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Controversies are stoked

Thanks for your editorial on baristas.

What I saw, mostly, from the barista furor was that neither side sought a modicum of dignity, or a wish to keep a lid on controversy, as much as they wanted to have it all their own way.

Of course, much the same goes for the politicians who shut down our government.

But, then, that’s the human condition from time immemorial; to swing between extremes of selfishness and nobility, but even that has become an interminable routine, including for the inevitable crazed gunman, terrorist or warring nation that thinks they can break new ground and achieve an ultimate resolution of any kind.

If there is such a thing, it may be in a technological advance that decides the issue, for all of us, forevermore.

Philip Mulligan



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