender of Germany and Japan in World War II. Yet the long shadows of that dark era are falling on the presidential campaign trail this year, with eruptions of violence, oaths of loyalty complete with Nazi salutes and, presiding over it all, Republican front-runner Donald Trump. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” the 20th-century philosopher George Santayana wrote. He lived in Europe through both world wars, and witnessed Italian fascism firsthand. Fascism was the violent political movement founded by Benito Mussolini, who took control of Italy in 1922. Mussolini had his political opponents beaten, jailed, tortured and killed, and ruled with an iron fist until he was deposed as Italy surrendered to the Allies in 1943. He was known as “Il Duce,” or “The Leader,” and provided early support to the nascent Nazi movement in Germany as Adolf Hitler rose to power in the 1930s.

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Defund climate scientists

We all hear that climate change is "settled science." That being so, isn't it time to defund all of the climate science researchers at universities and in the federal and state governments? Why waste all of that money?

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GOP should back voters

Regarding the March 6 article about George Nethercutt stating if Donald Trump got the Republican nomination, he would have to leave the mark blank when voting: As a former conservative Republican turned Independent, this is exactly what's wrong with today's Republican Party. They never do what they say they are going to do, and that's why you're seeing the voter's revolt and the turn to Trump. Voters are fed up with the do-nothing Congress on both sides, as proven their lowest ratings ever.

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Wolves, ecosystem intertwine

Brian McInerney (March 10 letters) asked the question, "Why did our forefathers eradicate wolves in the first place?" Perhaps for the same reason they decimated the enormous herds of bison, destroyed the culture, families, and religions of the native people, dishonored the treaties with those same native people, nearly wiped out the vast redwood forests in California and Oregon, trapped out vast areas of fur-bearing animals, built a dam in the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite, routed the grizzly bear population when white people first came to this country.

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Parting Shot — 5.3.16

The 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes, left, reacts to being acknowledged by President Barack Obama Tuesday, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House ...



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